Video and audio file formats supported in PowerPoint

Video and audio file formats supported in PowerPoint

Video recommendations

PowerPoint 2010: .wmv

PowerPoint 2013, PowerPoint 2016, PowerPoint 2016 for Mac: .mp4 files encoded with H.264 video and AAC audio

Audio recommendations

PowerPoint 2010: .wav, .wma

PowerPoint 2013, PowerPoint 2016, PowerPoint 2016 for Mac: .m4a files encoded with AAC audio

These names and formats sound complicated, but you can easily convert to and use these formats without having to know anything more than the names.

Supported formats

Supported video file formats

File Format

Extension

Windows Video file (Some .avi files may require additional codecs)

.asf

Windows Video file (Some .avi files may require additional codecs)

.avi

MP4 Video file*

.mp4, .m4v, .mov

Movie file

.mpg or .mpeg

Adobe Flash Media**

.swf

Windows Media Video file

.wmv

*Only PowerPoint 2013 and later. The 32-bit version of PowerPoint 2010 can play an .mp4 or .mov file only if the computer has a QuickTime Player installed. (Read Download QuickTime for Windows, on the Apple site, for more information.)

**Adobe Flash isn’t available in Office on a Windows RT PC. Want to see what version of Office you're using?

Supported audio file formats

File format

Extension

AIFF Audio file

.aiff

AU Audio file

.au

MIDI file

.mid or .midi

MP3 Audio file

.mp3

Advanced Audio Coding - MPEG-4 Audio file*

.m4a, .mp4

Windows Audio file

.wav

Windows Media Audio file

.wma

*Only PowerPoint 2013 and later. The 32-bit version of PowerPoint 2010 can only play an .mp4 or .mov file if the computer has a QuickTime Player installed. (Read Download QuickTime for Windows, on the Apple site, for more information.)

Additional information

Audio from the iTunes Store may not play back when shared

Music files purchased from the iTunes Store can only be played on authorized computers, so people whom you share presentations with might be unable to play iTunes files.

PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

Supported video file formats in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

File Format

Extension

AVI movie (Some .avi files may require additional codecs)

.avi or .vfw

MPEG-4 movie

.mp4, .mpg4

Apple MPEG-4 movie

.m4v

MPEG movie

.mpg, .mpeg, .mpe, .m75, .m15

MPEG-2 video

.m2v

MPEG-2 Transport Stream

.ts

QuickTime movie

.mov or .qt

DV movie

.dv or .dif

Supported audio file formats in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

File format

Extension

AIFF Audio file

.aiff or .aif

AU Audio file

.au or .snd

MP3 Audio file

.mp3 or .mpga

MP2 audio

.mp2

MPEG-4 Audio file

mp4 or .mpg4

Waveform Audio file

.wav, .wave,.bwf

Audible.com audio

.aa or .aax

Apple MPEG-4 audio

.m4a

Advanced Audio Coding - MPEG-2 Audio file

.aac or .adts

Apple CoreAudio format

.caf

Adaptive Multi-rate Audio

.amr

Ringtone

.m4r

AC-3 audio

.ac3

Enhanced AC-3 audio

.eac3, .ec3

Windows Media files (.wmv, .wma) aren't supported on PowerPoint 2016 for Mac. However, if Flip4Mac is installed on your Mac and you already have a .wmv or .wma file inserted on a slide, PowerPoint 2016 for Mac will offer to convert it in place to an .mp4 or .mp3 file.

PowerPoint for Mac 2011

Supported video file formats in PowerPoint for Mac 2011

File Format

Extension

AVI movie

.avi, .vfw

DVI movie

.dv, .dif

MPEG movie

.mpg, .mpeg, .mpe, .m75, .m15

MPEG-2 video

.m2v

MPEG-2 Transport Stream

.ts

MPEG-4 movie

Apple MPEG-4 movie

.mp4, .mpg4

.m4v

QuickTime movie

.mov, .qt

Windows Media Video file*

.wmv*

* Windows media format (.wmv) requires a that you install a plugin named Flip4Mac for playback on Mac OS X.

Supported audio file formats in PowerPoint for Mac 2011

File format

Extension

AC-3 Audio

Enhanced AC-3 audio

.ac3

.eac3, .ec3

Adaptive multi-rate audio

.amr

Apple Lossless Audio

.m4a

AU audio

.au, .snd

Audible.com audio

.aa, .aax

Audio Interchange File Format

.aif, .aiff, .aifc

QuickTime Movie Sound^

.mov, .moov, .qt

Core Audio File

.caf

MPEG Audio Layer-2

.mp2

MPEG Audio Layer-3

.mp3, .mpga

MPEG-4 Audio

.mp4, .mpg4, .m4a

Ringtone

.m4r

Windows Media Audio*

.wma, .asf

Windows Waveform Audio file

.wave, .wav, .bwf

^QuickTime Virtual Reality (QTVR) files, which also have a file extension of .mov or .qt, don't play in a PowerPoint for Mac 2011 presentation.

