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Video and audio file formats supported in PowerPoint

Recommended formats

Video: .mp4 files encoded with H.264 video and AAC audio

Audio: .m4a files encoded with AAC audio

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

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

Windows Media Video file

.wmv

* When you are using Windows 7 running on a virtual machine (VM), the QuickTime Player is required to be installed for playing MP4 video files. (Read Download QuickTime for Windows, on the Apple site, for more information.)

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

Additional information

See Also

Add audio to your presentation

Insert and play a video file from your computer

File formats that are supported in PowerPoint

PowerPoint videos not playing on secondary monitor

Insert or link to a video on YouTube

Video recommendations

.mp4 files encoded with H.264 video and AAC audio

Audio recommendations

.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.

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 for macOS supported formats

Supported video file formats

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

DVI movie

.dif

Supported audio file formats

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

Ringtone

.m4r

AC-3 audio

.ac3

Enhanced AC-3 audio

.eac3, .ec3

Windows Media files (.wmv, .wma) aren't supported on PowerPoint for macOS. There are a number of third- party tools for Mac that can convert your .wmv or .wma file to one of the supported formats listed above.

Alternatively, if you have a Microsoft 365 subscription that includes Microsoft Stream, you can upload the .wmv or .wma file to Stream and insert it into your presentation from there. Learn more about Microsoft Stream.

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

VP8, VP9

.mkv

Supported audio file formats

File format

Extension

MP3 Audio file

.mp3

Windows Audio file

.wav

MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface)

.mid, .midi

Insert media into your slide

Once you have a converted media file in a suitable format with the correct encoding, go back to the PowerPoint 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 Insert and play a video file from your computer or Add audio to your slides.)

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