What video format should I use for Powerpoint?

Please note: .mp4, .m4v, and Quicktime .mov video files have limited support in Powerpoint 2013 and later versions only (see below)

In PowerPoint 2010 and later, you can embed or link several types of audio and video files in a presentation. The following tables show the video and audio file types you can use with PowerPoint. PowerPoint may also support additional file types if you install additional video and audio decoders on your PC.


  • In PowerPoint 2013 and later, for the best video playback experience, we recommend that you use .mp4 videos encoded with H.264 video (a.k.a. MPEG-4 AVC) and AAC audio. For audio, we recommend using .m4a files encoded with AAC audio.
  • Certain older video file formats may not compress or export properly in Office on a Windows RT PC. Instead, use modern media formats such as H.264 and Advanced Audio Coding (AAC), which PowerPoint 2013 RT supports. PowerPoint 2010 supports the AAC format if the correct codec (such as the Apple QuickTime player or ffDShow) is installed.
  • Getting an error when trying to insert a video? See the links at the end of this article for possible solutions.

File formats and their extensions

  • 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 

*PowerPoint 2013 and later only. Videos in the .mp4, .mov, and .qt formats can be played in PowerPoint 2010 if the Apple QuickTime player is installed.

**Adobe Flash isn’t available in Office on a Windows RT PC.


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