Find out which file formats can be exported from Adobe Media Encoder, including formats for video, animation, and audio.

To export a file using Adobe Media Encoder, select a format in the Export Settings dialog box for the output. The selected format determines the preset options that are available. Select the format best suited for your desired output.

Adobe Media Encoder is used both as a stand-alone application and as a component of Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, Prelude, Audition, and Animate. The formats that Adobe Media Encoder can export depend on which of these applications are installed.

Some filename extensions—such as MOV, AVI, and MXF —denote container file formats rather than denoting a specific audio, video, or image data format. Container files can contain data encoded using various compression and encoding schemes. Adobe Media Encoder can encode video and audio data for these container files, depending on which codecs (specifically, encoders) are installed. Many codecs must be installed into the operating system and work as a component inside the QuickTime or Video for Windows formats.

Depending on other software applications that you have installed, the following options are available.

Video and animation

Format Description
Animated GIF  Supported for Windows only, supports match source
AS-11  AVCI for HD Shim, IMX for SD Shim. IMX is MPEG-2
DNxHR/DNxHD MXF OP1a Supported in MXF container

H.264: AAC, 3GP, MP4, M4V, MPA (audio), AC3 (audio), WAV (PCM audio)

Audio options are AAC, Dolby Digital, and MPEG. MPEG audio option includes MPEG-1, Layer I & MPEG-1, Layer II. Dolby Digital audio option includes Dolby Digital, and Dolby Digital Plus. Supports match source.

H.264: Blu-ray: M4V, WAV (PCM audio)


Audio options are Dolby Digital and PCM. MPEG audio option includes MPEG-1, Layer I & MPEG-1, Layer II, Blu-ray-compliant primary stream, and Blu-ray-compliant secondary audio stream.

HEVC (H.265): 4K HD, 8K HD, HD 720p, HD 1080p

Match Source - High Bit Rate, SD 480p, and SD 480p Wide. Supports 8-bit encoding and 10-bit encoding including High Dynamic Range and Rec2020. 
MPEG-2: AC3 (Dolby audio), M2T, M2V, MPA, MPG, WAV (PCM audio) Audio options are Dolby Digital, MPEG, and PCM. Supports match source.
MPEG-2 DVD (M2V, MPG, MPA (audio), WAV (PCM audio), AC3 (Dolby audio) Supports match source
MPEG-2 Blu-ray (M2V, M2T, WAV, AC3)  
MPEG-4 (3GP, MP4, M4V, AAC (audio)) Audio option is AAC
MXF OP1a (AVC-Intra, JPEG 2000, XAVC, IMX, XDCAM, XDCAM EX, XDCAM HD, DV, DVCPRO and AVC-LongGOP), XAVC Intra (including Hybrid Log Gamma) and XAVC LongGOP Supported in MXF container
Animation, Apple ProRes (Mac only), DV formats, GoPro CineForm, Uncompressed RBG 8-bit, Uncompressed YUV 10bit 4:2:2, Uncompressed YUV 8 bit 4:2:2, DNxHD, DNxHR, and PNG, QuickTime MOV  Native QuickTime support


P2 Movie Format
AVI, AVI (uncompressed)   Windows only
Wraptor DCP  


MXF is a container format. Adobe Media Encoder can encode and export movies in the Op-Atom variety of MXF containers using the DVCPRO25, DVCPRO50, and DVCPRO100, and AVC-Intra codecs. Premiere Pro can export MXF files containing the MPEG-2 essence items that comply with the XDCAM HD format used by such systems as Avid Unity. The stand-alone Adobe Media Encoder can also export files in this format.

Still image and still-image sequence formats that support match source

  • Bitmap (BMP; Windows only)
  • DPX
  • GIF (Windows only)
  • JPEG
  • OpenEXR
  • PNG
  • Targa (TGA)
  • TIFF (TIF)


To export a movie as a sequence of still-image files, select Export As Sequence on the Video tab when a still-image format is selected.


  • Advanced Audio Coding (AAC), Version 1, and Version 2
  • Audio Interchange File Format (AIFF)
  • Dolby Digital
  • MP3
  • Waveform Audio (WAV)

Support for web distribution

  • Facebook 720HD
  • Twitter 720P
  • Vimeo 480p SD, 480p SD Wide, 720p HD, 1080p HD
  • Web Video DG Fast Channel 480/512 MPEG-2
  • YouTube 480p SD, 480p SD Wide, 720p HD, 1080p HD, 2160p 4K

Codecs support for Adobe Media Encoder installed with other products

  • With Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Prelude: All codecs are supported. However, HEVC is not supported during the trial period in Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Prelude.
  • With all other products: All codecs are supported except 
    • AS-11 SD
    • HEVC
    • MPEG-2
    • MPEG-2 DVD
    • MPEG-2 Blu-ray
    • MXF OP1a

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