How to import ARRI Mini MXF files to Premiere CC 2018?

If you are experiencing issues ingesting ARRI Mini MXF video clips into Premiere Pro CC 2018, you’ve come to the right place. This post displays a way of transcoding ARRI Mini MXF files to DNxHD or ProRes codec for editing in Premiere CC 2018 flawlessly.
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Premiere CC 2018 won’t import ARRI Mini MXF files correctly
“Hi all, I’m a professional videographer and have to edit a commercial that was shot on a ARRI Mini. Unfortunately, I am having problems with Premiere Pro CC 2018 because I am trying to import MXF files and only the audio is imported. I haven’t been able to see a single video. I tried dragging it, I tried using File>import, and I tried the media browser and I get the same result in all. I have never had this problem before while working with MXF footage taken with Canon, Sony or Panasonic cameras. I spent quite a bit of time in the Adobe Support Chat room without any positive results. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.”

The only ones that gave Premiere Pro trouble were MXF files from the ARRI Mini. Currently, transcoding the footage to an edit friendly format like DNxHD or ProRes would solve the issue. Learn a guide on how to do this.

How to convert ARRI Mini MXF files for editing in Premiere CC 2018?

Here’s what you need
HD Video Converter (simply download the proper version depending on your computer’s OS)
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Step 1: Start up HD Video Converter as a ARRI MXF to Premiere Pro Converter.

Step 2: Click ‘Add File’ to import your source media to the program.
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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.
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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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