PowerPoint supported adding videos to presentations for years, but the web app didn’t have all the features of desktop PowerPoint. Microsoft is trying to change that with a new update.
Microsoft confirmed in a blog post today that PowerPoint on the web now supports uploading videos for use in presentations. Until now, the web application was limited to embedding videos from other platforms, such as YouTube. You can simply click the Insert tab on the ribbon toolbar, click the Video dropdown menu, and select ‘Video from device’ to choose a file. It comes just a few days after PowerPoint on the web received automatic formatting for lists.
You’re still limited to videos up to 256MB in size, but that should be enough for most presentations – if you really need a 4K video or longer video on one of your slides, uploading an unlisted YouTube video probably it will work better anyway. Microsoft recommends using .MP4 videos, but PowerPoint on the web can also recognize MOV, WMV, AVI, M4V, MKV, ASF, and TS files.
Microsoft says the new feature is still rolling out, so if you don’t see it in your browser, it should show up soon.
Source: Microsoft 365 Insider blog