How to Convert AVI to MOV in Adobe


Adobe produces software for almost every aspect of digital media production. With so many software titles, you may wonder which Adobe product is best suited for your project. When working with video files, the Adobe Creative Suite 4 Production Premium contains programs designed for digital video production. File conversion is an essential need for converting video file formats for use on different computer platforms. Adobe Media Encoder CS4 is included in this suite specifically for converting files from one type to another.

Things You'll Need

  • Adobe Media Encoder CS4
  • Open Adobe Media Encoder and click the “Add” button to locate your AVI source file and open it in the Media Encoder.

  • Click on the “Settings” button to configure how you want the AVI file exported. From the “Format” drop down menu, select “Quicktime.”

  • Expand the Presets drop-down menu and select the type of MOV file you want to create. Adobe Media Encoder offers digital video presets for either the NTSC (American) or PAL (European) television formats. If you do not see a preset that matches your export needs, you can customize your own type of MOV file using the Video and Audio tabs in the Export Settings dialogue box. Select an alternate video codec from the pull-down menu under the Video tab. If needed, adjust the width and height of the frame size. Click on the Audio tab to select a custom audio codec from the pull-down menu and change the audio encoding properties.

  • Click the “Start Queue” button to begin the file conversion. Note the progress display will show you the estimated time needed to complete the conversion process.

Tips & Warnings

  • Choose to export only a portion of the original file by adjusting the in and out points where you want the exported file to begin and end. Locate the source file timeline controls under the preview window in the Export Settings dialogue box. Move the small triangles to the desired in and out points.
  • Adobe Media Encoder also allows you to upload the converted MOV file directly to the Internet. Select the “Others” tab from the Export Settings dialogue box and check the “FTP” box. Enter appropriate FTP settings, and the transfer will begin as soon as the file has been converted.
  • High-definition MOV files that use the Apple ProRes codec are not supported on any platform other than Apple computers that have Apple Final Cut Pro software installed. You will not be able to export to Apple ProRes MOV files from Adobe products running on Microsoft Windows.

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