1. Technology

Movies or Video Clips in PowerPoint

By

2 of 3

Choose a Movie File Type for Use in PowerPoint
Movie file types to use in PowerPoint

Movie file types to use in PowerPoint

Screen shot © Wendy Russell

Not All Movie File Types are Equal

Movie file types, which are indicated by the file extension, are many. Not all movie file types are compatible with PowerPoint. The most commonly used compatible movie file types for PowerPoint are -

  • WMV
  • AVI
  • MPG
  • ASF

A further consideration is the file size of the movie file to be inserted into your presentation. A large movie file size may not even play on your computer. Generally, an AVI file is much larger than the MPG or WMV file types. You may need to consider using other software to first compress your movie file into a smaller size before inserting it into PowerPoint. However, be aware, that with video compression comes some loss of quality.

Choose Your Movie File Type
  1. At the bottom of the Insert Movie dialog box, click the drop down arrow beside Files of type:
  2. Choose the correct file type from the list.
  3. Locate the movie file on your computer.
  4. Click OK.

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.