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Here you'll find a comprehensive list of media file formats supported in After Effects.

This document lists the file formats which Adobe After Effects can import and export. You can add support for additional file formats to After Effects by installing a third-party plug-in. For a list of software developers that make plug-ins for After Effects, see Plug-ins.

If you receive an error message or the video does not display correctly, you may need to install the codec used by the file. For more information about the codec in use, contact the manufacturer of the software or hardware used to create the file.

Most file formats are rendered from After Effects by adding the composition to the render queue; see Render and export a movie using the render queue. Some formats are only available through the File > Export menu; see Render and export a movie using QuickTime components.

Note:

The After Effects 15.1 release no longer supports legacy 32-bit QuickTime operations on macOS and Windows.

For more information, see QuickTime 7 support has ended.

Audio file formats

Format

Import/Export support

Format Details

MPEG-1 Audio Layer II

Import only

Audio format in a WAV container file

Advanced Audio Coding (AAC, M4A)

Import and Export

 

Audio Interchange File Format (AIF, AIFF)

Import and Export

 

MP3 (MP3, MPEG, MPG, MPA, MPE)

Import and Export

 

Waveform (WAV)

Import and Export

 

Still image file formats

Note: You can import files of any still image format as a sequence. See Preparing and importing still images in After Effects help.

Format Import/Export support Format Details
Adobe Illustrator (AI, EPS, PS) Import only Continuously rasterized
Adobe PDF (PDF) Import only First page only, continuously rasterized.
Adobe Photoshop (PSD) Import and Export 8-, 16-, and 32-bpc
Bitmap (BMP, RLE, DIB) Import only  
Camera raw (TIF, CRW, NEF, RAF, ORF, MRW, DCR, MOS, RAW, PEF, SRF, DNG, X3F, CR2, ERF) Import only  
Cineon (CIN, DPX) Import and Export Converts to project's color bit depth: 8-, 16-, or 32-bpc
CompuServe GIF (GIF) Import only  
Discreet RLA/RPF (RLA, RPF) Import only 16-bpc, imports camera data
ElectricImage IMAGE (IMG, EI) Import only  
Encapsulated PostScript (EPS) Import only  
IFF (IFF, TDI) Import and Export  
JPEG (JPG, JPE) Import and Export  
HEIF Import only

On supported operating systems, After Effects can import HEIF files (High Efficiency Image Format; .HEIF and .HEIC), such as those created by the camera apps on Apple iOS 11 or later.

Minimum supported operating systems for HEIF file import:

Note: HEIF Image and HEVC Image Extensions are not included with Windows 10 and must be installed separately.

Maya camera data (MA) Import only  
OpenEXR (EXR) Import and Export 32-bpc 3D Channel effect plug-ins from fnord software are included with After Effects to provide access to multiple layers and channels of OpenEXR files. (See Using channels in OpenEXR files in After Effects help.
PCX (PCX) Import only Windows only
Portable Network Graphics (PNG) Import and Export 16-bpc
Radiance (HDR, RGBE, XYZE) Import and Export 32-bpc
SGI (SGI, BW, RGB) Import and Export 16-bpc
Softimage (PIC) Import only  
Targa (TGA, VDA, ICB, VST) Import and Export  
TIFF (TIF) Import and Export 8- and 16-bpc

Video and animation file formats

Format Import/Export support Format Details
Panasonic Import only Camera acquisition metadata displays in the Dynamic Media panel of the Metadata panel.
RED Import only  
Sony X-OCN Import only  

Canon EOS C200 Cinema RAW Light (.crm)

Import only  

RED Image Processing

Import only  

Sony VENICE X-OCN 4K 4:3 Anamorphic and 6K 3:2 (.mxf)

