How to convert videos with Adobe Media Encoder & Premiere Pro.

Convert videos to any file format using Adobe Media Encoder or Premiere Pro. Learn the differences between each application to pick the best one for your project.

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Adobe Media Encoder.

Convert it all with Adobe Media Encoder.

Unlike other video editing software with conversion capabilities, Adobe Media Encoder (AME) was made for the sole purpose of converting and exporting footage to a wide variety of video formats. While it’s a heavyweight lifter that can handle large video file sizes with ease, it’s also a lightweight program that lets you edit in other apps like Adobe Premiere Pro or After Effects while you convert. With a folder organization system and the ability to set presets as well as do batch conversions, AME is a handy tool for all your encoding needs.

Converting video in Adobe Media Encoder

How to convert videos using Adobe Media Encoder


1. Select File or hit the plus “+” button in the top left corner of the rendering queue.

2. Choose a file and add it to the queue.

3. Select an export preset or choose custom settings.

4. Click on the output file to set the output location and change the file name.

5. Press Start.


You can also follow along for a step-by-step visual.

Frequently asked questions about the encoding process.


What video formats does AME support?

AME can convert video files of all types. Most widely used formats are available, such as H.264, HEVC (H.265), MOV, WMV, ASF, MPEG-4, and MP4, as well as AVI and MKV on Windows devices. It also supports less common formats such as FLV. Explore all supported containers and extensions or learn more about different video formats. Adobe also releases support for new cameras and file types within days of their launch.


Can I export to multiple file types at once?

Yes. If a video clip is queued in AME, you can drag and drop other presets or file types onto the clip, and AME will render each format to your specifications. AME also supports parallel encoding, which enables you to render multiple files in the queue simultaneously. Most online video converters or free video converters only work on one clip at a time.


Can I convert audio files in AME?

Yes. AME can act as an audio converter and supports many audio formats. From WAV to AAC, choose the right format for your audio.


Can I convert still images in AME?

Yes. You can convert to JPG, PNG, GIF, and more within AME.

Tutorials to jump-start your encoding.


How to fix errors when rendering or exporting.

Get answers for troubleshooting common issues when exporting your media.

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How to export videos to share on social media.

You can seamlessly encode and upload videos to social media platforms right from AME. Save yourself a step next time you share to Twitter or upload a Vimeo or YouTube video.

Learn how


Set up proxies and share comps.

Premiere Pro is great at rendering ultra-high-quality video, but throughout the editing process, it’s helpful to be able to quickly share smaller files that work on lighter-weight devices, like iPads or iPhones. Learn how to make lower-resolution versions of your videos with AME right from Premiere Pro and how to switch between HD video and proxies.

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Adobe Premiere Pro

Complete your video conversions with Adobe Premiere Pro.

You can export media to AME from Premiere Pro and After Effects. Go to File, click Export, and then select Media. Or hit Control+M (Windows) or Command+M (Mac). You’ll then be taken to the export dialogue box where you can choose your format and conversion presets. You can fine-tune your settings for a number of considerations, from the bitrate to the frame rate and image processing effects, like LUTs and timecodes.

Converting video in Adobe Media Encoder

Once you’ve selected your settings, press Queue. This will open AME and begin exporting your video in a separate window. You can continue to use Premiere Pro if you choose to queue your files.


Convert videos in Premiere Pro.

It’s easy to convert videos in Premiere Pro as well. Just open the export dialogue box and, instead of clicking Queue, choose the Export option. Your video will begin rendering from Premiere Pro.


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