Convert Hero 6 HEVC to Premiere Pro edit-friendly files

Cannot work with Hero 6 HEVC (H.265) footage in Adobe Premiere smoothly? The format/codec used in the camera was a specialized one designed to rapidly store & compress data to write to card fast enough for the needs of the camera, but was never intended as an editing codec. If for any reason you are unable to use Hero 6 HEVC video files in Premiere Pro properly, you’d better convert to DNxHD or ProRes codec if one intended to actually edit, as that format is designed for use in editing on a computer.
edit GoPro Hero 6 HEVC (H.265) in Premiere Pro
Although Premiere Pro now supports HEVC (H.265) media with resolutions up to 8192×4320, users still have issues one or another while handling HEVC files in Premiere. In some cases, transcoding would be the only workable solution to solve the problem. Learn how to transcode Hero 6 HEVC H.265 files to ProRes or DNxHD for use in Premiere with optimum performance.

How to convert Hero 6 HEVC to Premiere Pro edit-friendly files?

Here’s what you need
HD Video Converter (simply download the proper version depending on your computer’s OS)
Hero 6 HEVC/H.265 choppy issues in Premiere ProHero 6 HEVC/H.265 choppy issues in Premiere Pro
You can do the conversion overnight while you are sleeping. Doesn’t cause a ‘time’ issue at all. And then it edits smoothly, and exports with ease.

Follow these steps:
Step 1: Start up HD Video Converter as a Hero 6 HEVC to Premiere Pro Converter.

Step 2: Click ‘Add File’ to import your source media to the program.
Hero 6 HEVC/H.265 choppy issues in Premiere Pro

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.
Hero 6 HEVC/H.265 choppy issues in Premiere Pro

*** 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 can 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 H.264. If not, simply select Apple ProRes or DNxHD as output format depending on your OS.
transcoding HEVC for Premiere

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 Hero 6 HEVC 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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