Unable to open JVC video to edit in Adobe Premiere

Couldn’t figure out a correct way to open JVC video in Adobe Premiere? If so, you may have interest in this post. It explains a workaround to transcode JVC recordings to Adobe Premiere acceptable file format.

Unable to open JVC video to edit in Adobe Premiere
“Hi, fellows, Adobe Premiere could not open a file I got from a JVC camera.
Container info: MPEG-4 (QuickTime)
1 Video stream: AVC
Video stream information:
English, 150Mbps, 2960*2960 at 59.940 fps, AVC (NTSC) (High 4:2:2@L5.2) (2 Ref Frames)
What should I do to make Adobe Premiere read this JVC video? Please help. Thanks.”

If for whatever reason you are unable to work with JVC video in Adobe Premiere, we would recommend transcoding JVC footage to a format that is best suitable for use in Adobe prior. This requires third party converter software like HD Video Converter. Check this short tutorial on how to convert JVC media for editing in Adobe Premiere smoothly.

Tool Needed
HD Video Converter
Being a versatile video transcoder, this app is capable of reading a wide verity of file types (including camera footage) as input, including Full HD 1080p/1080i, HD 720p and SD video files in format of AVCHD, MTS, M2T, M2TS, TS, MXF, MKV, H.264, P2 MXF, AVI, MP4, WMV, MOV, M4V, etc. as well as 4K XAVC, 4K XAVC S 4K MOV files, 4K MP4, XDCAM, XDCAM HD, and XDCAM EX footage.

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.
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JVC Video to Adobe Converter – convert JVC files to QuickTime for editing in Premiere

The steps:
Step 1: Start up HD Video Converter as a JVC Video Converter for Premiere. When its main interface pops up, click ‘Add File’ to input your source media.
transcode JVC recordings to Adobe Premiere

Step 2: Choose output format for Premiere
1) To convert JVC media for editing in Adobe Premiere Mac version, from ‘Profile’ list, select ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as output. The ProRes codec is best suited for editing in FCP X and its former version FCP 6 and FCP 7. Additionally, the ProRes codec can also be imported to Premiere Pro and DaVinci Reslove for editing without a glitch.
transcode JVC recordings to Adobe Premiere
Note: Only Mac version has the ‘Final Cut Pro’ profile.

2) For the purpose of converting JVC files for editing in Premiere Windows version, from ‘Profile’ list, choose ‘Avid DNxHD (*.mov)’ as output format under ‘Avid Media Composer’ column.
JVC video footage to QuickTime MOV Conversion

In addition to DNxHD and ProRes, you can also select ‘MOV (AVC) (*.mov)’ as output format under ‘Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas’ option.
JVC video footage to QuickTime MOV Conversion

This method is also available when you want to edit JVC files in After Effects and Sony Vegas.
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 JVC video footage to QuickTime MOV Conversion
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 MOV files for use in Premiere with optimum performance.

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