troubleshooting Question

Why does Microsoft Office recommend the use of "m4a files encoded with AAC audio" for PowerPoint audio?

Avatar of Jamie Garroch (MVP)
Jamie Garroch (MVP)Flag for United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland asked on
Microsoft OfficeMicrosoft PowerPointDigital Audio
4 Comments2 Solutions510 ViewsLast Modified:
So I’m sitting here working on a video project which the client has specified must be done in PowerPoint. The script is done and the voice over (VO) artist asks me “what format do you want the audio files in?”. I initially say “MP3” but after checking, I find this Microsoft Office article that recommends .m4a with AAC:

https://support.office.com/en-gb/article/Video-and-audio-file-formats-supported-in-PowerPoint-d8b12450-26db-4c7b-a5c1-593d3418fb59?ui=en-US&rs=en-GB&ad=GB&fromAR=1

The VO artists says “are you sure? I’ve never been asked for that before” and I start do doubt the logic behind the recommendation.

Does anyone know why Microsoft are making this recommendation? Will there be any “nasties” uncovered if I use MP3? And if they go to the trouble of making a recommendation, why not specify recommended encoding parameters such as sampling and bit rates e.g. 16 bit @ 48kHz?
ASKER CERTIFIED SOLUTION
Join our community to see this answer!
Unlock 2 Answers and 4 Comments.
Start Free Trial
Learn from the best

Network and collaborate with thousands of CTOs, CISOs, and IT Pros rooting for you and your success.

Andrew Hancock - VMware vExpert
See if this solution works for you by signing up for a 7 day free trial.
Unlock 2 Answers and 4 Comments.
Try for 7 days

”The time we save is the biggest benefit of E-E to our team. What could take multiple guys 2 hours or more each to find is accessed in around 15 minutes on Experts Exchange.

-Mike Kapnisakis, Warner Bros