The File Extensions Database

.XEL File Extension

  • Developer by: Microsoft
  • Category: Video Files
  • Format: XML

What is an .XEL file?

.XEL is Expression Encoder Live Encoding File

Settings file created by Expression Encoder, a video transcoding application included with Microsoft Expression Studio; stores the presets for a live video encoding session and includes references to the source media as well as the transcoding settings for each file; saved in an XML format.

Live encodings are performed while video is streaming. For example, a XEL file can save settings for encoding a live webcast into a video stream or file. Live encodings differ from encoding jobs, which are saved in the .XEJ format.

NOTE: Expression Encoder is available for free or as part of Microsoft Expression Studio.

Programs that open Expression Encoder Live Encoding File
Microsoft Expression Studio

How to solve problems with XEL files

  • Associate the XEL file extension with the correct application. On :
    Windows: Right click on any XEL file and then click "Open with" > "Choose another app". Now select another program and check the box "Always use this app to open *.XEL files". Mac: Right click (or Ctrl-click) the XEL file, then click "Open with" > "Other...". Then choose another program and check the "Always Open With" box. Linux: Right click on the file, and select "Open with" and choose another program. iPhone: Tap the file. If you do not see an app to open the file, then tap Share "Share" and choose an app. Alternatively, save the file. Then open the Files app Files app. There long-press on the file, then release your finger. You will see a black menu bar. Then tap "Share" and select an app. Android: Tap the Settings icon on your smartphone, then tap on the Apps section. There tap the Options icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen to change the default apps.
  • Update your software that should actually open .XEL is Expression Encoder Live Encoding File. Because only the current version supports the latest XEL file format. Search, therefore, e.g. on the Microsoft manufacturer website after an available .XEL is Expression Encoder Live Encoding File update.
  • To make sure that your XEL file is not corrupted or virus-infected, get the file again and scan it with antivirus software.