Import only  
MXF/ARRIRAW Import only ARRIRAW codec in an MXF container file
H.265 (HEVC) Import only HEVC (also known as H.265) codec footage in a QuickTime (.MOV) container
3GPP (3GP, 3G2, AMC) Import only  
Adobe Flash Player (SWF) Import only Note: SWF files are imported with an alpha channel. Interactive content is not retained. Export functionality of SWF files is supported by versions earlier than After Effects CC 2014.
Adobe Flash Video (FLV, F4V) Import only  
Animated GIF (GIF) Import  
Apple ProRes codec Export only On Windows. After Effects can render HDR color in imported QuickTime files using Apple ProRes codecs that are tagged for Rec. 2020 color, including PQ or HLG profiles, such as those produced by Atomos monitor-recorders.
AVCHD (M2TS) Import only  
DV Import and Export In MOV or AVI container, or as container-less DV stream; requires QuickTime on Windows
H.264 (M4V) Import only  
Media eXchange Format (MXF) Import only  
MPEG-1 (MPG, MPE, MPA, MPV, MOD) Import only  
MPEG-2 (MPG, M2P, M2V, M2P, M2A, M2T) Import only Some MPEG data formats are stored in container formats with filename extensions that are not recognized by After Effects; examples include .vob and .mod. In some cases, you can import these files into After Effects after changing the filename extension to one of the recognized filename extensions. Because of variations in implementation in these container formats, compatibility is not guaranteed.
MPEG-4 (MP4, M4V) Import only  
Open Media Framework (OMF) Import and Export Raw media [or essence] only; Windows only
QuickTime (MOV) Import and Export  
Video for Windows (AVI) Import and Export Export is on Windows only.
Windows Media (WMV, WMA) Import only Windows only
XDCAM HD and XDCAM EX (MXF, MP4) Import only  

Project file formats

Format

Import/Export support

Format Details

Advanced Authoring Format (AAF)

Import only

Windows only

(AEP, AET)

Import and Export

Adobe After Effects XML Project (AEPX)

Import and Export

 

Adobe Premiere Pro (PRPROJ)

Import and Export

 

Data file formats

Format

Import/Export support

Format Details

JSON

Import only

 

mgJSON

Import only

 

JSX

Import only

After Effects 15.1 and later use a different JSON parser that is strict and will not allow a JSON file with illegal syntax to be imported. You can import a JavaScript syntax extension file (.jsx) into After Effects 15.1. The content of the JSX file can be the same as a JSON file imported into After Effects 15.0, you are required to change the file extension to .jsx. If you open an existing project containing a JSON file that no longer works, use File > Replace Footage to replace the JSON file with the JSX file.

CSV

Import only

 

TSV (.tsv or .txt)

Import only

 

Other file formats

Format

Import/Export support

Format Details

Cinema 4D Importer

Import and Export

Import uses Cineware effect

Maya Scene camera data (MA)

Import only

 

CMYK file formats

After Effects can import Adobe Photoshop (.PSD), Adobe Illustrator (.AI), and Encapsulated PostScript (.EPS) files that use the CMYK color space. After Effects will convert the CMYK color values to RGB.

Note: After Effects cannot assign an input color profile to files that use non-RGB color spaces, such as CMYK. Color management on CMYK files is therefore limited. To effectively color manage CMYK files you should convert them to RGB before you import them into After Effects. For more information, see Interpret a footage item by assigning an input color profile.

16-bpc and 32-bpc file formats

While After Effects can operate in 16 and 32 bits per channel, most video and animation file formats and codecs support only 8-bpc. Typical cross-application workflows for higher bit-depth color involve rendering to a still image sequence rather than a video or animation file. Still image formats that support 16-bpc that After Effects can render to include PSD, PNG, TIFF, IFF, and SGI. Formats that support 32-bpc include PSD, EXR, HDR, and TIFF.

Video codecs that support 10-bpc are provided with hardware such as a capture card or software such as Adobe Premiere Pro. You can import 10-bpc uncompressed YUV AVI files created in Adobe Premiere Pro into 16-bpc RGB After Effects projects. You can also render from After Effects with 10-bpc YUV compression.

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