"PowerPoint cannot insert a video from the selected file" when you insert an MPEG-4 or QuickTime Movie file into a presentation

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Symptoms

On a slide in the 64-bit version of Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 or 2010, you try to insert a movie that uses one of following Apple QuickTime video and audio formats:

  • MPEG-4 video (*.mp4)

  • MPEG-4 audio (*.m4a)

  • QuickTime Movie (*.mov)

When you try to insert one of these formats, you receive the following error message:

"PowerPoint cannot insert a video from the selected file. Verify that the necessary 64-bit codec for this media format is installed, and then try again."

Cause

This issue occurs because currently the Windows operating system does not have a 64-bit video or audio codec for the three QuickTime media formats.

Workaround

To work around this issue, you can convert these video or audio files to the Windows Media Video file format (*.wmv) by using a third-party video or audio file converter.

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