Convert Canon XH-A1 1080i footage to Premiere Pro

Published on by Chris King

Have got a Canon XH-A1 and want to import/edit the Canon XH-A1 1080i footages in Adobe Premiere Pro without issue; check out the guide to learn how to convert Canon XH-A1 HDV to Adobe Premiere Pro compatible MPEG-2 video format

Convert Canon XH-A1 1080i footage to Premiere Pro

Utilizing the highly efficient HDV compression format, Canon XH-AI allows over an hour of high definition recording on a single miniDV tape. While, I have not had any luck importing Canon XH-A1 1080i footage to Adobe Premiere. I’m looking for a workaround to get rid of the trouble.

I searched the Canon XH-A1 and Premiere Pro on Google, and found the other users are also facing the importing problems, like no sound. Searching widely, I’ve found out the solution yet to fix the Canon XH-A1 1080i footage to Premiere Pro issues.

Actually, HDV is not an ideal format for editing purpose. Instead, raw clips like MPEG-2 perform much better in Adobe Premiere including Premiere Pro CC, CS6, CS5, CS4. So, the best method is to convert XH-A1 HDV to MPEG-2 before loading to Premiere Pro. For this purpose, this article mainly shows you how to transcode XH-A1 footage to MPG for Premiere Pro in details.

First of all, free download Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac, a top Mac HDV Converter. It supports transcoding all HDV files to MPEG-2 for Adobe Premiere Pro; Apple ProRes 422 for Final Cut Pro; DNxHD for Avid Media Composer; AIC .mov for iMovie, Final Cut Express and more. This will help you import the file correctly and saving the rendering time. If you work Canon HDV footage on Windows, please get Video Converter. Now go through the article to check out the solution.

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Step 1: Load Canon XH-A1 footage

Install and launch Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac, and then click "Add" button to import Canon XH-A1 footage to the program.

Step 2: Select output format

Choose output format. This video converter offers optimized format preset for Adobe Premiere. Just click “Format” menu firstly and then follow “Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas” to set MPG format.


1. If the default settings do not fit you requirement, you can click “Settings” icon to and enter “Profile Settings” panel to adjust video size, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channels.

2. Click the Effect and then you will go to the Video Editor. Choose the Effect to see whether the “Deinterlace” has been chosen. If not, select it and it will help you deinterlace your 1080/60i HDV files. Usually, the program processes the deinterlacing video option by default.

Step 3: Start converting HDV to MPEG-2

Finally hit the Convert button; it will convert HDV to MPEG-2 for Adobe Premiere Pro on Mac immediately.

When the conversion process shows in 100%, you can get the resulted videos from output folder easily for easier editing in Premier Pro CS3/CS4/CS5/CS6/CC.

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