Adobe Premiere Pro CC now features support for HEVC (also known as H.265) files. To use this feature, you need to install HEVC codec for Premiere on your system. Unfortunately, users who import HEVC videos taken with iOS 11 devices still need to transcode clips to an editable format like ProRes or DNxHD. We explain how in this article.
Premiere won’t import iPhone HEVC clips with HEVC codec installed
“Hi guys, I’m starting a project in Premiere Pro CC 2017. I can import Samsung NX1 4K H.265 footage into it without a glitch, but I have no luck to load HEVC clips taken with my iPhone 8 running iOS 11. I’ve already installed HEVC codec for Premiere as required. What am I missing? Can anyone help please? I would really appreciate any help. Thanks.”
Premiere supports HEVC H.265 media with resolutions up to 8192×4320. Unfortunately this is not the case with the HEVC from the iPhone 8 and other Apple devices running iOS 11. Users who load Apple H.265 clips to Premiere must take steps to convert iPhone 8 HEVC video to ProRes or DNxHD format before start editing. Here’s a way to do this.
How to encode HEVC H.265 files for 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.
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 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.
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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