Supported file formats for import

Imported files may require transcoding. DVD- or Blu‑ray Disc-compliant assets typically do not require transcoding, while noncompliant assets do.

Supported video file formats

You can import any of the following types of video files:

  • AVI (Windows)
  • DV‑AVI (Mac OS)
  • DTS HD

Note: You cannot playback a DTS HD file within Encore or modify the file. In addition,
you cannot add this file to motion menus. You can only add the file to a timeline.
This feature is not supported for Flash and DVD projects.

  • H.264
  • MPEG‑2 (including MPG, MPV, and M2V)
  • Apple QuickTime® (MOV; including Reference Movies)—requires QuickTime installed on Windows systems
  • WMV (Windows Media File)

Video must conform to one of the following frame rates and frame sizes, depending on the TV standard you plan to use for the project.

Frame rates and sizes for standard-definition video formats are as follows.




Frame rate (frames per second)






Frame size (pixels)

720 x 480

720 x 486

704 x 480

720 x 576

704 x 576

Frame rates and sizes for high-definition video formats are as follows.




Frame rate (frames per second)






Frame size (pixels)

720 x 480

1280 x 720

1440 x 1080

1920 x 1080

720 x 576

1280 x 720

1440 x 1080

1920 x 1080


If the high-definition video assets that you import are H.264 encoded, transcode them to 23.976 fps if assets have 24 fps frame rate. Encore cannot burn a Blu-ray project with H.264 assets set to 24 fps.

Supported still-image formats

You can import any of the following types of still-image files:

  • Adobe Photoshop (PSD), RGB color space

  • Bitmap (BMP)

  • GIF

  • JPEG

  • PICT

  • Portable Network Graphics (PNG)

  • Targa (TGA)

  • TIFF

    Note: PSD files must be 8‑bit when imported as image assets; when imported as menus they can be 8‑bit or 16‑bit. TIFF files cannot be imported as menus.

Supported audio file formats

You can import any of the following types of audio files:

  • AC3 (Dolby® Digital)

  • Audio Interchange File Format (AIF, AIFF; not AIFF‑C)

  • Digital Theater Sound (DTS)

  • mp3

  • MPG or M2P (including MPEG‑1, MPA, Layer II)

  • QuickTime (MOV)

  • WAV (32‑bit floating-point files are transcoded; 96‑kHz 16/24‑bit files are not transcoded)

  • WMA

    Note: DTS audio files will not play during Preview in Encore, even though they will play from the burned disc.

Upper field first support

Encore provides upper field first support for DVDs. If you import a file with an upper field first setting, Encore retains the setting after the import and creates a timeline accordingly. If you transcode this file, Encore maintains the setting in the transcoded file. This feature enhances video quality in Encore.

Advantages of transcoding before or after import

A DVD or Blu‑ray Disc player can play only video that conforms to certain standards. However, video does not need to be Blu‑ray Disc- or DVD-compliant before you import it (though it does need to have the correct frame rate and frame size). Encore includes a transcoding engine that can compress (or transcode) files for DVD or Blu‑ray Disc playback. You can transcode video before you import it (in a video-editing application), on import, or when you are ready to build the final project.

Whether you transcode before or after import is up to you. Encore handles both transcoded and untranscoded files equally well.

Transcoding before import

Importing transcoded DVD- or Blu‑ray Disc-compliant content allows you to work with the exact assets that will appear on the disc. Also, because the content is already compliant, the time it takes to build the project will be reduced.


In certain instances, Encore needs to transcode DVD- or Blu‑ray Disc-compliant files. For example, if the data rate of a DVD-compliant file is too high for the amount of content, the program transcodes the file to bring its data rate down.

Transcoding after import

Allowing Encore to transcode your content gives you more flexibility in placing chapter points (markers within the timeline of the video), inserting subtitles, and trimming your files. The MPEG‑2 compression scheme used in transcoding divides the footage into chunks, called a group of pictures (GOP). Once transcoded, you can place chapter points and trim only at the header of each GOP, not at specific frames within the group. If you haven’t transcoded the file, you are not restricted by GOP headers. In addition, when Encore does transcode the file, it creates GOP headers at every chapter point you set.

