How do you import and edit Hero 6 HEVC H.265 footage in Premiere Pro? If Premiere won’t recognize Hero 6 HEVC/H.265 footage correctly, you may follow this solution to solve your problem.
How can I expect a smooth workflow between Hero 6 HEVC and Premiere Pro 2018?
“So I just picked up a GoPro HERO 6 Black camera and was all excited to shoot and get to editing. But, I have a problem…the HEVC files of 240fps mode are maxing the CPU in both of my editing machines. My biggest thing is how messed up the contrast is with the HEVC codec. The blacks are absolutely crushed and highlights way blown out. I now have some great footage and no way to use it. This is not encouraging. How can I expect a smooth workflow between Hero 6 HEVC footage and Premiere CC 2018? Please help!”
This is probably because your hardware is not enough, and transcoding is the best workaround. If you are running Premiere on a Windows PC, simply convert Hero 6 HEVC (H.265) footage to DNxHD encoded MOV, and if you are working with Premiere on a Mac computer, simply convert Hero 6 HEVC (H.265) footage to Apple ProRes encoded MOV. This will ensure an optimum performance while editing the transcoded files.
How to re-encode Hero 6 HEVC H.265 files for Premiere editing?
Here’s what you need
HD Video Converter (simply download the proper version depending on your computer’s OS)
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.
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 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.
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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