Learn about the latest digital cameras and broadcast formats that Premiere Pro supports.

About file formats

Some filename extensions—such as MOV, AVI, and MXF denote container file formats rather than denoting specific audio, video, or image data formats. Container files can contain data encoded using various compression and encoding schemes. Premiere Pro can import these container files, but the ability to import the data that they contain depends on the codecs (specifically, decoders) installed.

By installing more codecs, you can extend the ability of Premiere Pro to import extra file types. Many codecs installed into the operating system (Windows or Mac OS) 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. 

Sequence size

Note:

Video and still-image files that you want to import must not be more than the maximum dimensions allowed. The maximum sequence frame size in pixels is 10,240×8,192 (width x height). If you attempt to set one of the Frame Size dimensions higher than this limit in the Sequence Settings dialog box, Premiere Pro resets the value to the maximum.

Still image and movie size

The maximum frame size to import still images and movies is 256 megapixels, with a maximum dimension of 32,768 pixels in either direction. For example, an image that is 16,000×16,000 pixels is acceptable, as is one that is 32,000×8,000, but an image that is 35,000×10,000 pixels cannot be used.

GPU acceleration

Whether a frame can be processed by the GPU acceleration part of the Mercury Playback Engine depends on the size of the frame compared to the amount of GPU memory. A frame requires ((width x height) / 16,384) megabytes to be processed by GPU acceleration. If that value exceeds the available memory, Premiere Pro uses the CPU only for rendering of the current segment. This means that some images do not use CUDA acceleration on some cards and use CUDA acceleration on others. For example, one image size from a Canon T2i is 5184 × 3456. This requires 1,094 MB, which just exceeds the 1 GB available on the Quadro FX 3800, but is still within the 1.5 GB of the Quadro FX 4800.

Supported native video and audio formats for import

Adobe Premiere Pro supports several audio and video formats, making your post-production workflows compatible with the latest broadcast formats.

Format Details
3GP, 3G2 (.3gp) Multimedia container format
AAC  Advanced Audio Coding
AIFF, AIF  Audio Interchange File Format
Apple ProRes  Apple video compression format 
ASF   NetShow (Windows only)
ASND Adobe Sound Document
AVC-Infra Panasonic codec
AVI (.avi) DV-AVI, Microsoft AVI Type 1 and Type 2
BWF Broadcast WAVE format
DNxHD Supported in native MXF and QuickTime wrappers
DNxHR DNxHR LB, DNxHR SQ, DNxHR TR, DNxHR HQ, and DNxHR HQX
DV  Raw DV stream, a QuickTime format
GIF  Animated GIF
H.264 AVC Various media that use H.264 encoding
HEVC (H.265) H.265 media with resolutions up to 8192x4320
M1V MPEG-1 Video File
M2T Sony HDV
M2TS Blu-ray BDAV MPEG-2 Transport Stream, AVCHD
M2V   DVD-compliant MPEG-2
M4A MPEG-4 audio
M4V MPEG-4 video file
MOV   QuickTime format
MP3 MP3 audio
MP4 QuickTime Movie, XDCAM EX
MPEG, MPE, MPG MPEG-1, MPEG-2
MTS AVCHD
MXF Media eXchange Format. MXF is a container format that supports
  • ARRIRAW 
  • P2 Movie: Panasonic OP1b variant of MXF video in AVC-Intra LT and AVC-LongG, Panasonic Op-Atom variant of MXF video in DV, DVCPRO, DVCPRO 50, DVCPRO HD, AVC-Intra
  • Sony XDCAM HD 18/25/35 (4:2:0)
  • Sony XDCAM HD 50 (4:2:2)
  • AVC-LongGOP
  • XAVC Intra
  • XAVC LongGOP
  • JPEG2000
  • IMX 30/40/50
  • XDCAM EX
Native MJPEGs 1DC
OMF Audio Project Format
OpenEXR Files in .EXR, .MXR, and .SXR formats
VOB Container format in DVD media
WAV Windows Waveform
WMV Windows Media, Windows only

Note:

Not all QuickTime codecs are supported by default. Some codecs require third party components.