Nontranscoded files also give you more flexibility at build time. In large projects, you often need to adjust the video data rate to fit all the video and audio assets on the DVD. If a file is already transcoded, you might have to transcode it again at a lower data rate, or lower the data rate of the other content to reduce file size.

Import assets and menus

Assets can include any combination of the supported content types. You can use video and audio files for your program content or for motion and sound in menus. You can use still images for menu and program content. You can import files stored on your local drive or a network drive.

You can save a step by importing content directly to a timeline, slideshow, or menu. The content must be of the appropriate type to use these shortcuts. While you can import any supported file type as a timeline, you can import only still images as a slideshow and only PSD files as a menu.

For a list of supported file types, see Supported file formats for import.

Import as an asset

  1. Make sure that the Project panel is active, and choose File > Import As > Asset.

  2. Navigate to the file or files that you want to import, select them, and click Open.


You can also drag an asset from Microsoft Windows Explorer or the Mac OS Finder into the Project panel.

When you import MPEG 2 files, Encore indexes the MPEG2 files and checks whether the files are DVD legal and Blu-ray legal in the background. Background processing reduces the time to import assets.

It helps quickly release system resources to enable users to resume other activities.

When indexing the MPEG 2 files, Encore displays the files as Pending Media with file names in italics. After indexing completes, Encore updates the status of these files to Completed and displays their names in regular font.

When checking whether the imported MPEG 2 files are Blu-ray legal, Encore displays their status as Pending. At this stage, you cannot transcode these files or burn the project on a blu-ray disc. After checking the files, Encore updates the status of each file to reflect whether it is Blu-ray legal.

When checking whether the imported files are DVD legal, Encore displays their status as Pending. At this stage, you cannot transcode these files or burn the project on a DVD or Blu-ray disc. After checking the files, Encore updates the status of each file to reflect whether it is DVD legal. Encore also updates the group of pictures (GOP) information of the imported file.

Import as a timeline

When you import an asset as a timeline, Encore places both the asset and its timeline in the Project panel. The timeline also appears in the Timeline panel.

  1. Choose File > Import As > Timeline.

  2. Navigate to the file you want to import, select it, and then click Open.

Import still images as a slideshow

When you import image files as a slideshow, Encore places both the images and the slideshow in the Project panel. The slideshow also appears in the Slideshow panel, where you do a majority of slideshow authoring. For more information, see About slide shows.

Encore creates a single FLV file for a slideshow resulting in seamless playback without any glitch or pauses during slide transition.

  1. Choose File > Import As > Slideshow.

  2. Navigate to the image files you want to import, select them, and then click Open. You can select multiple, discontiguous files by holding down Ctrl (Windows) or Command (Mac OS) and clicking them.

Import a PSD file as a menu

Menus are an essential element in your project content because they provide the viewer with access to the content contained on the disc. You can customize the templates included with Encore, build menus within the program using your imported assets, or assemble your menus in Photoshop and import them into Encore.

Encore interacts closely with Photoshop. If you follow a specific layer-naming convention for the menus you create in Photoshop, Encore recognizes those layers as specific menu elements, such as buttons and subpictures. Also, because Encore creates all menus as PSD (Photoshop) files, you update your menus in Photoshop, directly from Encore. Photoshop files imported as menus appear both in the Project panel and in the Menus panel and, upon import, automatically open in the Menu Editor.

  1. Choose File > Import As > Menu.

  2. Navigate to the PSD file or files you want to import, select them, and click Open.


    When dragging the file from Windows Explorer or the Mac OS Finder to the Project tab, Encore imports a PSD file as a menu. However, when holding down Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS) as you drag the file, a PSD file is imported as a still image, and not as a menu.

Import a PSD file as a pop‑up menu

You can import a PSD file to set it as a Blu-ray pop-up menu. For a pop-up menu, the image background of the PSD file is ignored.

  1. On Windows, choose File > Import As > Pop-up Menu. On Mac OS, right-click the Project panel, and select Import As > Pop-up Menu.

