HEVC H.265 and Premiere Elements workflow


Can’t import HEVC H.265 video files into Premiere Elements for further editing? If you are struggling editing HEVC H.265 footage in Premiere Elements, this post may shed you some light on this. It guides you through how to transcode HEVC H.265 to Premiere Elements editable file format with a handy HEVC H.265 Decoder app.

How do you work with HEVC footage in Elements 15?
“I am trying to use Premiere Elements 15 for some simple cutting, transitions, and color correction of 4K HEVC H.265 footage from my GoPro Hero 6 camera. Unfortunately, Elements 15 does not support this HEVC (x265) format. What is the preferred workflow for editing HEVC content in Premiere Elements 15? Can anyone suggest a workable solution? Thanks in advance.”

HEVC video recordings are significantly smaller in size and every bit as good in quality. Unfortunately, Premiere Elements doesn’t support this codec at least currently. If you are planning on editing HEVC/H.265 files in Premiere Elements, you will need to convert them first. Here’s a guide explaining how to convert HEVC files to DNxHD for use in Premiere Elements flawlessly.

How to transcode HEVC videos to DNxHD for Adobe Elements?

Here’s what you need
HD Video Converter
You can download a demo version (for both, PC and Mac) to have a try. They are not free but it is totally worth it.
HEVC H.265 and Premiere Elements workflow HEVC H.265 and Premiere Elements workflow

Follow these steps:
Step 1: Start up HD Video Converter as an HEVC to Premiere Elements converter. When its main interface pops up, click ‘Add File’ to input your source media.
HEVC H.265 and Premiere Elements workflow

Step 2: Choose output format for Premiere Elements
From ‘Profile’ list, select ‘Avid DNxHD (*.mov)’ as output format under ‘Avid Media Composer’ column. This DNxHD profile is suitable for use in Premiere Elements and other NLEs like Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro, Premiere Elements, DaVinci Resolve, Edius and more.
convert HEVC H.265 to Premiere Elements
Important: If you’ve loaded a number of video clips to do batch conversion, please do remember ticking off ‘Apply to All’ option before you start.

Step 3: Custom video and audio settings
If necessary, you can click ‘Settings’ button and go to ‘Profiles Settings’ panel to modify video and audio settings like video encoder, resolution, video bit rate, frame rate, aspect ratio, audio encoder, sample rate, audio bit rate, and audio channels. 3D settings are also available.

Step 4: Start HEVC x265 to DNxHD Conversion for Premiere Elements
When ready, click ‘Convert’ to start format conversion. As soon as the conversion is complete, you can click ‘Open Folder’ button to get the exported DNxHD MOV files for use in Premiere Elements with optimum performance.

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