What's covered

This document lists the file formats that Adobe Premiere Elements 7 supports for import and export.

Video file formats

Format and File Extension Import/Export Support
3GPP (.3gp, .3g2) Import and export
Adobe Flash Video (.flv) Export
Adobe Shockwave Flash (.swf) Import
Audio Video Interleave (.avi) Import and export
AVCHD (.m2ts, .mts) Import
DV stream (.dv) Import
H.264 (.mp4, .m4v) Import and export
H.264-encoded QuickTime (.mov, .mp4, .m4v) Import and export
MOD (.mod) Import
MPEG-1 (.m1v, .mpeg, .mpe) Import and export
MPEG-2 (.m2v, .mp2, .mpg) Import and export
MPEG-2 Transport Stream (.m2t) Import and export
QuickTime (.mov) Import and export
TOD (.tod) Import
Video Object (DVD video) (.vob) Import and export

Windows Media (.wmv) Import and export
Windows Media Advanced Systems Format (.asf) Import

Notes about video formats:

  • Install the latest version of Apple QuickTime to enable 3GP and QuickTime support.
  • Video Object (.vob) file export is supported through the Share > Disc > DVD workflow.

  • Some file formats--including AVI, FLV, and MOV--are container file formats. The data inside these container files is encoded according to a particular codec. Codecs are algorithms for compressing video and audio data. Although Premiere Elements may support the container format, the codec used to create the file may not be compatible with Premiere Elements. For more information, see "Troubleshoot problems with AVI, MOV, MPEG, VOB, and other kinds of video files (Premiere Elements 7)" (TechNote kb407935).

Still image and image sequence file formats

Format and File Extension Import/Export Support
Adobe Illustrator and Illustrator sequence (.ai) Import
Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop sequence (.psd) Import
Adobe Premiere title (.ptl, .prtl) Import
Animated GIF (.gif) Import and export
Bitmap and Bitmap sequence (.bmp, .wbm, .dib, .rle) Import and export
Camera raw files (.cr2, .crw, .dng, .nef, .orf, and others) Import
CompuServe GIF (.gif) Import and export
Encapsulated PostScript (.eps) Import
Filmstrip (.flm) Import and export
Icon file (.ico) Import
JPEG and JPEG sequence (.jpe, .jpg, .jpeg) Import
PCX and PCX sequence (.pcx) Import
Pixar Picture (.pxr) Import
PICT and PICT sequence (.pic, .pct, .pict) Import
Portable Network Graphics (.png) Import
Targa and Targa sequence (.tga, .icb, .vda, .vst) Import and export
TIFF and TIFF sequence (.tif, .tiff) Import and export

Notes about still image and image sequence formats:

  • Only image files that are in RGB, grayscale, indexed color, or bitmap color mode are supported.
  • Only TIFF files that have a color depth of 8 bits per channel are supported.
  • Install the latest version of Apple QuickTime to enable PICT support.
  • To import some camera raw files, you may need to install a newer version of the Adobe Camera Raw plug-in than the version that comes with Premiere Elements 7 (version 4.5). See "Cameras supported by all versions of the Adobe Camera Raw plug-in" (TechNote kb407111).

Audio file formats

Format and File Extension Import/Export Support
Adaptive Multi-Rate Compression (.amr) Export
Audio Interchange File Format (.aif, .aiff) Import and export
Advanced Audio Coding (.aac) Import and export
Audio Video Interleave (.avi) Import and export
Dolby Digital (.ac3) Import and export
MPEG audio (.mpg, .mp3, .mp4, .m4a) Import and export
QuickTime audio (.mov) import and export
Waveform (.wav) Import and export
Windows Media audio (.wma) Import and export

Notes about audio formats:

  • Install the latest version of Apple QuickTime to enable QuickTime audio support.
  • Premiere Elements 7 only supports 2-channel (stereo) Dolby Digital audio export; Premiere Elements 7 does not support 5.1-channel (surround) audio export.

Additional Information

For information on importing and exporting files with Premiere Elements, see Adobe Premiere Elements 7 Help.

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