Fix: PowerPoint Cannot Insert A Video From the Selected File

Install the K-Lite codec pack to fix the issue

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  • If you cannot add a video on PowerPoint, your computer might miss a codec file.
  • To fix it, you need to use a handful of solutions, such as downloading the 64-bit codec file.
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Suppose you are getting PowerPoint and cannot insert a video from the selected file, verify the necessary 64-bit codec while trying to add a video to your PowerPoint slide.

In that case, you are not alone. Unfortunately, this happens to the best of us. Fortunately, it can be easily fixed.

Here, in this guide, we will discuss some of the best methods to fix this issue right after explaining the causes.

What causes PowerPoint cannot insert a video from the selected file? 

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There could be various reasons for PowerPoint cannot insert a video from the selected file; some of the popular ones are: 

  • Video format not supported PowerPoint supports limited video file formats, including MP4, AVI, and WMV. If you try to add a video file to PowerPoint whose file format is not supported, you might get this error.
  • Incompatible video codec – If the video codec used to compress the video is not recognized by PowerPoint, then you might get this error.
  • Video file corrupted – If the video file you are trying to add to PowerPoint is damaged, you won’t be able to add it, hence the issue.
  • Large video file – PowerPoint has a file size limit for video. So, if you are adding a large video file that PowerPoint can’t handle, you might get this error.
  • Missing codecs – If your computer misses the necessary codecs for PowerPoint, you might see this error. You need to install the codecs on your own.
  • Video file is protected – The video file that you are trying to add to PowerPoint is protected or embedded. Therefore you need rights to access the video file. 

What can I do if PowerPoint cannot insert a video from the selected file? 

Before engaging in the troubleshooting steps, go through these preliminary checks to fix the issue:

  • Use .MP4 files encoded with H.264 video and AAC audio. The video will be compatible with PowerPoint for both Windows and Mac.
  • Check the video file to see if it was downloaded or copied correctly and was not damaged.
  • Compress the video if it is a large file.

1. Install K-Lite Codec Pack 

  1.  Go to the official website of K-Lite Codec Packs.
  2. You will get four variations of the pack. First, choose the Standard pack and download it.Klite -powerpoint cannot insert a video from the selected file
  3. Choose Save if prompted.
  4. Double-click on K-Lite_Codec_Pack_1365_Standard.exe and choose the appropriate option from the installation wizard.
  5. Choose Normal mode.Normal -powerpoint cannot insert a video from the selected file
  6. Click Next.
  7. Modify or accept the installation preferences, then click Next.K-Lite_Codec_Pack_1740_NEXT
  8. On the Additional Tasks and Options, click Next.Additional Tasks and Options
  9. Click Next on the MPC-HC configuration window.MPC -HC configuration Next
  10. Place a checkmark next to Decoding Method under Hardware Acceleration. Click Next.Decoding method
  11. On the next page, for the Preferred Language, accept the default and click Next.Preferred language Next
  12. Click Next on the Audio configuration settings. On the next window, you will be offered additional software; decline the offer.Audio configuration
  13. Now under Ready to Install, click the Install button.Read to install
  14. Once it is installed, restart your PC, then try to add the video to PowerPoint.

2. Change the video format

  1. Open your preferred browser and go to the online video converter website.
  2. Click on the website’s Select or drop file button to add your video file.Select or drop file -powerpoint cannot insert a video from the selected file
  3. From the list of different video formats, choose WMV.
  4. The website will convert the video file, and you can download it once ready.

3. Make changes to video settings. 

  1. Select, right-click on the video file and click Properties
  2. Now on the General tab, put a checkmark next to Unblock.Unblock -powerpoint cannot insert a video from the selected file
  3. Click Apply and OK. Try to add the video again.

4. Enable Windows Media Player controls in PowerPoint

  1. Launch PowerPoint. Click File.File tab PowerPoint -powerpoint cannot insert a video from the selected file
  2. Select Options.Options
  3. Click Customize Ribbon; from the Choose commands here, select Main tabsPOWERPNT_Customize Ribbons
  4. Click Developer from the list, and choose Add.
  5. Click OK.
  6. Now from the Developer tab, select More Controls from the Controls section.Developer Controls
  7. From the next window, select Windows Media Player and click OK. Try to add the video to PowerPoint.Windows Media Player

5. Update drivers 

  1. Press Windows + R to open the Run window.Device Manager RUN COMMAND
  2. Type devmgmt.msc and hit Enter to open Device Manager.
  3. Locate and click Sound, video and game controllers to expand it.Update driver -powerpoint cannot insert a video from the selected file
  4. Right-click on every driver present one by one and select Update driver.
  5. On the next window, select Search automatically for drivers.Update drivers - search automatically
  6. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete.

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So, these are some methods you can use to fix PowerPoint that cannot insert a video from the selected file. Try them and let us know which worked for you in the comments section below.

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