Try This Great Trick to Easily Extract Embedded Media from PowerPoint Slides

Avantix Learning Team | Updated July 15, 2017

Applies to: Microsoft® PowerPoint® 2010, 2013 and 2016 (Windows)

If you want to extract embedded video or audio files from a Microsoft PowerPoint deck to use in another presentation, you can copy and paste them between presentations or you can extract them by converting the presentation to a zip file type. Starting in PowerPoint 2010, video and sound files are embedded (copied into the presentation) by default

The following trick works with any Microsoft PowerPoint file using XML (Extensible Markup Language) format. XML files are stored as a package and can therefore be unzipped. They also end with an “x” such as .pptx.

In order to use the following procedure, Windows Explorer must be set so that it shows file names with extensions.

Recommended articles: A Beginner’s Guide to Video Formats in PowerPoint and How to Quick Remove Animations in PowerPoint Presentations

Extract video and audio files by changing the file extension

To extract embedded video and audio files from a PowerPoint deck:

  1. In Windows Explorer, select the presentation (it should have a .pptx extension) with the embedded video and audio you wish to extract.
  2. Right-click and choose Copy or press Control + C.
  3. Right-click and choose Paste or press Control + V.
  4. Right-click the copy of the presentation and choose Rename.
  5. Change the file extension .pptx to .zip. (Windows must be set to display file extensions).
  6. Press Enter. A dialog box appears warning you that the file may become unusable if you change the extension.
  7. Click Yes to continue. The file icon changes to a folder icon.
  8. Double-click the zipped folder. The zipped folder contains multiple folders (some contain information such as XML code or properties).
  9. Double-click the ppt folder.
  10. Double-click the media folder to display video, audio and image files.
  11. Copy these files (or the entire folder) to another location for use in other presentations.

Linked audio and video files will not be extracted.

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