How edit H.264 in Adobe Premiere Pro CC/CS6/CS5 natively

Published on by Chris King

Can’t import H.264 files to Premiere Pro CC/CS5/CS5 smoothly? Read this article to find the best solution.


Q: “When I drag a H.264 video to Adobe Premiere Pro for editing, I met troubles. It was really slow and didn't flow smoothly. Any solution for me?”

Ever met the similar trouble like above user when editing H.264 in Adobe Premiere Pro? If so, just read on. This page aims to give you some tips and tricks how to open and work H.264 files in Premiere Pro CC, CS6, CS5, CS4 flawlessly.

Technically, Adobe Premiere accepts video files in MPEG-2, DV-AVI, QuickTime MOV, etc format. So, in order to load and edit H.264 files in Premiere Pro, the first thing you need to do is to transcode H.264 to Adobe Premiere supported video formats. To finish the task, I applied Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac, the one of the best H.264 file converter I’ve tested ever.

This Mac video converter is able to convert all H.264 files to Adobe Premiere Pro more compatible MPEG-2 video without losing quality. With it, you may also convert H.264 to Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Elements, FCE, iMovie, Avid Media Composer and more NLE programs highly compatible formats. And if you meet the H.264 codec issues with Premiere Pro on Windows PC, please get Brorsoft Video Converter to solve the problem. Below is how.

Transcode H.264 to MPEG-2 for Adobe Premiere Pro

Step 1. Launch the H.264 to Premiere Pro Converter and click "Add File" button to locate the H.264 file(s) you want to add. Check the “Merge into one file” box, you can join several H.264 video clips together if necessary.

Step 2. Choose Premiere Pro preferred format. Click “Format” pull down list to select Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas> MPEG-2(*.mpg) as the best video format for Premiere Pro. WMV, MOV formats are the good choice as well.

Tip: Click "Settings" to fix the frame rate, bitrate, video size, etc to your needs. To have a smooth editing with Adobe Premiere Pro, you need create the files with the appropriate resolution and frame rate that matches your source footage.

Step 3. Click the big "Convert" button at the bottom right corner to finish encoding H.264 to MPG for Adobe Premiere Pro.

After the conversion, just import the encoded H.264 files to Premiere Pro CS4/CS5/CS6/CCfor further editing beautifully.

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