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Convert A Video to Different Format with Adobe Media Encoder

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There are many websites or stand-alone video converter out there that can convert videos to different formats, but you may not get back the quality you started with. And if you don't use the right tool, converting video files to other file formats can be a very messy and time consuming process. In this article, we highlight Adobe Media Encoder and share the full guide how to convert videos using Adobe Media Encoder quickly and easily.

Adobe Media Encoder is part of Adobe video editing suite and is responsible for encoding video files to the proper format to ensure they play on different devices videos are watched on today. First let's look at the supported formats of Adobe Media Encoder:

File formats supported for import with Media Encoder:

Video and animation formats

Format Description
3GP 3GPP file format
AAF Advanced Authoring Format
ARCUTX Adobe rough cut format. This format is supported only when queued from Prelude, and cannot be imported directly.
Animated GIF (GIF) Supported on Windows only
ARI ARIRAW format
AVC-Intra, AVC Long GOP (Op1a), AVC Long GOP (Op1b) including AVC-Ultra Panasonic codecs
Cinema DNG High resolution raw format
RMF Canon RAW format
DV Stream Native video format used for tape
DNxHD Op1a Supported in MXF container
DNxHR Supported in MXF container
FLV, F4V. Flash video
MOV GoPro CineForm format
HEVC High Efficiency Video Coding
IMX Supported in MXF container
JPEG2000 MXF Op1a Supported in MXF container
MXF Media eXchange Format

MPEG, MPE, MPG, M2V, MPA, MP2, M2A, MPV, M2P, M2T, MTS, AC3, MP4, M4V, M4A, VOB, 3GP, AVC, h.264

MPEG-1, MPEG-2, and MPEG-4 formats
MXF OP1a Supported in MXF container
Netshow ASF Windows only
P2 Movie Supported in MXF container
CINE Phantom CINE format
MOV QuickTime movie
R3D RED Raw, RED Helium, RED WEAPON
SonyRAW Supported in MXF container
AVI, WAV, BWF Video for Windows and Mac OS(requries QuickTime player)
WMV, WMA, ASF Windows Media
XAVC Intra, XAVC Long GOP Sony codecs

Files supported for export with Media Encoder:

Video and animation

Format
Description
Animated GIF Supported for Windows only, supports match source
AS-10  
AS-11 AVCI for HD Shim, IMX for SD Shim. IMX is MPEG-2
DNxHR/DNxHD MXF OP1a Supported in MXF container

H.264: AAC, 3GP, MP4, M4V, MPA (audio), AC3 (audio), WAV (PCM audio)

Audio options are AAC, Dolby Digital, and MPEG. MPEG audio option includes MPEG-1, Layer I & MPEG-1, Layer II. Dolby Digital audio option includes Dolby Digital, and Dolby Digital Plus. Supports match source.

H.264 Blu-ray: M4V, WAV (PCM audio)

Audio options are Dolby Digital and PCM. MPEG audio option includes MPEG-1, Layer I & MPEG-1, Layer II, Blu-ray-compliant primary stream, and Blu-ray-compliant secondary audio stream.

HEVC (H.265): 4K HD, 8K HD, HD 720p, HD 1080p

Match Source - High Bit Rate, SD 480p, and SD 480p Wide. Supports 8-bit, 10-bit encoding and also supports match source
MPEG-2: AC3 (Dolby audio), M2T, M2V, MPA, MPG, WAV (PCM audio) Audio options are Dolby Digital, MPEG, and PCM. Supports match source.
MPEG-2 DVD (M2V, MPG, MPA (audio), WAV (PCM audio), AC3 (Dolby audio) Supports match source
MPEG-2 Blu-ray (M2V, M2T, WAV, AC3)  
MPEG-4 (3GP, MP4, M4V, AAC (audio)) Audio option is AAC
MXF OP1a (AVC-Intra, JPEG 2000, XAVC, IMX, XDCAM, XDCAM EX, XDCAM HD, DV, DVCPRO and AVC-LongGOP), XAVC Intra and XAVC LongGOP Supported in MXF container
Animation, Apple ProRes (Mac only),DV formats, GoPro CineForm, Uncompressed RBG 8-bit, Uncompressed YUV 10bit 4:2:2, Uncompressed YUV 8 bit 4:2:2, DNxHD, DNxHR, and PNG, QuickTime MOV Native QuickTime support

AVC-Intra, DV, DVC PRO, DVC PRO 50, DVC PRO HD

P2 Movie Format
AVI, AVI (uncompressed) Windows only
Wraptor DCP  

Now let's start convert your video with Adobe Media Encoder in 5 easy steps:

STEP 1: Load a Video File into the Adobe Media Encoder Queue

Click the "+" button in the queue panel to add your video to the queue.

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STEP 2: Choose a file format

Choose a format that is compatible with the device you want to play the video. For example, if you want to watch your video on your Apple iPad or iPhone, you can either choose H.264 or QuickTime. Both are gerat quality formats, but the best bang for the buck I would recommend would be H.264 which will give you a smaller file size for the same quality.

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STEP 3: Choose a Quality Preset

Something you need to know before choosing the quality preset for your new video is the original video's horizontal and vertical resolution and the frame rate. Adobe Media Encoder has made finding this information very easy. Just click on the words listed in the Preset column to launch the Export Settings window- as seen in the pictures below.

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STEP 4: Choose Location to Save File

Click the output file path text to check folder to verify saving location on your hard drive and to change the new video file's name.

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STEP 5: Start Converting the Queue

To start converting your videos, simply press the Green play button located in the top-right corner of the queue.

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While the video is converting, you can see a preview at the bottom. The preview may be fast or slow depending on the length of the video and the power of your computer. You're done.

Editor's Note: Though AME was generally faster, AME was less flexible in many of its settings and even hangs and crashes regardless of your output settings. What's more, the conversion process is a bit complex for a novice. In this case, you can turn to Brorsoft Video Converter(or Mac), an easy-to-use and yet professional video converter app.

This top-ranked video converter supports more than 70 input formats and up to 250+ output file format. Supported output video and audio formats include MP4, MOV, WMV, AVI, XAVC, XAVC S, MPEG, VOB, TiVo recordings, MXF, MTS/M2TS, FLV, 3GP, 3G2, DivX, XviD, MP3, WMA, WAV, AAC, AC3, M4A and more. Plus, it supports 150+ presets for popular devices like the iPhone, iPad, Android devices, Windows-based tablets and game console, etc. It's also a good choice for video editing program users as it supports converting all HD/4K video files including AVCHD, MTS, XAVC, XAVC S, MXF, MOV, MP4, etc. to various professional encoders- Apple Intermediate Codec, ProRes, DNxHD, MPEG-2 - ensuring maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with iMovie, Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere and more.

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