Closed Caption file types supported by PowerPoint

Some videos contain multiple files for things like closed captions or subtitles. If you insert a video into PowerPoint and the video container has closed captions, PowerPoint's media player may or may not support playback of closed captions depending on their file format and which version of PowerPoint you’re using.

In the table below, you can find the supported file formats for closed captions in PowerPoint. File format support is based on which file formats the operating system can decode and/or parse. The information in the table is not exhaustive and is subject to change.


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MPEG-4 with CTA 608-E (R2014)

MPEG-4 with ISO/IEC 14496-17:2006 (MPEG-4 Timed Text)

MPEG-4 with ISO/IEC 14496-17:2006 (MPEG-4 Timed Text)

MPEG-4 with CTA 608-E (R2014)

MPEG-4 with CTA 708-E

MPEG-4 with CTA 708-E

MKV with various closed caption formats

MKV with various closed caption formats


Learn more in Add captions or subtitles in PowerPoint

See also

Accessibility features in video playback on PowerPoint

Set up your device to work with accessibility in Microsoft 365

Make your PowerPoint presentations accessible to people with disabilities

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