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 output goal.

Adobe Media Encoder is used both as a standalone application and as a component of Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, Prelude, and Flash Professional. 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 may be available:

Video and animation

  • AS-11 (AVCI for HD Shim, IMX for SD Shim). IMX is MPEG-2

  • Animated GIF (Windows only)
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • MPEG-2 (MPA, M2V, MPG, M2T, WAV (PCM audio), AC3 (Dobly audio)). Audio options are Dolby Digital, MPEG, and PCM.

  • MPEG-2 DVD (M2V, MPG, MPA (audio), WAV (PCM audio), AC3 (Dolby audio))

  • MPEG-2 Blu-ray (M2V, M2T, WAV, AC3)

  • MPEG-4 (3GP, MP4, M4V, AAC (audio)). Audio option is AAC.
  • JPEG 2000 MXF OP1a
  • DNxHD MXF OP1a

    Note: 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 standalone Adobe Media Encoder can also export files in this format.


  • QuickTime movie (MOV; on Windows, requires QuickTime)

  • Windows Media (WMV; Windows only)

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

  • Video for Windows (AVI, AVI (uncompressed); Windows only)

  • Wraptor DCP

  • P2 Movie (DVCPRO & AVC-Intra)

Still image and still-image sequence

  • Bitmap (BMP; Windows only)

  • DPX

  • GIF (Windows only)

  • JPEG

  • 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.


  • Audio Interchange File Format (AIFF)

  • MP3

  • Waveform Audio (WAV)

  • Advanced Audio Coding (AAC Audio)

  • Dolby Digital

Codecs installed for different installations of Adobe Media Encoder

  • Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Prelude: All codecs. HEVC is not supported during a trial period in Adobe Premeire Pro, After Effects, and Prelude.

  • All other products: All codecs except MPEG2, MPEG2 DVD, MPEG2 Blu-ray, MXF OP1a, HEVC, and AS-11 SD

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