Video and audio file formats supported in PowerPoint

Video and audio file formats supported in PowerPoint

Video recommendations

PowerPoint 2010: .wmv

Newer versions of PowerPoint: .mp4 files encoded with H.264 video and AAC audio

Audio recommendations

PowerPoint 2010: .wav, .wma

Newer versions of PowerPoint: .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.

Tip: Check out these YouTube videos from Microsoft Creators for more help with video and audio!

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

Windows Media Video file

.wmv

*Only PowerPoint 2013 and newer versions. 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.) PowerPoint 2013 and newer versions DO require the QuickTime Player to be installed for playing MP4 video files in one particular situation: when you are using Windows 7 running on a virtual machine (VM). 

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 newer versions. 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

See Also

Add audio to your presentation

Insert and play a video file from your computer

Insert or link to a video on YouTube

File formats that are supported in PowerPoint

YouTube: Tips on working with video and audio from Microsoft Creators

PowerPoint videos not playing on secondary monitor

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.

Tip: Check out these YouTube videos from Microsoft Creators for more help with video and audio!

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 macOSSupported formats

Supported video file formats in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac, PowerPoint 2019 for Mac, and PowerPoint for Microsoft 365 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

DVI movie

.dif

Supported audio file formats in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac, PowerPoint 2019 for Mac, and PowerPoint for Microsoft 365 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

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 or PowerPoint for Microsoft 365 for Mac. There are a number of 3rd 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

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

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

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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