  2. Navigate to the PSD file or files you want to import, select them, and click Open.

Importing from Adobe Premiere Pro

You can import movie files from Adobe Premiere® Pro into Encore through the Adobe Dynamic Link without rendering. When you export from Adobe Premiere Pro using the Adobe Dynamic Link, you can open and edit the original file in Encore. Even though you can import an empty sequence from Adobe Premiere Pro, you cannot create timelines based on these empty sequences. Thus, you cannot link the imported sequence as the motion background for menus that you create.

Movie frames shot using Red cameras can be imported into Encore from Premiere Pro at their full resolution (4K) using Dynamic Link. Encore provides an improved quality of playback for these high-resolution files.

Encore chapter markers in Adobe Premiere Pro (formerly called DVD markers) are used to create corresponding chapter points in Encore. If the Name fields for the markers do not contain any text, Encore autogenerates names for the chapter points, such as “Chapter 1,” “Chapter 2,” and so on.


Although DVD markers are not recognized by Encore in files exported from previous versions of Adobe Premiere Pro, files containing numbered markers with text in the Chapter fields are recognized as Encore chapter markers. (Using numbered markers instead of Encore chapter markers in Adobe Premiere Pro is not recommended.)

For an introductory video tutorial about creating DVDs using your Adobe Premiere Pro video files, see

For a video tutorial about using Adobe Dynamic Link between Encore and Adobe Premiere Pro, see

Importing from Adobe After Effects

You can import a file from Adobe After Effects®, either as a discrete movie file, or as an Adobe Dynamic Link. The Adobe Dynamic Link option provides the most workflow-friendly import. It lets you import an After Effects composition without rendering it. Using Adobe Dynamic Link, you can switch between Encore and After Effects as needed to update either file until you build the project.


Adobe Dynamic Link is available only if Adobe Creative Suite Production Premium is installed.

If you want to import a discrete movie from After Effects, export an AVI, MPEG, H.264, or MOV file using the Composition > Make Movie command. When the Render Queue panel opens, click the text next to the Output Module heading and select Project Link from the Embed menu. See After Effects Help for more information on exporting movie files.


When importing files, Encore can create chapter points from layer-time markers. To import the markers, Encore requires that they contain text in the Chapter field. It names each chapter point using this text. For information on layer-time markers, see Layer markers and composition markers in Adobe After Effects Help.

For a video tutorial about using Adobe Dynamic Link between Adobe After Effects and Encore, see

Add items or sets to the Library

The Library panel contains predesigned templates for menus and other design elements, such as buttons, images, and shapes. If you have still images, logos, buttons, and menus that you use frequently, you can store them in the Library, where you can quickly access them from any project. To keep them organized, you can group them into sets. The Library imports layered Photoshop files, as well as BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, and TIFF images.

The Library categorizes items you add based on their content. Menus and buttons require special layer-name prefixes.


File type

File must contain



At least one button layer set—layer sets with names that begin with the (+) prefix—and at least one additional layer that serves as the background of the menu.

Also, any PSD file containing the keyword “menu” in its metadata is categorized as a menu.



A single layer set with the (+) prefix before its layer name. The layer set may contain subpicture layers and video thumbnail layers. (No background layer.)



Image file, or a PSD file not imported as a menu or button.

Replacement Layers


A single-layer PSD file with a (!) in the name; or a file with a single layer set, with a layer named (!), without the button flag.



Background layer only.

Layer set


A single layer set without the button layer-name prefix. (No background layer.)



A single text layer. (No background layer.)

Vector Shape


A single vector-shape layer. (No background layer.)

Add an item to the library

Add items and sets to the Library in any of the following ways:

  • In the Menu Viewer or the Project panel, select the button, layer, or layer set you want to add, and then drag it to the list of items in the Library.

  • In the Project panel, select a still image or menu, and then drag it to the list of items in the Library.

  • From Windows Explorer or the Mac OS Finder, drag the item to the Library.

  • In the Library, click the New Item button , navigate to the file you want to add, and click Open.


Encore uses the letters “HD” in the filenames of predesignated high-definition assets, so they’re easier to locate for Blu‑ray projects.

Create a new Library set

  1. Choose New Set from the Library panel menu. Type a name for the new set, and click OK.