Premiere now supports HEVC (H.265) codec in a .MOV container

Does Premiere Pro now support HEVC (H.265) codec wrapped in a .MOV container? The answer is “YES”. Adobe has recently added support for more formats in Premiere Pro CC 2018 12.0.1, including HEVC (H.265) codec in a .MOV container, and ARRIRAW codec in an MXF container. This update will definitely help Apple users to edit their HEVC MOV footage taken with an iPhone or iPad running iOS 11.
HEVC MOV in Adobe Premiere
Premiere 2017 not read HEVC footage from iPhone 8 plus
“Hi, how do you guys edit footage shot on iPhone 8 plus. I have Premiere Pro CC 2017. It seems that Premiere will not read the HEVC .MOV footage at all. I already have HEVC codec installed as it required. But there is no luck to get it to work. Did I miss something? Please kindly suggest a solution if you know. Thanks.”

To be able to edit HEVC MOV files in Premiere Pro, you will need to update to Premiere Pro CC 2018 (12.0.1). If for any reason you cannot upgrade to the newest version, you will need to transcode the HEVC MOV files to a format that is compatible with Adobe Premiere first, such as Apple ProRes or DNxHD. We walk you through how to process the file conversion below.

How to transcode HEVC MOV footage for Premiere editing on a Windows or Mac computer?

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.
HEVC support in Premiere Pro CC 2018 (12.0.1)

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.
HEVC MOV support in Premiere Pro CC 2018 (12.0.1)

*** 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.
HEVC MOV support in Premiere Pro CC 2018 (12.0.1)

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 iOS 11 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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