How to import DJI HEVC to Premiere Pro for Editing?

“H265/ HEVC in Premiere Pro 2020 does not work, any solution?”

“Can’t load DJI Mavic2 HEVC on Adobe Premiere 2020 ( codec not found )”

Generally, the top editors Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer and Premiere Pro is h.265 compatible, but there are still lots of issues like codec missing, can’t be recognized, won’t importing… What’s more, keep in mind that 4K H.265 footage requires a ridiculous amount of processing power if you want to edit it in its original format, unless you have a very high-end PC. A practical way to solve the issue is to convert DJI 4K H.265 to an edit-friendly format for Premiere Pro.

Here are some tips and tricks for importing DJI H.265 footage to Premiere Pro for further editing without hassles.

Tip 1: Download and install HEVC codec for Adobe Premiere Pro

Note: Not everyone can install HEVC codec successfully. And the import error may still persist even if you have managed to install HEVC codec. What’s more, installing new codec may cause new problems. It may lead to codec conflict and failure of reading some files.
Step 1. Open Adobe Premiere Pro and enter your license.

Step 2. Import your Mavic 2 Pro HEVC-encoded video into Adobe Premiere Pro, and then you may receive a prompt as shown in the picture. (Some users might not get this message.)
DJI HEVC in Premiere Pro

Step 3. Click OK to perform HEVC codec installing.

Step 4. Restart your computer and import your HEVC footage.

Tip 2: Upgrade your Adobe Premiere Pro 12.0.1 or later

As mentioned above, if you need to import HEVC files in MOV format, may be from your iPhone, into Adobe Premiere Pro, make sure you’re using version 12.0.1 or later. Below are the steps to upgrade Premiere Pro to the latest version.
Step 1. Save your work and close your Adobe apps, or you will receive a warning to close.

Step 2. Open Adobe Creative Cloud desktop app, click Apps tab, and then you will see those installed Adobe apps including Adobe Premiere Pro CC. When there’re available update versions, you’ll see Update buttons next to the apps.

Step 3. Click Update next to Adobe Premiere Pro CC. If you want to update all apps, you should click Update All.
import DJI HEVC to Premiere Pro

Step 4. Set Advanced Options.
– Select or deselect Import previous settings and preferences. If this option is checked, settings and preferences of your previous version will be moved to the new version.
– Select or deselect Remove old versions. If this option is checked, your previous version will be removed.
Step 5. After finishing all settings, click Update to start upgrading Premiere Pro CC to the most recent version.

If you fail to update Adobe Premiere Pro CC, see if the solutions to troubleshoot Creative Cloud download and install issues can help you.

Note: The latest Adobe Premiere Pro was upgraded to version 14.1 in April 2020. After upgrading the Adobe Premiere Pro on your PC, if you are still stuck by codec issues, consider upgrading your hardware then. If you want perfect adaptation and performance, your PC build should be upgraded to the recommended specifications.

Tip 3: Transcode HEVC to Premiere Pro compatible codec

In fact, HEVC is a non-performant format that is difficult to edit with and requires much computing power to process. Importing HEVC files into Premiere Pro is still a headache problem. Let’s not to say some 10-bit HEVC videos shot in DLOG-M. If you are still unable to import HEVC-encoded files into Adobe Premiere Pro CC after installing the HEVC codec or upgrading, transcoding HEVC files becomes a highly recommended method, especially if your files are in 4K HEVC and you don’t have a high-end computer.

To convert HEVC files for Premiere Pro, you can adopt HD Video Converter for help. This program features high efficiency and seamless conversion. With it, you can transcode HEVC/H.265 MP4, HEVC MOV, 4K HEVC/H.265 to lossless MPEG-2, ProRes codec, which can be used in Premiere Pro CC, CS6, CS5 without any trouble.
Download and install the top H.265/HEVC converter, then follow the steps below.

Here’s what you need
HD Video Converter
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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.
transcoding X265 HEVC for 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.
transcoding HEVC h.265 for 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.
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 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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