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PowerPoint Friendly Video Formats

Learn about video file formats that are supported by various PowerPoint versions. Formats range from commonplace file types such as MP4 to some exotic types.


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OS: Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X



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Different PowerPoint versions support a plethora of video file formats. Not surprisingly, newer PowerPoint versions support a larger number of video file formats. This table provides information about video file format compatibility:

2002 Windows
2003 Windows
2007 Windows
2008 Mac
2010 Windows
2011 Mac
2013 Windows
2016 Mac
2016 Windows
2019 Mac
2019 Windows
365 Mac
365 Windows
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Windows Video Files (AVI) Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Windows Media Files (ASF, ASX, WM, WMX, WMD, WMZ, WMV, WVX) Y Y Y Y1 Y Y1 Y Y1 Y N Y N Y N
QuickTime Movie File (MOV) N N N Y N Y Y2 Y Y2 Y Y2 Y Y2 N
MP4 Video (MP4, M4V, MP4V, 3GP, 3GPP, 3G2, 3GP2) N N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Moving Picture Experts Group File (MPEG, MPG, MPE, M1V, M2V, MOD, MPV2, MP2V, MPA) Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
PlayLater Video (PLV) N N N N Y N Y Y N
MPEG-2 TS Video (M2TS, M2T, MTS, TS, TTS ) N N N N Y N Y Y N
Microsoft Recorded TV Show (DVR-MS) N N Y N Y N Y Y N
Windows Media Playlist (WPL) N N Y N Y N Y Y N
Flash (SWF) N N N N N N Y3 Y3 N
Flash (FLV) N N N N N N N N N
Matroska Multimedia Container (MKV) N N N N N N N N N
Xiph.Org Foundation Ogg Vorbis Video (OGV) N N N N N N N N N

Y: Yes
N: No

  1. With Flip4Mac installed
  2. With QuickTime installed
  3. Security Settings may prevent playback

Video Tools Format tab of the Ribbon
Figure 1: Video file inserted on a PowerPoint slide

Let us now explore the file types (also known as file formats or file extension types) themselves:

AVI

AVI files were synonomous with video clips in Microsoft Windows, and except in rare occasions, these were not very well compressed or optimized, and thus had larger file sizes. Nowadays, most users don't use AVI video clips, unless you have some older clips that you want to use.

WMV and ASF Video

After the MPG file type made it possible to achieve amazing compression levels, Microsoft introduced their own file type known as ASF, which was part of Microsoft NetShow. ASF stood for Advanced Streaming Format. You could have both audio and video ASF files, and that was a little confusing. So, Microsoft changed the nomenclature from ASF to WMA and WMV file types, which mean Windows Media Audio and Windows Media Video respectively.

QuickTime

QuickTime is Apple's old video format. It wasn't too widely used on the Windows platform. Like the AVI format, it isn't used much these days.

MP4

MP4, which is also known as MPEG-4 Part 14 is a popular video file format that supports video (and audio) but also subtitles and still images. The MP4 file format was developed by Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG), and was based on the QuickTime MOV video format, but since then, it has evolved further.

MPEG Video

MPEG is a video encoding standard that compresses slower but decompresses faster, which makes it a good file format to use in PowerPoint slides.

PlayLater Video

PlayLater video files are identified by their PLV file extensions. This is a proprietary file format from MediaMall Technologies, Inc., created for their PlayLater program. It is a format that’s rarely used these days.


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