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.

Note:

As of September 15 2017, Adobe Creative Cloud apps now rely on your operating system (OS) to decode/encode Dolby Digital and Dolby Digital Plus audio formats. Adobe no longer bundles the native libraries from Dolby with Creative Cloud products.

For information about how this change affects Dolby audio playback in your product, see Adobe Creative Cloud apps use native OS support for Dolby.

Video

Format/Container
Video Codec Options
Apple ProRes MXF OP1a
  • Apple ProRes 422 Proxy
  • Apple ProRes 422 LT
  • Apple ProRes 422
  • Apple ProRes 422 HQ
  • Apple ProRes 4444
  • Apple ProRes 4444 XQ (Windows only)

AS-10
  • XDCAMHD 25/35
  • XDCAMHD 50
AS-11 
  • AVC-Intra for HD Shim
  • IMX 50 for SD Shim
AVI
  • DV
  • Intel IYUV
  • Microsoft RLE
  • Microsoft Video 1
  • Uncompressed UYVY
  • V210
  • None
AVI (uncompressed)  
  • V210
  • UYVY
DNxHR/DNxHD MXF OP1a
  • DNxHD
  • DNxHR
H.264
  • Presets include support for many top social media sites
  • Also includes options to create Blu-ray compliant content
HEVC (H.265)
  • Supports up to 8k output
JPEG 2000 MXF OP1a
 
MPEG-2
  • Includes options to create DVA and Blu-ray compliant content
MPEG-4
 
MXF OP1a
  • AVC-Intra
  • AVC-LongG
  • DV
  • DVCPRO50
  • DVCPRO HD
  • IMX
  • XAVC Intra
  • XAVC Long GOP
  • XDCAMEX 18/35
  • XDCAMHD 18/25/35
  • XDCAMHD 50
P2 Movie
  • AVC-Intra
  • AVC-LongG
  • DVCPRO
  • DVCPRO 50
  • DVCPRO HD
QuickTime
  • Animation
  • Apple ProRes 422 Proxy
  • Apple ProRes 422 LT
  • Apple ProRes 422
  • Apple ProRes 422 HQ
  • Apple ProRes 4444
  • Apple ProRes 4444 XQ (Windows only)
  • DNxHD/DNxHR
  • DV25
  • DV50
  • DVCPRO HD
  • GoPro CineForm
  • None
  • Uncompressed RBG
  • Uncompressed YUV
Windows Media (Windows only)

  • Windows Media Video V7
  • Windows Media Video V8
  • Windows Media Video 9
  • Windows Media Video 9 Advanced Profile
  • Windows Media Video 9 Screen
Wraptor DCP
  • JPEG 2000

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 stand-alone Adobe Media Encoder can also export files in this format.

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

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

Note:

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

  • Advanced Audio Coding (AAC), Version 1, and Version 2
  • Audio Interchange File Format (AIFF)
  • mp3 format
  • 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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