Can’t yet edit iOS 11 iPhone video in Adobe Premiere

Can’t yet edit iOS 11 iPhone video (HEVC H.265) in Adobe Premiere Pro? Is there a workaround to get Premiere working with iPhone HEVC footage before Adobe releases an update? Check out a solution in this post.

Premiere Pro doesn’t seem to support iPhone HEVC footage
“So the iPhone 8 and up will not allow you to record 4k 60FPS or 1080p 240 FPS video unless you have HEVC turned on. Adobe Premiere Pro doesn’t seem to support this media yet. Is there any workaround to get Premiere seeing the HEVC footage shot on iPhone?”

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“This sucks. I didn’t realize upgrading to iOS11 would turn on HEVC. Now I have a bunch of HEVC .mov clips I was trying to use in a Premiere Pro CC project that I can’t use. Many were slow-motion (240fps) and I can’t find a converter for that. Any thoughts on this?”

For the moment, you will need to transcode the footage before editing. It is a pain in the butt, but it works without loss of quality. Check out a guide on how to do this below:

How to transcode iOS 11 HEVC H.265 video for use in Premiere?

Here’s what you need
HD Video Converter
Premiere: no video importing iPhone X HEVC filesedit iOS 11 iPhone video (HEVC H.265) in Adobe Premiere

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.
edit iOS 11 iPhone video (HEVC H.265) in Adobe Premiere

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.
edit iOS 11 iPhone video (HEVC H.265) in Adobe Premiere

*** 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.
edit iOS 11 iPhone video (HEVC H.265) in Adobe 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 iOS 11 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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