M4A Audio Files in PowerPoint Aren't Imported into Articulate Storyline

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If you import a PowerPoint presentation with M4A audio files into Articulate Storyline, you may find that the audio files don't get imported.

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How to Extract Audio from a PowerPoint Presentation

If you'd prefer to import your M4A audio files into Storyline separately but you don't have backup copies of them, you may be able to extract them from the PowerPoint file as described below.

PowerPoint 2010 and Later:

If your PowerPoint presentation has a file extension of *.pptx, follow the steps below to extract the audio. However, if your presentation has a backwards-compatible file extension of *.ppt, convert it to *.pptx first by going to the File tab and clicking Convert (in the middle column). After converting it, follow these steps:

  1. Download and install 7-Zip. It's a free, third-party extraction tool.
  2. After installing 7-Zip, right-click your PowerPoint file, scroll to 7-Zip, and choose Extract to "<name of your project>".
  3. A folder with the same name will be created in the same location as your PowerPoint file. Open it to see the extracted contents.
  4. Open the ppt folder.
  5. Open the media folder. All the media from your presentation will be stored here. They'll have similar names (such as media1, media2, etc.), so you may have to open each one to find the audio you need.

PowerPoint 2007:

  1. Open your presentation in PowerPoint.
  2. Click the round Microsoft Office button in the upper left corner, scroll to Save As, and choose Other Formats.
  3. From the Save as type drop-down list, select Web Page.
  4. Browse to a location, and click Save.
  5. You'll see an HTML file and a corresponding folder (<name of your project>_files). Open the folder.
  6. The folder contains all the resources from your presentation. The easiest way to locate your M4A audio files is to switch to Details view and sort by file type.