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Here you'll find a comprehensive list of media file formats supported in After Effects.

This document lists the file formats which Adobe After Effects can import and export. You can add support for additional file formats to After Effects by installing a third-party plug-in. For a list of software developers that make plug-ins for After Effects, see Plug-ins.

If you receive an error message or the video does not display correctly, you may need to install the codec used by the file. For more information about the codec in use, contact the manufacturer of the software or hardware used to create the file.

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Most file formats are rendered from After Effects by adding the composition to the render queue; see Render and export a movie using the render queue. Some formats are only available through the File > Export menu; see Render and export a movie using QuickTime components.


The After Effects 15.1 release no longer supports legacy 32-bit QuickTime operations on macOS and Windows.

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For more information, see QuickTime 7 support has ended.

FormatImport/Export supportFormat Details
MPEG-1 Audio Layer IIImport onlyAudio format in a WAV container file
Advanced Audio Coding (AAC, M4A)Import and Export
Audio Interchange File Format (AIF, AIFF)Import and Export
MP3 (MP3, MPEG, MPG, MPA, MPE)Import and Export
Waveform (WAV)Import and Export

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Note: You can import files of any still image format as a sequence. See Preparing and importing still images in After Effects help.

FormatImport/Export supportFormat Details
Adobe Illustrator (AI, EPS, PS)Import onlyContinuously rasterized
Adobe PDF (PDF)Import onlyFirst page only, continuously rasterized.
Adobe Photoshop (PSD)Import and Export8-, 16-, and 32-bpc
Bitmap (BMP, RLE, DIB)Import only
Camera raw (TIF, CRW, NEF, RAF, ORF, MRW, DCR, MOS, RAW, PEF, SRF, DNG, X3F, CR2, ERF)Import only
Cineon (CIN, DPX)Import and ExportConverts to project's color bit depth: 8-, 16-, or 32-bpc
CompuServe GIF (GIF)Import only
Discreet RLA/RPF (RLA, RPF)Import only16-bpc, imports camera data
ElectricImage IMAGE (IMG, EI)Import only
Encapsulated PostScript (EPS)Import only
IFF (IFF, TDI)Import and Export
JPEG (JPG, JPE)Import and Export
HEIFImport only

On supported operating systems, After Effects can import HEIF files (High Efficiency Image Format; .HEIF and .HEIC), such as those created by the camera apps on Apple iOS 11 or later.

Minimum supported operating systems for HEIF file import:

  • macOS 10.13 (High Sierra) or 10.14 (Mojave)
  • Windows 10 (October 2018 Update) with the following required Windows extensions:

Note: HEIF Image and HEVC Image Extensions are not included with Windows 10 and must be installed separately.

Maya camera data (MA)Import only
OpenEXR (EXR)Import and Export32-bpc 3D Channel effect plug-ins from fnord software are included with After Effects to provide access to multiple layers and channels of OpenEXR files. (See Using channels in OpenEXR files in After Effects help.
PCX (PCX)Import onlyWindows only
Portable Network Graphics (PNG)Import and Export16-bpc
Radiance (HDR, RGBE, XYZE)Import and Export32-bpc
SGI (SGI, BW, RGB)Import and Export16-bpc
Softimage (PIC)Import only
Targa (TGA, VDA, ICB, VST)Import and Export
TIFF (TIF)Import and Export8- and 16-bpc
FormatImport/Export supportFormat Details
PanasonicImport onlyCamera acquisition metadata displays in the Dynamic Media panel of the Metadata panel.
REDImport only
Sony X-OCNImport only

Canon EOS C200 Cinema RAW Light (.crm)

Import only

RED Image Processing

Import only

Sony VENICE X-OCN 4K 4:3 Anamorphic and 6K 3:2 (.mxf)

