Friday, March 25, 2011

How to Add a MP4 Video into PowerPoint 2007

As we know Office PowerPoint provides us a "Insert" function to add picture, music and video into PowerPoint slide. Many people like to add short videos to make the PPT more attractive. But the video format supported by PowerPoint is limited. The best formats that all PowerPoint versions can support are AVI and WMV, which are created by Microsoft itself.

But if you want to add a MP4 video to PowerPoint, which is the representative of High definition videos, you have to check your PowerPoint version first.

For PowerPoint 2003 or below, there is no way to add a MP4 video.

For PowerPoint 2010, you can directly click "Insert" to add MP4 video to PowerPoint slide.

However, the PowerPoint 2007 is special that I need to explain it in detail.
Though you cannot click "Insert" to add a MP4 video directly, there is another way.

Step 1: Enable control.

Because the default state in PowerPoint 2007, the control function is hidden, we need to enable it firstly as follows:

1. Left click" office button" in PowerPoint 2007

2. Hit" PowerPoint options" to open it

3. In the open box, select" Popular" tab, check the option that "Show developer tab in the ribbon", at last click" OK".

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Return to the PowerPoint edition interface, there will be a new option-"developer" on the toolbar.

Step 2: How to Insert a MP4 video

1.Click" developer" button to enter its menu layout

2. Select" More controls" button in " control" area, there will pop up a dialogue box

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3. In the dialogue box, select" Windows Media Player", click" OK" to close the dialogue box. Then the mouse will become"+".

4. Drag the mouse, the player interface of Windows Media Player will appear in the PPT.

5. Select the player interface, right click, select" properties", a dialogue box will pop up.

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6. Input the path and name of video file in" URL" option.

7. Close" properties" window, and you have inserted the MP4 video successfully.

When playing the MP4 video that is inserted into the PowerPoint, you have full control options such as play, pause, volume or stop.

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  1. Awesome, thanks :)
    Any idea how to make the "Fullscreen" option persist? ie: under "Custom" on the properties tag, I can specify Fullscreen playback. But if for any reason the video is Escaped, then the playback is no-longer fullscreen, and I have to go all the way back into Properties again to reset it.

  2. The following is a step by step guide on how to convert MP4 to PowerPoint Presentation compatible format on Windows or Mac at Then it is dead easy to insert and embed the converted MP4 to PowerPoint for easy play.

    This guide applies to:

    Convert and play MP4 files in any version of PowerPoint Presentation including PowerPoint 2010, 2007, 2003, 2000, 2002, 2005 or even PowerPoint 95, 97.

    Convert Flip MP4 to PowerPoint compatible format for easy insert and play

    Convert MP4 video from iTunes to PowerPoint for easy insert MP4 into PowerPoint

    Convert MP4 files from QuickTime/iMovie/iDVD to PowerPoint supported video format

    Convert MP4 from iPad/iPhone/iPod to PowerPoint supported format

    Convert MP4 downloaded from YouTube or other websites to PowerPoint

    Convert MP4 to PowerPoint supported MPEG, WMV, MOV, AVI, ASF, SWF

    Convert and play other video formats including FLV, F4V, SWF, H.264, MKV, 3GP, RMVB, WebM, VOB, DV and more in PowerPoint Presentation

  3. Thanks for sharing your info. I really appreciate your efforts and I will be waiting for your further write ups thanks once again.
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  4. you may also refer to this step by step guide on how to add mp4 to powerpoint at

  5. Nice tutorial. I would just like to say thanks, for your instructions worked first time.
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  6. You make some very great points that all should follow!  I will need to deeply consider some of them! It really isn't that easy as the many people make it seem.  You really ought to be very very persistenet and you should never give up.  The results will show in due time.
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  7. This seems quite helpful. I shall try it.

  8. I tried it and it really worked.

  9. Many people like to add short videos to make the PPT more attractive. But the video format supported by PowerPoint is mp4

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  11. Awesome, thanks :)
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  12. Awesome, thanks :)
    What a nice.............
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  13. In order to successfully add and play any MP4 files on any version of PowerPoint, a recommended solution is convert MP4 to PowerPoint more compatible video format like AVI, WMV, ASF, MPG.

    iDealshare VideoGo is just the right MP4 to PowerPoint Converter which can convert all kinds of MP4 to PowerPoint supported WMV, AVI, ASF, MPG, SWF, MP4. Besides converting MP4 to PowerPoint, it also helps to convert any other video formats including MOV, M4V, FLV, F4V, MKV, 3GP, WTV, DVR, MXF, Apple ProRes, RMVB, DV, VOB, MTS, AVCHD, OGV, WebM, and etc to PowerPoint video or audio format. It even supports to convert FLAC, OGG, APE, 3GA, M4A, M4B, QCP, VOC, DTS, RA, AC3, CAF and etc to PowerPoint compatible AIFF, MP3, WMA, WAV, AU.

    Step by step guide at

  14. just find a good video converter to help to do so, such as aiseesoft video converter for mac is such a tooll which I have been using for a long time for convert mp4 to mov for editing and insert to powerpoint. just have a try at: . good luck!!

  15. it does work but it only plays the sound and no video even though the format was .mp4
    any suggestions?

  16. Converting your file to WMV(with WMV8 codec), AVI(with some ancient codec) or MPG format, is the most reliable way to ensure that you can add it to PowerPoint slide and the video is play-able even if you send your ppt to other people or play it on other machine.

    Faasoft Video Converter can easily convert MP4 files to PowerPoint supported formats like WMV, AVI, ASF, and MPG(MPEG-1).

    Here is a detailed guide at:

  17. I have the 2010 version, but when I try to add the .mp4 video, it tells me " verify that the necessary 64-bit coded for this media format is installed, and then try again." what do I do?

  18. I like your style of writing. You break it down nicely. Very informative post. Keep up the good work.
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  19. You may refer to this step by step guide to convert MP4 file into PowerPoint more friendly format, insert MP4 file into PowerPoint and finally successfully play MP4 in PowerPoint at