Media Encoder Standard Formats and Codecs

This document contains a list of the most common import and export file formats that you can use with Media Encoder Standard.

Input Container/File Formats

File formats (file extensions) Supported
FLV (with H.264 and AAC codecs) (.flv) Yes
MXF (.mxf) Yes
GXF (.gxf) Yes
MPEG2-PS, MPEG2-TS, 3GP (.ts, .ps, .3gp, .3gpp, .mpg) Yes
Windows Media Video (WMV)/ASF (.wmv, .asf) Yes
AVI (Uncompressed 8bit/10bit) (.avi) Yes
MP4 (.mp4, .m4a, .m4v)/ISMV (.isma, .ismv) Yes
Microsoft Digital Video Recording(DVR-MS) (.dvr-ms) Yes
Matroska/WebM (.mkv) Yes
WAVE/WAV (.wav) Yes
QuickTime (.mov) Yes
Note

Above is a list of the more commonly encountered file extensions. Media Encoder Standard does support many others (for example: .m2ts, .mpeg2video, .qt). If you try to encode a file and you get an error message about the format not being supported, please provide a feedback here.

Audio formats in input containers

Media Encoder Standard supports carrying the following audio formats in input containers:

  • MXF, GXF and QuickTime files which have audio tracks with interleaved stereo or 5.1 samples

or

  • MXF, GXF and QuickTime files where the audio is carried as separate PCM tracks but the channel mapping (to stereo or 5.1) can be deduced from the file metadata

Note that support for explicit/user-supplied channel mapping will be provided in the near future.

Input Video Codecs

Input Video Codecs Supported
AVC 8-bit/10-bit, up to 4:2:2, including AVCIntra 8 bit 4:2:0 and 4:2:2
Avid DNxHD (in MXF) Yes
DVCPro/DVCProHD (in MXF) Yes
Digital video (DV) (in AVI files) Yes
JPEG 2000 Yes
MPEG-2 (up to 422 Profile and High Level; including variants such as XDCAM, XDCAM HD, XDCAM IMX, CableLabs® and D10) Up to 422 Profile
MPEG-1 Yes
VC-1/WMV9 Yes
Canopus HQ/HQX No
MPEG-4 Part 2 Yes
Theora Yes
YUV420 uncompressed, or mezzanine Yes
Apple ProRes 422 Yes
Apple ProRes 422 LT Yes
Apple ProRes 422 HQ Yes
Apple ProRes Proxy Yes
Apple ProRes 4444 Yes
Apple ProRes 4444 XQ Yes

Input Audio Codecs

Input Audio Codecs Supported
AAC (AAC-LC, AAC-HE, and AAC-HEv2; up to 5.1) Yes
MPEG Layer 2 Yes
MP3 (MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3) Yes
Windows Media Audio Yes
WAV/PCM Yes
FLAC Yes
Opus Yes
Vorbis Yes
AMR (adaptive multi-rate) Yes
AES (SMPTE 331M and 302M, AES3-2003) No
Dolby® E No
Dolby® Digital (AC3) No
Dolby® Digital Plus (E-AC3) No

Output Formats and codecs

The following table lists the codecs and file formats that are supported for export.

File Format Video Codec Audio Codec
MP4

(including multi-bitrate MP4 containers)
H.264 (High, Main, and Baseline Profiles) AAC-LC, HE-AAC v1, HE-AAC v2
MPEG2-TS H.264 (High, Main, and Baseline Profiles) AAC-LC, HE-AAC v1, HE-AAC v2

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See also

Encoding On-Demand Content with Azure Media Services

How to encode with Media Encoder Standard