Keep QuickTime out of it. Export an MP4 file or a WMV file.
But you need quicktime to be installed, to replay mp4 files in powerpoint:
I've tested it, it cannot be played without quicktime or any other codec pack.
In that case, I'd recommend just using WMV. Just like you can't guarantee K-lite will be installed, the same applies to QuickTime.
For windows that might work, but not for MAC (office 2011).
I should have noted that in my first post: we need mp4 (h.264) files to work proper in powerpoint with quicktime.
If we encode our vidios using other programs (for example xilisoft) h.264 is working in powerpoint.
But we cannot encode every video twice!
In that case, use MPEG, which should work fine on both Windows and Macs by default.
I repeat, we need H.264 (mp4).
I know the alternative codecs that could work in this single case (windows, mac powerpoint) but this is also the format we are using for replay on smartphones etc. so it should also be small and not have to much quality loss.
H.264 should meet this requirements, and the only problem actually is, that the h.264 exported videos form premiere are not working in powerpoint!
H.264 exported videos from other programs are working with powerpoint, so i think its simply a setting or something else?
Is it perhaps possible to add own filters/encoders to premiere?
I don't know why it's not working. There's no filters or settings I'm aware of that will make it work.
But given your own requirements for not controlling what additional software is installed, MP4 (which requires QuickTime) isn't a good choice. (Well, that and the fact that it's just not working.)
If you want a format for phones, export that out separately. This is how things are usually done, with different exports to meet different delivery demands. You can even export them both at the same time using Adobe media Encoder CS6, so upgrading might be work considering.
After some mo trial and error with the exporting settings we found the solution:
Under Multiplexing tab chose comtability: iPod.
Then you can replay H.264 exported Videos in Powerpoint.
If you dont know why its not working then stop ninja-posting 5 replies with alternatives, or "dont use quiciktime etc." posts.
I have my reasons why I ask for a H.264 Solution and not for alternatives.
If I can't solve the problem directly, I'll typically post other ways of getting the job done. It's how I think.
You might also check your export resolution settings. 1080p wmv exports can be glitchy in all kinds of ways when playing back in PowerPoint, even if the source file was 1080p. Try rendering a 720p instead and see if this helps.
According to Microsoft, all Mac OS versions of PowerPoint support MP4 file. For Windows, PowerPoint 2007 and lower version only support WMV, AVI, ASF, and MPG(MPEG-1) video formats, PowerPoint 2010 and higher added the support for MP4 format if you have Apple QuickTime player installed.
Converting your file to WMV(with WMV8 codec), AVI(with some ancient codec) or MPG format, is the most reliable way to ensure that you can add it to PowerPoint slide and the video is play-able even if you send your ppt to other people or play it on other machine.
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As for using the solution in post 8 above, this has problems. If you change to ipod multiplexing, then the quality of the exported video is quite a lot worse than a normal MP4. You get crawling noise on fine detail and an odd pulsing of the noise every few seconds. (This is related to the keyframe setting.) I have a video here that students shot in a forest, lots of fine detail in the tree trunk bark and all the leaves on the tree and the floor. With the Adobe YouTube H264 preset (1080p25 @ 8Mbps) the end result is fine but can only be used in Mac PowerPoint 2011 and not windows PowerPoint 2010. (2013 version has not been rolled out here.) If I repeat the export, changing only the multiplexing setting from standard to ipod then you see artefacts in the exported file. It does work in windows PowerPoint 2010, but its not a clean export.
Back to wmv for windows and mp4 for mac, until 2013 PowerPoint arrives and then we try again.
I've had the same problem and what I found is you have to encode your mp4 with the Base profile if you use the Main or High you get audio no video until fast forwarded. This has to do with something called Entropy. The 2 types used by mp4 are CABAC and CAVLC. Base profile uses one and Main and High use the other, I'm not sure which is which.
Unfortunately in my case, exporting to WMV produces a poor quality video specifically for any animations created in After Effects, even if I use the maximum bit rate. However videos in a PowerPoint presentation are usually resized, and displayed using poor quality projectors in partially lit rooms, so the artifacts are not as visible as on a monitor.
I recommend to export to a good intermediate codec like Cineform and then use FFMpeg (if you don't want to use command line, then use Handbrake) and re-encode it to Mpeg-4 part 2 (vague naming could be also H263 or DivX), Then you can get a high-res video with reasonable bitrate that plays well in PPT 2010 (embedded).
A little bit hardcore method I recommend to people who don't mind experimenting with actions or when you only have H264: use actions to play the video in an external player. VLC has good command line options. The advantage is that you can play any video on almost any computer.
WMV doesn't really work well compression-wise and H264 is unplayable via Quicktime (or anything that has to use QT).