Import only
MXF/ARRIRAWImport onlyARRIRAW codec in an MXF container file
H.265 (HEVC)Import onlyHEVC (also known as H.265) codec footage in a QuickTime (.MOV) container
3GPP (3GP, 3G2, AMC)Import only
Adobe Flash Player (SWF)Import onlyNote: SWF files are imported with an alpha channel. Interactive content is not retained. Export functionality of SWF files is supported by versions earlier than After Effects CC 2014.
Adobe Flash Video (FLV, F4V)Import only
Animated GIF (GIF)Import
Apple ProRes codecExport onlyOn Windows. After Effects can render HDR color in imported QuickTime files using Apple ProRes codecs that are tagged for Rec. 2020 color, including PQ or HLG profiles, such as those produced by Atomos monitor-recorders.
AVCHD (M2TS)Import only
DVImport and ExportIn MOV or AVI container, or as container-less DV stream; requires QuickTime on Windows
H.264 (M4V)Import only
Media eXchange Format (MXF)Import only
MPEG-1 (MPG, MPE, MPA, MPV, MOD)Import only
MPEG-2 (MPG, M2P, M2V, M2P, M2A, M2T)Import onlySome MPEG data formats are stored in container formats with filename extensions that are not recognized by After Effects; examples include .vob and .mod. In some cases, you can import these files into After Effects after changing the filename extension to one of the recognized filename extensions. Because of variations in implementation in these container formats, compatibility is not guaranteed.
MPEG-4 (MP4, M4V)Import only
Open Media Framework (OMF)Import and ExportRaw media [or essence] only; Windows only
QuickTime (MOV)Import and Export
Video for Windows (AVI)Import and ExportExport is on Windows only.
Windows Media (WMV, WMA)Import onlyWindows only
XDCAM HD and XDCAM EX (MXF, MP4)Import only
FormatImport/Export supportFormat Details
Advanced Authoring Format (AAF)Import onlyWindows only
(AEP, AET)Import and ExportFor more information, see opening After Effects projects from previous versions and saving back to previous versions.
Adobe After Effects XML Project (AEPX)Import and Export
Adobe Premiere Pro (PRPROJ)Import and Export
FormatImport/Export supportFormat Details
JSONImport only
mgJSONImport only
JSXImport onlyAfter Effects 15.1 and later use a different JSON parser that is strict and will not allow a JSON file with illegal syntax to be imported. You can import a JavaScript syntax extension file (.jsx) into After Effects 15.1. The content of the JSX file can be the same as a JSON file imported into After Effects 15.0, you are required to change the file extension to .jsx. If you open an existing project containing a JSON file that no longer works, use File > Replace Footage to replace the JSON file with the JSX file.
CSVImport only
TSV (.tsv or .txt)Import only
FormatImport/Export supportFormat Details
Cinema 4D ImporterImport and ExportImport uses Cineware effect
Maya Scene camera data (MA)Import only

After Effects can import Adobe Photoshop (.PSD), Adobe Illustrator (.AI), and Encapsulated PostScript (.EPS) files that use the CMYK color space. After Effects will convert the CMYK color values to RGB.

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Note: After Effects cannot assign an input color profile to files that use non-RGB color spaces, such as CMYK. Color management on CMYK files is therefore limited. To effectively color manage CMYK files you should convert them to RGB before you import them into After Effects. For more information, see Interpret a footage item by assigning an input color profile.

While After Effects can operate in 16 and 32 bits per channel, most video and animation file formats and codecs support only 8-bpc. Typical cross-application workflows for higher bit-depth color involve rendering to a still image sequence rather than a video or animation file. Still image formats that support 16-bpc that After Effects can render to include PSD, PNG, TIFF, IFF, and SGI. Formats that support 32-bpc include PSD, EXR, HDR, and TIFF.

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Video codecs that support 10-bpc are provided with hardware such as a capture card or software such as Adobe Premiere Pro. You can import 10-bpc uncompressed YUV AVI files created in Adobe Premiere Pro into 16-bpc RGB After Effects projects. You can also render from After Effects with 10-bpc YUV compression.