Assets supported file formats

Adobe Experience Manager as a Cloud Service supports basic content management capabilities — storage, managing metadata online, versioning, upload and download, and so on — for any binary file, independent of its format. Adobe Experience Manager Assets supports a wide range of file formats and each product feature has varied support for different formats.

In addition, Experience Manager Assets provides extended support to generate previews and renditions and to extract metadata and text for full-text indexing. This extended support is provided using asset microservices.

The highlights for asset conversion using asset microservices include:

  • Key Adobe file formats produced by Adobe applications and services, including Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe XD, Adobe Dimension, and Adobe Acrobat or PDF.
  • Key imaging file formats.
  • Camera Raw file formats for a wide range of cameras, including Canon, Nikon, Fujifilm, Olympus, and other manufacturers (powered by Adobe Camera Raw).
  • Common document formats, including Microsoft Office and Open Document formats.
  • Wide range of video and audio formats.

The following legend describes the level of support for each format.

Support level Description
Supported
* See remarks below the table
- Not applicable

Adobe formats

File format Thumbnail generation Full-text extraction Metadata extraction Width/Height
AI -
COLLAGE - - -
DN -
IDEAS - - -
INDD - ✓ *
INDT - - -
PDF
PROTO - - -
PSB -
PSD -
XD -

* For Adobe InDesign files (INDD), the size of rendition is determined by the preview embedded in the INDD file. Configure the preferences in InDesign (Preferences > File Handling > Always Save Preview Images with Documents, Preview Size) to embed larger rendition.

Image formats

File format Thumbnail generation Metadata extraction Width/Height Crop
BMP -
EPS - - -
GIF
JPEG
PNG
RGB
RGBA
SGI
SVG -
TIFF -

Image formats in Dynamic Media

Format Upload (Input format) Create image preset (Output format) Preview dynamic rendition Deliver dynamic rendition Download dynamic rendition
BMP - - - -
EPS
GIF
JPEG
PICT - - - -
PNG
PSD ‡ - - - -
TIFF

‡ The merged image is extracted from the PSD file. It is an image that is generated by Adobe Photoshop and is included in the PSD file. Depending on the settings, the merged image may or may not be the actual image.

The following sub-types of raster image file formats that are not supported in Dynamic Media:

  • PNG files that have an IDAT chunk size greater than 100 MB.
  • PSB files.
  • PSD files with a color space other than CMYK, RGB, Grayscale, or Bitmap are not supported. DuoTone, Lab, and Indexed color spaces are not supported.
  • PSD files that have a bit depth greater than 16.
  • TIFF files that have floating point data.
  • TIFF files that have Lab color space.

3D formats

The following 3D formats are supported.

See also Working with 3D assets in Dynamic Media.

Format Storage Versioning Workflow Publishing Access control Thumbnail preview 3D preview Dynamic Media delivery
DN - - -
gLB -
gLTF - - -
OBJ -
STL -
USDz - -

Camera RAW formats

File format Thumbnail generation Metadata extraction Width/Height
3FR
ARW
CR2
CR3
CRW
DCR
DNG
ERF
FFF
GPR
IIQ
KDC
MEF
MFW
MOS
MRW
NEF
NRW
ORF
PEF
RAF
RAW
RW2
RWL
SRF
SRW
X3F

Document formats

The document formats supported for asset management features are as follows.

File format Thumbnail generation Full-text extraction Width/Height Metadata management Connected Assets
DOC - - -
DOCX
EPUB - - - -
HTML - -
ODF - -
ODM - -
ODP - -
ODS - -
ODT
OFG - -
PDF
PPT - - -
PPTX
PS - - - -
RTF - -
TXT - -
XLS - - -
XLSX
XML - - - -

Document formats in Dynamic Media

Format Upload (Input format) Create image preset (Output format) Preview dynamic rendition Deliver dynamic rendition Download dynamic rendition
AI - - - -
INDD - - - -
PDF

Video formats

File format Thumbnail generation Metadata extraction Width/Height
3G2 - -
3GP - -
AVI
DIVX -
F4V
FLV
M2T -
M2TS -
M2V -
M4V
MKV -
MOV
MP4
MPEG
MPG
MTS -
MXF -
OGV -
QT -
R3D -
SWF -
WebM -
WMV

Video formats in Dynamic Media for transcoding

Video file extension Container Recommended video codecs Unsupported video codecs
MP4 MPEG-4 H264/AVC (all profiles) -
MOV, QT Apple QuickTime H264/AVC, Apple ProRes422 & HQ, Sony XDCAM, Sony DVCAM, HDV, Panasonic DVCPro, Apple DV (DV25), Apple PhotoJPEG, Sorenson, Avid DNxHD, Avid AVR Apple Intermediate, Apple Animation
FLV, F4V Adobe Flash H264/AVC, Flix VP6, H263, Sorenson SWF (vector animation files)
WMV Windows Media 9 WMV3 (v9), WMV2 (v8), WMV1 (v7), GoToMeeting (G2M2, G2M3, G2M4) Microsoft Screen (MSS2), Microsoft Photo Story (WVP2)
MPG, VOB, M2V, MP2 MPEG-2 MPEG-2 -
M4V Apple iTunes H264/AVC -
AVI A/V Interleave XVID, DIVX, HDV, MiniDV (DV25), Techsmith Camtasia, Huffyuv, Fraps, Panasonic DVCPro Indeo3 (IV30), MJPEG, Microsoft Video 1 (MS-CRAM)
WebM WebM Google VP8 -
OGV, OGG Ogg Theora, VP3, Dirac -
MXF MXF Sony XDCAM, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, Panasonic DVCPro -
MTS AVCHD H264/AVC -
MKV Matroska H264/AVC -
R3D, RM Red Raw Video MJPEG 2000 -
RAM, RM RealVideo Unsupported Real G2 (RV20), Real 8 (RV30), Real 10 (RV40)
FLAC Native Flac Free lossless audio codec -
MJ2 Motion JPEG 2000 Motion JPEG 2000 codec -

Audio formats

Assets as a Cloud Service provides XMP metadata extraction support for AIF, ASF, M4A, MP3, WAV, and WMA audio formats.

Tips and limitations

  • Currently, the file size limit for metadata extraction is approximately 10 GB. When uploading very large assets, sometimes metadata extraction operation fails.

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