So you just failed to import HEVC H.265 files with AIFF audio into Premiere for further editing? Couldn’t figure out a way to solve the issue? Actually, HEVC files have to be encoded with AAC audio to be usable in Premiere. If your files were HEVC with AIFF audio, Premiere will refuse to open them. In that case you need to convert the HEVC AIFF files to an edit-friendly format first before bringing them into Adobe Premiere.
Can’t import AIFF HEVC-videos to Premiere Pro (2018)
“Hi guys, I have issues working with HEVC-videos in Premiere Pro (2018). I understand the HEVC format only works on the paid version of the Adobe Premiere, meaning you have to do the signature with the Adobe so that the suite imports the HEVC format natively. Unfortunately, my Premiere Pro CC 2018 (12.0.1), the paid version, still won’t open my HEVC files for unknown reasons. What a frustrating thing! Does anyone have any ideas on this? I would really appreciate any help. Thanks!”
Currently, Premiere Pro supports HEVC + AAC audio, and HEVC + AIFF audio is not readable. To be able to make HEVC + AIFF usable in Premiere, you need to convert it to a compatible format first, such as DNxHD or Apple ProRes. Here’s a guide telling you how to do this step by step.
How to transcode AIFF HEVC files for editing in Premiere?
Here’s what you need
HD Video Converter
Step 1: Start up HD Video Converter as an HEVC H.265 to Premiere Pro Converter.
Step 2: Click ‘Add File’ to import your source media to the program.
Step 3: Select output format
* If you are on a Windows PC, from the “Profile” bar, choose ‘Avid DNxHD 1080p (*.mov)’ as output under ‘Avid Media Composer’ column. (See the screenshot above)
** If you are on a Mac computer, choose ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as target under ‘Final Cut Pro’ catalogue.
*** Note that this converter program can only output Apple ProRes and DNxHD video up to 1080p, if you want to preserve 4K quality of your source files, you need to select “4K Video” > “4K H.264/MPEG-4 AVC Video (*.mp4)” as target format. To export 4K files, please make sure your computer has enough power to process 4K. If not, simply select Apple ProRes or DNxHD as output format depending on your OS.
Step 4: Custom video and audio settings (for advanced users)
Click ‘Settings’ button, the ‘Profile Settings’ panel pops up, on which you are able to modify video and audio settings like resolution, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channel.
Step 5: When ready, click ‘Convert’ to start transcoding AIFF H.265 files to Premiere Pro supported format. As soon as the conversion is complete, click ‘Open Folder’ button to locate the generated files and now you are able to open them in Premiere Pro for further editing smoothly.
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