How to Easily Extract Embedded Media from PowerPoint Slides
Article by: Avantix Learning Team
Posted: 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 article: A Beginner’s Guide to Video Formats in PowerPoint
Extract video and audio files by changing the file extension
To extract embedded video and audio files from a PowerPoint deck:
- In Windows Explorer, click on the presentation (it should have a .pptx extension) with the embedded video and audio you wish to extract.
- Right-click and choose Copy or press Control + C.
- Right-click and choose Paste or press Control + V.
- Right-click on the copy of the presentation and choose Rename.
- Change the file extension .pptx to .zip. (Windows must be set to display file extensions).
- Press Enter. A dialog box appears warning you that the file may become unusable if you change the extension.
- Click on Yes to continue. The file icon changes to a folder icon.
- Double-click on the zipped folder. The zipped folder contains multiple folders (some contain information such as XML code or properties).
- Double-click on the ppt folder.
- Double-click on the media folder to display video, audio and image files. Copy these files (or the entire folder) for use in other presentations.
Linked audio and video files will not be extracted.
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