Supported native camera formats

Premiere Pro lets you work with a wide range of native media formats from the latest DSLR cameras without transcoding or file rewrapping.

The media formats listed here are supported for directly importing and editing with Premiere Pro CC. The required codecs are built in to Premiere Pro CC, and supported on both Mac OS and Windows systems unless stated otherwise.

ARRI AMIRA camera

Premiere Pro provides built-in support for the ARRI AMIRA camera, with appropriate color LUTs applied as master clips on import.

Canon XF, Canon RAW

You can work natively with Canon XF and Canon RAW footage, including footage from Canon Cinema EOS C300 and C500 cameras.

Premiere Pro lets you import and edit QuickTime formats natively including Apple ProRes and MOV files that Canon 5D and 7D cameras capture. You can clip metadata without any transcoding, rewrapping, or logging and transferring required.

CinemaDNG

Premiere Pro lets you import and edit uncompressed CinemaDNG media from the following cameras:

  • Blackmagic Cinema Camera
  • Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera
  • Convergent Design Odyssey7Q

When working with CinemaDNG media, you can access the Source Settings and edit the metadata parameters. CinemaDNG can be debayered on a supported GPU for extreme playback performance.

Panasonic AVC, P2 cameras

You can native import and edit media from the following cameras/camera codec formats:

  • Panasonic AVC Ultra
  • Panasonic AVCi 200
  • Panasonic AVC Ultra Long GOP (Group of Pictures)
  • Panasonic P2 cameras and across multiple P2 cards

Phantom Cine media

You can natively import and edit Phantom Cine media shot on Vision Research Phantom cameras.

RED support

Premiere Pro CC supports working natively with RED Digital Cinema (R3D) footage from the following cameras & codec formats:

  • Color Science like REDcolor2, REDgamma2, and REDlogFilm
  • RED ONE
  • RED EPIC
  • RED Scarlet-X cameras with support for RED Rocket
  • Red Dragon including RED Dragon 6K

Note:

RED format clips use the GPU (OpenCL and CUDA) for debayering for an improved and faster playback performance.

Sony cameras

You can import and edit media from the following cameras directly, without rewrapping or transcoding:

  • Sony XDCAM
  • Sony XDCAM 50
  • Sony XAVC
  • Sony XAVC LongGOP (Group of Pictures)
  • Sony XAVC-S
  • Sony SStP
  • Sony RAW (F65, F55, F5, FS700 cameras)  

You can browse the imported clips using the Media Browser and organize them using camera metadata.

To learn more about working directly with native camera formats, see this video tutorial.

Supported still‑image and still-image sequence file formats

Note:

Premiere Pro supports 8bpc (4 bytes per pixel) and 16bpc (8 bytes per pixel) still-image files.

Format Details
AI, EPS Adobe Illustrator 
BMP, DIB, RLE Bitmap
DPX Cineon/DPX 
EPS Adobe Illustrator 
GIF Graphics Interchange Format
ICO
Icon File (Windows only)
JPEG
JPE, JPG, JFIF
PICT Macintosh Picture
PNG Portable Network Graphics
PSD Photoshop
PTL, PRTL Adobe Premiere title
TGA, ICB, VDA, VST Targa
TIFF Tagged Interchange Format

Supported closed captioning and subtitle file formats

Format Details
DFXP Distribution Format Exchange Profile
MCC MacCaption VANC
SCC Scenarist Closed Caption File
SRT  Subrip Subtitle format
STL EBU N19 Subtitle File
XML W3C/SMPTE/EBU Timed Text File

Supported video project file formats

Format Details
AAF   Advanced Authoring Format
AEP, AEPX   After Effects project
CHPROJ Character Animator Project
CSV, PBL, TXT, TAB Batch lists
EDL   CMX3600 EDLs
PREL
Adobe Premiere Elements project (Windows only)
PRPROJ
Premiere Pro project
XML
FCP XML

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