Issues editing AVC-Intra in Premiere

Run into issues working with AVC-Intra footage in Adobe Premiere? If so, you may wish to read this post. It demonstrates how to transcode AVC-Intra files for use in Premiere with optimum performance.
working with AVC-Intra footage in Adobe Premiere
Premiere crashes playing AVC-Intra MXF files, is there a workaround?
“Hello, please help me! I have big problems with AVC-Intra 100 in Premiere CC on my MacPro. The footage is 90% 1080p and the rest is 720p. Premiere CC crashes regardless of the resolution. The crashes usually occur while scrubbing in the source window. Do you have the same problem? Has anyone found a fix for this issue? I would really appreciate any help. Thanks.”

If you are facing the same issue, we would recommend processing ‘transcoded editing’. That means you convert AVC-Intra footage to a format that is best suitable for Premiere first, then you can work with the footage in your editing program flawlessly. Here’s how.

How to convert AVC-Intra files for Premiere editing?

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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The steps:
Step 1: Start up HD Video Converter as an AVC-Intra Video Converter for Premiere. When its main interface pops up, click ‘Add File’ to input your source media.
transcode AVC-Intra for Premiere

Step 2: Choose output format for Premiere
1) To convert AVC-Intra 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.
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Note: Only Mac version has the ‘Final Cut Pro’ profile.

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

This method is also available when you want to edit AVC-Intra 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 AVC-Intra footage to Premiere 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 files for use in Premiere with optimum performance.

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