How to install H.265 HEVC codec for Mac Premiere?

Adobe Premiere Pro CC now features support for H.265 HEVC files. To use this feature, you need to install HEVC codec for Premiere on your Mac system. When you import HEVC H.265 media into Mac based Premiere Pro, a Window will pop up asking you to install HEVC codec: “HEVC Codec must be installed to use this feature. Click OK to install now.” All you need to do is clicking “OK” and the HEVC H.265 codec will be installed immediately. Very simple and direct.
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However, in some situations, Mac Premiere users still have issues one or another with HEVC H.265 codec installed. What to do to solve the issue? Fortunately, with a little workarounds, you are able to get Mac Premiere working with HEVC H.265 files smoothly. Learn a workaround to get Mac based Premiere recognizing HEVC H.265 files correctly.

How to transcode HEVC H.265 files for Adobe Premiere Mac version?

Here’s what you need
HD Video Converter for Mac
install HEVC codec for Premiere

Step 1: Start up HD Video Converter for Mac as an HEVC H.265 to Mac Premiere Pro Converter.

Step 2: Click ‘Add File’ to import your source media to the program.
HEVC support in Mac Premiere Pro

Step 3: Select output format
From the ‘Profile’ menu, move to ‘Final Cut Pro’ catalogue, and select ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as target format for editing in Mac based Premiere with optimum performance.
Premiere install HEVC H.265 codec

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.

Note that this converter program can only output Apple ProRes 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 Mac computer has enough power to process 4K. If not, simply select Apple ProRes as output format for your Mac version Premiere.
Premiere install HEVC H.265 codec

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 your Mac based Premiere Pro for further editing smoothly.

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