Some filename extensions—such as MOV, AVI, MXF, and FLV—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 import these container files, but the ability to import the data that they contain is dependent on which codecs (specifically, decoders) are installed.

By installing additional codecs, you can extend the ability of Adobe Media Encoder to import additional file types. Many codecs must be installed into the operating system and 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.

Video and animation formats

  • 3GP

  • Animated GIF (GIF) (Windows only)

  • DV (in MOV or AVI container, or as a containerless DV stream)

  • FLV, F4V

    Note: The FLV and F4V formats are container formats, each of which is associated with a set of video and audio formats. F4V files generally contain video data that is encoded using an H.264 video codec and the AAC audio codec. FLV files generally contain video data that is encoded using the On2 VP6 or Sorenson Spark codec and audio data encoded using an MP3 audio codec. Adobe Media Encoder, however, can import FLV files using the On2 VP6 video codec, not the Sorenson Spark codec.

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

  • MPEG-1, MPEG-2, and MPEG-4 formats (MPEG, MPE, MPG, M2V, MPA, MP2, M2A, MPV, M2P, M2T, MTS, AC3, MP4, M4V, M4A, VOB, 3GP, AVC, h.264)

    Note: Several formats associated with specific modern cameras use MPEG-4 encoding. For example, the XDCAM EX format uses MP4 files, and the AVCHD format uses MTS files.

  • Media eXchange Format (MXF)

  • MXF OP1a  

    Note: MXF is a container format. Adobe Media Encoder can only import some kinds of data contained within MXF files. Adobe Media Encoder can import the Op-Atom variety used by Panasonic cameras using the DV, DVCPRO, DVCPRO50, DVCPRO HD, and AVC-Intra codecs to record to Panasonic P2 media. Adobe Media Encoder can also import XDCAM HD files in MXF format.

  • P2 Movie (MXF)

  • Netshow (ASF, Windows only)
  • RED Raw (R3D)

  • Video for Windows (AVI, WAV; on Mac OS, requires QuickTime Player)

  • Windows Media (WMV, WMA, ASF; Windows only)

  • Cinema DNG (.dng)

  • Phantom (.cine)

  • Canon RAW (.rmf)

Audio formats

  • Adobe Sound Document (ASND; multi-track files imported as merged single track)

  • Advanced Audio Coding (AAC, M4A)

  • Audio Interchange File Format (AIF, AIFF)

  • Dolby

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

  • MP3 (MP3, MPEG, MPG, MPA, MPE)

  • Video for Windows (AVI, WAV; on Mac OS, requires QuickTime Player)

  • Windows Media Audio (WMA; Windows only)

  • Waveform (WAV)

Still-image formats

  • Adobe Illustrator (AI, EPS)

  • Photoshop (PSD)

  • Bitmap (DIB, RLE) (Windows only)

  • Bitmap (BMP)

  • Cineon/DPX (CIN, DPX)

  • GIF

  • Icon File (ICO; Windows only)



  • Portable Network Graphics (PNG)

  • Targa (TGA, ICB, VDA, VST)

  • TIFF (TIF)

  • ARRIRAW (.ari)


You can import files of any still-image format as a sequence. For more information, see Import items into the encoding queue.

Closed captioning formats

  • Scenarist Closed Caption (.scc)

  • MacCaption VANC (.mcc)

  • W3C/SMPTE/EBU Timed Text (.xml)

  • EBU N19 Subtitle (.stl)

  • Distribution Format Exchange Profile (.dfxp)

Project file formats

  • Adobe Premiere Pro (PRPROJ)

  • After Effects (AEP, AEPX)

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