EDL File Extension

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Edit Decision List Format
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What is EDL file?

Full format name of files that use EDL extension is Edit Decision List Format. EDL files are supported by software applications available for devices running Mac OS, Windows. EDL file format, along with 344 other file formats, belongs to the Video Files category. The most popular program for handling EDL files is Avid Media Composer, but users can choose among 2 different programs that support this file format. On the official website of Avid Technology, Inc. developer not only will you find detailed information about theAvid Media Composer software, but also about EDL and other supported file formats.

Programs which support EDL file extension

The list that follows enumerates programs compatible with EDL files, divided into 2 categories based on operating system on which they are available. EDL files can be encountered on all system platforms, including mobile, yet there is no guarantee each will properly support such files.

Programs that support EDL file

How to open file with EDL extension?

Problems with accessing EDL may be due to various reasons. On the bright side, the most encountered issues pertaining to Edit Decision List Format files aren’t complex. In most cases they can be addressed swiftly and effectively without assistance from a specialist. We have prepared a listing of which will help you resolve your problems with EDL files.

Step 1. Download and install Avid Media Composer

The main and most frequent cause precluding users form opening EDL files is that no program that can handle EDL files is installed on user’s system. This issue can be addressed by downloading and installing Avid Media Composer or different compatible program, such as Apple Final Cut Pro X. The full list of programs grouped by operating systems can be found above. One of the most risk-free method of downloading software is using links provided by official distributors. Visit Avid Media Composer website and download the installer.

Step 2. Update Avid Media Composer to the latest version

If you already have Avid Media Composer installed on your systems and EDL files are still not opened properly, check if you have the latest version of the software. Sometimes software developers introduce new formats in place of that already supports along with newer versions of their applications. The reason that Avid Media Composer cannot handle files with EDL may be that the software is outdated. The most recent version of Avid Media Composer is backward compatible and can handle file formats supported by older versions of the software.

Step 3. Associate Edit Decision List Format files with Avid Media Composer

After installing Avid Media Composer (the most recent version) make sure that it is set as the default application to open EDL files. The method is quite simple and varies little across operating systems.

Change the default application in Windows

  • Clicking the EDL with right mouse button will bring a menu from which you should select the Open with option
  • Click Choose another app and then select More apps option
  • The last step is to select Look for another app on this PC option supply the directory path to the folder where Avid Media Composer is installed. Now all that is left is to confirm your choice by selecting Always use this app to open EDL files and clicking OK.

Change the default application in Mac OS

  • Right-click the EDL file and select Information
  • Proceed to the Open with section. If its closed, click the title to access available options
  • From the list choose the appropriate program and confirm by clicking Change for all....
  • If you followed the previous steps a message should appear: This change will be applied to all files with EDL extension. Next, click the Continue button to finalize the process.

Step 4. Verify that the EDL is not faulty

Should the problem still occur after following steps 1-3, check if the EDL file is valid. Being unable to access the file can be related to various issues.

1. The EDL may be infected with malware – make sure to scan it with an antivirus tool.

If the EDL is indeed infected, it is possible that the malware is blocking it from opening. It is advised to scan the system for viruses and malware as soon as possible or use an online antivirus scanner. EDL file is infected with malware? Follow the steps suggested by your antivirus software.

2. Check whether the file is corrupted or damaged

If you obtained the problematic EDL file from a third party, ask them to supply you with another copy. It is possible that the file has not been properly copied to a data storage and is incomplete and therefore cannot be opened. If the EDL file has been downloaded from the internet only partially, try to redownload it.

3. Ensure that you have appropriate access rights

There is a possibility that the file in question can only be accessed by users with sufficient system privileges. Log in using an administrative account and see If this solves the problem.

4. Check whether your system can handle Avid Media Composer

If the system is under havy load, it may not be able to handle the program that you use to open files with EDL extension. In this case close the other applications.

5. Verify that your operating system and drivers are up to date

Latest versions of programs and drivers may help you solve problems with Edit Decision List Format files and ensure security of your device and operating system. It is possible that one of the available system or driver updates may solve the problems with EDL files affecting older versions of given software.

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