How to Import H.264 Into PowerPoint

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How to Import H.264 Into PowerPoint
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Using a high definition video in your next PowerPoint presentation will help to capture your audience's attention and drive home your message. The H.264 video codec supports high definition video and audio and it can be used with many different file formats such as MP4, MPEG, AVI and MOV to name just a few. PowerPoint can play back video encoded with the H.264 codec as long as it's used in a PowerPoint compatible file format like ASF, AVI, MPG, MPEG or WMV. If your H.264 video isn't in one of the compatible formats, you'll need to convert it before using it in PowerPoint.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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  1. 1

    Download a video conversion software to use. Some free options are FreeMake at and Handbrake and You can choose the commercial Roxio Video Converter from for £19. Once you've downloaded the software, install it according to the instructions of the manufacturer.

  2. 2

    Open your video conversion software and select the source file. There may be a button labelled "Source" or you might need to click on the "File" menu then choose "Source." Browse on your computer to find the H.264 file you want to convert and double-click it to open it in your video conversion software.

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    Choose the output file or destination file type. Use a file format that PowerPoint can read such as: AVI, ASF, MPG, MPEG or WMV. In Handbrake you will need to manually edit the file name by replacing the last three letters of the "Destination File" with "AVI" instead of MP4. In FreeMake you can click the button at the bottom with the correct file type. In Roxio scroll in the list of devices and select WMV. Press the "Convert" or "Start" button.

  4. 4

    Open PowerPoint and click the "Insert" tab. Click the down arrow under "Movie" then click "Movie from File." Browse to the file you just created and double-click it. Select whether you want the movie to play automatically or on a mouse click by clicking the appropriate button in the pop-up window.

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