PowerPoint 2010 Video Pipeline: Previous Versions of PowerPoint
Logic: know what videos files are now supported in version
I imagine you know of an incident where someone opened a
PowerPoint file and the video did not work. There were a lot of reasons,
even ones that
Microsoft admit to:
Your video file was linked and lost via email...
The video was linked through a path length > 128
You played the video and it popped into the top-most
The file format was not supported...
A specific codec not installed...
There was a conflict with incompatible hardware and
PowerPoint didn't do video
Quite frankly, while it seems PowerPoint did not do
video, that is true! Versions from 2007 and earlier handed video tot he
operating system; either the Media Control Interface (MCI) player or
Windows Media Player. If that didn't work, well you know the result!
Previously supported PowerPoint file types
On top of that, PowerPoint only supported a small number
of file types:
Windows media file (*.asf)
Windows video file (*.avi)
Movie file (*.mpg or *. mpeg)
Windows media video (*.wmv)
Any other type of file was thrown to something
PowerPoint could (hopefully) find to play it.
PowerPoint version 2010-
the good news!
PowerPoint 2010 now supports a
new range of file types:
Windows streaming media: *. asf and others
Windows video: *.avi and others
Windows media video: *.wmv and others
MP4: *.mp4 and others
MPEG: *.mpeg and others
MPEG-2 TS video: *.m2ts and others
QuickTime: *. mov and others (provided QuickTime
Player is installed on your system)
Adobe flash media: *.swf (provided Adobe Flash
Player -32 bit- is installed on your system)
Animated gif: which I do not consider video, and
Vorbis Ogg: *.ogg- yes- it's not something I personally use, but
it is supposed to be supported and works!
Source: Faithe Wempen-
PowerPoint 2010 Bible- p. 464.
As with any software- please check thoroughly on your
own and target machines. For example, I cannot insert the Windows
Streaming Media format of * dvr-ms (Windows Television)- simply makes my
PowerPoint 2010 unstable. But this is simply awesome!