Learn about the video file formats that you can import and edit in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.

About video file format support in Lightroom

Some video file formats—such as MOV and AVI denote container file formats rather than denoting specific video data formats. Container files can contain data encoded using various compression and encoding schemes. Lightroom can import these container files, but the ability to import the data that they contain depends on the codecs (specifically, decoders) installed.

By installing more codecs, you can extend the ability of Lightroom to import/play some of the video file types. Many codecs installed into the operating system (Windows or macOS) work as a component inside the QuickTime or Video for Windows formats. Contact the manufacturer of your hardware or software for more information about codecs that work with the files that your specific devices or applications create.  

Lightroom Classic CC, Lightroom CC/Lightroom 6, Lightroom 5, and Lightroom 4

These versions of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom let you import video clips in several formats and perform extensive edits on them.


On Windows 7, Lightroom Classic 7.0 (Oct 2017 release) and later releases do not support Dolby audio decoding as this OS version does not include the media package required to decode AC-3.

Adobe Creative Cloud apps now use native OS support for Dolby Digital decoding and no longer feature encoding for Dolby Digital and Dolby Digital Plus sound formats. Both Windows and OS X operating systems (Windows 8.1 or above and Mac OS X 10.11 or above) contain native support for Dolby decoding functions. Please update to the latest version of your operating system. For more information, refer to Adobe Creative Cloud apps use native OS support for Dolby

Video formats supported

  • AVI
  • MP4
  • MOV

Extensions supported

  • MOV
  • M4V
  • MP4
  • MPE
  • MPG (only MPEG-1 and MPEG-4 compression formats)
  • MP4
  • M4V
  • AVI
  • MTS
  • 3GP
  • 3GPP
  • M2T
  • M2TS

If your video file is not one of these formats, Lightroom can't open it. Videos are only supported in the Library module. You cannot open them in any of the other modules, including Develop or Slideshow.  

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The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team has issued an alert recommending that Windows users uninstall Apple QuickTime from their computers. Apple has also announced that it will no longer be providing security updates for QuickTime on Windows. After uninstalling QuickTime, video thumbnails may not be generated in Lightroom and some codecs may become unavailable for import and playback. For details, see Windows | Impact of uninstalling Apple QuickTime.

Lightroom 3

Photoshop Lightroom 3 imports video and audio files in common formats. You can manage these files in the Library module of Lightroom 3, but you cannot edit video or audio files. 

Formats supported:

  • AVI
  • MOV
  • MP4

Features supported:

  • View thumbnails in the Library module (requires QuickTime)
  • Apply and edit metadata 
  • Add and edit keywords
  • Use Library View options
  • Apply ratings, labels, and flags
  • Stack videos
  • Add to collections
  • Save metadata to the catalog
  • Export in the original format
  • Play video clips (click Play icon in lower-left corner of the video preview)

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