Microsoft Stream (Classic) will be retired February 15, 2024 and replaced by Stream (on SharePoint). It is recommended to start using Stream (on SharePoint) by uploading videos to SharePoint, Teams, Yammer, or OneDrive. Functionality in Stream (Classic) will be changed and removed leading up to the retirement date. Learn more...
Microsoft Stream (Classic) formats and codecs
This document contains a list of the most common import and export file formats that you can use with Microsoft Stream.
Input container file formats
The following list includes the most commonly encountered file extensions. Stream (Classic) supports many others (for example: .m2ts, .mpeg2video, .qt).
|File formats (file extensions)||Supported|
|FLV (with H.264 and AAC codecs) (.flv)||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, .m4v)/ISMV (.ismv)||Yes|
|Microsoft Digital Video Recording(DVR-MS) (.dvr-ms)||Yes|
While all the above formats are supported, not all of them are accessible (for example: .wmv). For the most accessible video, use the .mp4 format.
Audio formats in input video containers
Microsoft Stream (Classic) does not support audio-only media files.
Microsoft Stream (Classic) supports carrying the following audio formats in input video containers:
- MXF, GXF, and QuickTime files that have audio tracks with interleaved stereo or 5.1 samples
- 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
Input video codecs
We only support up to 300 fps for input video content.
|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|
|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-4 Part 2||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|
|AMR (adaptive multi-rate)||Yes|
|AES (SMPTE 331M and 302M, AES3-2003)||No|
|Dolby® Digital (AC3)||No|
|Dolby® Digital Plus (E-AC3)||No|