*Windows media formats (.wav/.wma) require a plugin named Flip4Mac for playback on Mac OS X.

Insert the file in your slide

Once you have a converted media file in a suitable format with the correct encoding, go back to the PowerPoint 2016 for Mac slide where you want to insert your video or audio file. On the Insert tab of the ribbon, click Audio or Video. (For complete details about inserting the media file, see Add a video to your PowerPoint 2016 for Mac presentation or Add audio to your slide show in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac.)

Audio from the iTunes Store may not play back when shared

Music files purchased from the iTunes Store can only be played on authorized computers, and people with whom you share presentations might be unable to play iTunes files.

Supported video file formats

File Format

Extension

MP4 Video file

.mp4, .m4v, .mov

Movie file

.mpg or .mpeg

Supported audio file formats

File format

Extension

AIFF Audio file

.aiff

AU Audio file

.au

MP3 Audio file

.mp3

Advanced Audio Coding - MPEG-4 Audio file

.m4a, .mp4

Supported video file formats

File Format

Extension

MP4 Video file

.mp4, .3gp, .ts

VP8, VP9

.webm, .mkv

Supported audio file formats

File format

Extension

MP3 Audio file

.mp3

Advanced Audio Coding - MPEG-4 Audio file

.m4a, .mp4, .3gp, .ts, .aac

MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface)

.mid, .xmf, .mxmf, .rtttl, .rtx, .ota, .imy

FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec)

.flac

Open source

.mkv, .ogg

You can play the following audio and video formats in PowerPoint Mobile and PowerPoint for Windows Phone 10, but you can't play YouTube videos.

Supported video file formats

File format

Extension

Windows Media file

.asf

Windows Video file (Some .avi files may require additional codecs)

.avi

MP4 Video file

.mp4, .m4v, .mov

Movie file

.mpg or .mpeg

Adobe Flash Media

.swf

Windows Media Video file

.wmv

Supported audio file formats

File format

Extension

AIFF Audio file

.aiff

AU Audio file

.au

MIDI file

.mid or .midi

MP3 Audio file

.mp3

Advanced Audio Coding - MPEG-4 Audio file*

.m4a, .mp4

Windows Audio file

.wav

Windows Media Audio file

.wma

Wrong format? Convert and re-insert your file

If PowerPoint doesn’t let you insert a video or audio file, convert it to the recommended format:

  1. Go online to CloudConvert.com.

  2. Click Select Files. The Open dialog box appears. Navigate to the folder that contains the video or audio file you want to convert.

    In the dialog box, choose the media file you want to convert

    Alternatively, to select a file stored in the cloud, select the arrow next to Select Files, and choose the cloud system (Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, or OneDrive) where your media file is stored.

  3. Select the media file and then click Open.

  4. The name of your selected media file and its format are shown on the page.

    Your file selection is shown on the page
  5. Click the Format button ( The Format button ), and choose the appropriate format for the media file.

    The options under the Format button allow you to specify which media format you want to convert to
  6. Click the Conversion Options button: The Conversion Options button

  7. Select a Video Codec, and/or Audio Codec.

    The Conversion Options dialog box has options for the Video Code and the Audio Codec

    (There are other options available in the dialog box to choose from for people who have more expertise with media files.)

  8. Click Okay.

    The web page now summarizes the conversion: The format you're starting with is named on the left side, and the format that it'll be converted to is named on the right.

  9. Click the red Start Conversion button at the bottom of the page.

    The Start Conversion button

    When the conversion is complete, a green Download button appears on the page.

  10. Click Download.

    When the conversion process is finished, a green Download button appears so that you can copy the converted media file back to your PC

    The file is copied to your Windows Downloads folder. You can then move it to any folder you like. It's ready to be inserted in your PowerPoint presentation.

    The converted file is copied to your computer's Downloads folder

(CloudConvert.com is independent of Microsoft. Microsoft makes no warranty, implied or otherwise, about the performance or reliability of that service.)

Go back to the PowerPoint slide where you want to insert your video or audio file. On the toolbar ribbon, on the Insert tab of the Media group, choose the arrow under Audio or Video and then choose the appropriate command for inserting your file.

On the Insert tab of the PowerPoint toolbar ribbon, select Audio or Video

For complete details about inserting the media file, see:

See Also

Add audio to your presentation

Add and play a video in a presentation

Insert or link to a video on YouTube

File formats that are supported in PowerPoint

PowerPoint 2016 videos not playing on secondary monitor

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