Supported File Formats

Motion supports the use of a wide variety of video, still image, and audio files within a single project. Because it’s a QuickTime standard application, Motion supports many of the same file formats that QuickTime does.

QuickTime Video Codecs

Motion supports QuickTime video files using nearly any codec installed on your computer, including, but not limited to:

  • Animation

  • BMP

  • Cinepak

  • Component Video

  • DV - PAL

  • DV/DVCPRO - NTSC

  • DVCPRO - PAL

  • DVCPRO HD 1080i50, 1080i60, 1080p25, 1080p30, and 720p50, 720p60

  • DVCPRO50 - NTSC

  • DVCPRO50 - PAL

  • Uncompressed 8- and 10-bit 4:2:2

  • Graphics

  • H.261

  • HDV 1080i50, 1080i60, 1080p24, 1080p25, and 720p24, 720p25, 720p30

  • Apple Intermediate Codec

  • Motion JPEG A and JPEG B

  • MPEG IMX 525/60 (30Mb/s, 40 Mb/s, 50 Mb/s)

  • MPEG IMX 625/50 (30Mb/s, 40 Mb/s, 50 Mb/s)

  • MPEG-4 Video

  • Photo - JPEG

  • Apple Pixlet Video

  • Planar RGB

  • PNG

  • Apple ProRes 4444

  • Apple ProRes 422 (HQ)

  • Apple ProRes 422

  • Apple ProRes 422 (LT)

  • Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy)

  • TGA

  • TIFF

  • VC H.263

  • Video

  • XDCAM HD 1080i50, 1080i60, 1080p24, 1080p25, 1080p30 (35 Mb/s VBR)

  • H.263

  • H.264

  • JPEG 2000

  • Sorenson Video 3

  • Sorenson Video

Still Image Formats

Motion supports most commonly used still image file types, including:

  • SGI

  • Photoshop

  • BMP

  • JPEG

  • PICT

  • PNG

  • MacPaint

  • TIFF

  • TGA

  • JPEG-2

  • QuickTime Image Files

  • OpenEXR

Other Image Formats

In addition, Motion includes special support for the following image types:

  • Layered Photoshop files

  • PDF files

Audio Formats

You can import audio files with sample rates up to 192 kHz and with bit depths up to 32 bits. Mono and stereo files are supported. Multichannel audio files are also supported. Motion supports the following audio file types:

  • WAV

  • AIFF

  • .cdda

  • MP3

  • AAC (AAC files are listed in the Finder with the .m4p file extension.)

  • QuickTime Audio, with support for the following audio codecs:

    • 8-bit

    • 8-bit Unsigned (Little Endian/WAV)

    • 16-bit Integer

    • 24-bit Integer

    • 32-bit Integer

    • 32-bit Float

    • 64-bit Float

    • ALaw 2:1

    • AMR Narrowband

    • Apple Lossless

    • IMA 4:1

    • MACE 3:1

    • MACE 6:1

    • MPEG-4 Audio

Important: You cannot import rights-managed AAC files, such as those purchased from the iTunes Store.

For more information about the file formats supported by Motion, go to the Motion website at http://www.apple.com/finalcutstudio/motion.