Premiere still won’t work after installing HEVC (H.265) codec? If you are having issues editing HEVC files within Premiere Pro, you’d better transcode them to a format that is best suitable for use in Adobe Premiere first. Learn a quick guide on how to process HEVC to DNxHD/ProRes conversion for Premiere.
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. When you import HEVC footage into Premiere Pro (for instance, the Mac version), 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.
Mac based Adobe Premiere when first time importing HEVC video
Windows based Adobe Premiere when first time importing HEVC video
Adobe Premiere will handle most HEVC content after installing HEVC codec as it requires, but not for all cases. If for whatever reason you are unable to use HEVC footage in Premiere Pro CC properly, you must take steps to convert them to ProRes (Mac) or DNxHD (Windows) format before start editing. Here’s a way to do this.
How to transcode HEVC H.265 files for editing in Premiere Pro smoothly?
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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