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Tip #1825: Adobe Media Encoder Supports 8K

Larry Jordan – LarryJordan.com

Adobe Media Encoder supports frame sizes up to 8K.

Codecs such as HEVC and ProRes support video frame sizes up to 8K.

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Not all codecs support large frame sizes, but for those that do – such as ProRes and HEVC – Adobe Media Encoder will compress them.

In Tip #1829, we learned that Apple Compressor limits compressed file sizes to 4K, except for ProRes.

But, Adobe Media Encoder will support up to 8K UHD (7680 x 4320 pixels) for some formats, such as HEVC and Apple ProRes.

NOTE: H.264 is limited to 4K due to the design of the codec.

To compress a file that large, you’ll need to create a custom preset (see screen shot) and select a codec that supports frame sizes that large. HEVC is a good choice for compressed files, while ProRes 422 is a good choice for higher-quality files.

NOTE: Keep in mind that HEVC will take significantly longer to compress than H.264, so be sure to allow extra time for compression.


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