Adobe Premiere Pro Supported File Formats

Adobe Premiere Pro is a timeline-based video editing software application. It is part of the Adobe Creative Cloud, which includes video editing, graphic design, and web development programs. Adobe Premiere Pro provides support for several file formats, making your post-production workflows compatible with the latest broadcast formats.

Premiere Pro Supported native video and audio formats

Format Details
HEVC (H.265) H.265 8K UHD media with resolutions up to 8192×4320 in MXF
H.264 AVC Various media that use H.264 encoding
OpenEXR Files in .EXR, .MXR, and .SXR formats
3GP, 3G2 (.3gp)
Apple ProRes 64-bit Import only on Windows
ASF Netshow (Windows only)
AVI (.avi) DV-AVI, Microsoft AVI Type 1 and Type 2
DV (.dv) Raw DV stream, a QuickTime format
DNxHD Supported in native MXF and QuickTime wrappers
F4V (.f4v) Import only
GIF (.gif) Animated GIF
M1V MPEG-1 Video File
M2T Sony HDV
M2TS Blu-ray BDAV MPEG-2 Transport Stream, AVCHD
M4V MPEG-4 Video File
MOV QuickTime Movie format

Note: Windows requires a QuickTime player

MP4 QuickTime Movie, XDCAM EX
M2V DVD-compliant MPEG-2
MXF Media eXchange Format

MXF is a container format that supports:

  • * P2 Movie: Panasonic Op-Atom variant of MXF video in DV, DVCPRO, DVCPRO 50, DVCPRO HD, AVC-Intra
  • * XDCAM HD Movie
  • * Sony XDCAM HD 50 (4:2:2)
  • * Avid MXF Movie
  • * Native Canon XF

Note: You can preview Native Canon XF files in the Media Browser,
and the use of metadata is supported.

Native MJPEGs 1DC
WMV Windows Media, Windows only

Note: Render Type-1 AVI clips before previewing from a DV device.
To render a Type-1 AVI clip, add it to a sequence in a DV project, and preview it.

Premiere Pro 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 into 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

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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 natively import and edit media from the following cameras:

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

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

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.


Premiere Pro Supported audio file formats

Format Details
AC3 Including 5.1 surround
ASND Adobe Sound Document
AVI Video for Windows
BWF Broadcast WAVE format
M4A MPEG-4 Audio
mp3 mp3 Audio
MOV QuickTime; requires QuickTime player
MXF Media eXchange Format

MXF is a container format that supports:

  • * P2 Movie: Panasonic Op-Atom variant of MXF, with video in DV,
  • * XDCAM HD Movie
  • * Sony XDCAM HD 50 (4:2:2)
  • * Avid MXF Movie
WMA Windows Media Audio, Windows only
WAV Windows Waveform


Premiere Pro 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
ICO Icon File (Windows only)
PSQ Adobe Premiere 6 Storyboard
PTL, PRTL Adobe Premiere title


Premiere Pro Supported closed captioning and subtitle file formats

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


Premiere Pro Supported video project file formats

Format Details
AAF Advanced Authoring Format
AEP, AEPX After Effects project
CSV, PBL, TXT, TAB batch lists
PLB Adobe Premiere 6.x bin (Windows only)
PREL Adobe Premiere Elements project (Windows only)
PRPROJ Premiere Pro project
PSQ Adobe Premiere 6.x storyboard (Windows only)


About file formats

Some filename extensions – such as MOV, AVI, MXF, and F4V – 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. Premiere Pro can import these container files, but the ability to import the data that they contain is dependent on the codecs (specifically, decoders) installed.

By installing additional codecs, you can extend the ability of Premiere Pro to import additional 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.

Note: Video and still-image files that you want to import must not be more than the maximum dimensions allowed. For more information on maximum dimensions in Premiere Pro, see the Premiere Pro Work Area blog.

Why can’t Premiere Pro import my file?

If you’re trying to import a file into Premiere Pro, and Premiere Pro is telling you that it can’t import that file, this could be for a few different reasons. And there are three most common reasons that you might not be able to import a file into Premiere Pro.

1. You might be running the trial version of Premiere Pro CS6 or earlier. Note that Premiere Pro CC doesn’t have these limitations on the trial version.

2. You might be trying to import a file of a format that Premiere Pro doesn’t import, so check the file for format supported for import, to see if your file is listed.

3, If you’re trying to import a file, in a container that Premium Pro does support, it may be that codec used in that container file, is not one that Premium Pro can import.