Tutorial to Import/Export Videos in Premiere (Pro CC 2017)

With the latest update of new editing tools for 360 degree video and stereoscopic VR in Premiere (Pro CC 2017), Adobe's Premiere Pro has won more and more favors among video buffs from the field of art and design. In the version of Premiere (Pro CC 2017), Adobe makes sense for the application to come ready for a broad range of cameras that consist of many brands that are leading in the market such as Sony, Canon, Nikon, etc. to import video with an equirectangular projection, and allow you to stitch and edit it in a very professional approach, so that You can publish video directly to the web from Premiere Pro to sites such as YouTube or Facebook. However, an important thing to note here is that media files cannot be edited or changed through their horizontal properties as the Premiere limitation of video formats, resolution etc.; therefore, here we mainly discuss how to import and export media files int Adobe Premiere Pro.

solution to import/export video to premerie pro

➤ Part 1: Why it's failed to import media files in Premiere (Pro CC 2017)?

➤ Part 2: How to Solve that can't Import to Premiere Pro?

➤ Part 3: How to export finished videos from Premiere (Pro CC 2017)?

Why it's failed to import media files in Premiere (Pro CC 2017)?

Maybe you have encountered this situation that even if you have updated and reinstalled your Premiere Pro you still can not import MP4/MTS or other media files into it for editing. Why is this such a horrible ongoing battle? Is there something we can do?

Issue 1. Unsupport file formats of Premiere (Pro CC 2017)

Well, even Premiere has updated its rendering ability in Premiere (Pro CC 2017), it still can't includes all media formats, needless to say the on-going hardware upgrading. And some filename extensions—such as MOV, AVI, and MXF denote container file formats rather than denoting specific audio, video, or image data formats. Container files can contain data encoded using various compression and encoding schemes. Premiere Pro can import these container files, but the ability to import the data that they contain depends on the codecs (specifically, decoders) installed. So please check the video formats before importing your footage or videos to it as below table:

Supported native video and audio formats for importing to Premiere
Format Details
3GP, 3G2 (.3gp) Multimedia container format
AAC  Advanced Audio Coding
AC3 Including 5.1 surround
AIFF, AIF  Audio Interchange File Format
Apple ProRes  Apple video compression format 
ASF   NetShow (Windows only)
ASND Adobe Sound Document
AVC-Infra Panasonic codec
AVI (.avi) DV-AVI, Microsoft AVI Type 1 and Type 2
BWF Broadcast WAVE format
DNxHD Supported in native MXF and QuickTime wrappers
DNxHR DNxHR LB, DNxHR SQ, DNxHR TR, DNxHR HQ, and DNxHR HQX
DV  Raw DV stream, a QuickTime format
GIF  Animated GIF
H.264 AVC Various media that use H.264 encoding
HEVC (H.265) H.265 media with resolutions up to 8192x4320
M1V MPEG-1 Video File
M2T Sony HDV
M2TS Blu-ray BDAV MPEG-2 Transport Stream, AVCHD
M2V   DVD-compliant MPEG-2
M4A MPEG-4 audio
M4V MPEG-4 video file
MOV   QuickTime format
MP3 MP3 audio
MP4 QuickTime Movie, XDCAM EX
MPEG, MPE, MPG MPEG-1, MPEG-2
MTS AVCHD
MXF Media eXchange Format. MXF is a container format that supports
  • P2 Movie: Panasonic Op-Atom variant of MXF video in DV, DVCPRO, DVCPRO 50, DVCPRO HD, AVC-Intra
  • Sony XDCAM HD 18/25/35 (4:2:0)
  • Sony XDCAM HD 50 (4:2:2)
  • AVC-LongGOP
  • XAVC Intra
  • XAVC LongGOP
  • JPEG2000
  • IMX 30/40/50
  • XDCAM EX
Native MJPEGs 1DC
OMF Audio Project Format
OpenEXR Files in .EXR, .MXR, and .SXR formats
VOB Container format in DVD media
WAV Windows Waveform
WMV Windows Media, Windows only

Issue 2 Error file size to import media files to Premiere Pro

Video and still-image files that you want to import must not be more than the maximum dimensions allowed. The maximum sequence frame size in pixels is 10,240×8,192 (width x height). That means, the maximum frame size to import still images and movies is 256 megapixels, with a maximum dimension of 32,768 pixels in either direction. For example, one image size from a Canon T2i is 5184 × 3456. This requires 1,094 MB, which just exceeds the 1 GB available on the Quadro FX 3800, but is still within the 1.5 GB of the Quadro FX 4800.

How to Solve that can't Import to Premiere Pro?

See, if your media files does not meet the Premiere supported requirements, Premiere Pro CC will refuse to import it. Is there a solution to importing all video files to all versions of Premiere Pro? The answer is positive. There are two main ways to import media into Premiere, the media browser or the third-party components such as Dimo Video Converter Ultimate. 

Solution 1 Using Media Browser

The Media Browser gives you quick access to all your assets while you edit. Also, you can use the Media Browser to import clips copied from video storage media such as P2 cards, SxS cards, XDCAM disks, and DVDs. 

import video to premiere by media browser

Step 1 Select Window > Media Browser

Step 2 Select one or more files from the list of files. To select more than one non-contiguous file, Ctrl-click (Windows) or Command-click (Mac OS) the filenames. To select more than one contiguous file, Shift-click the filenames.

Step 3 Select File > Import From Browser, or right-click the file in the Media Browser and select Import. Alternatively, you can drag the file from the Media Browser into the Project panel, or drag the file from the Media Browser into a Timeline.

There are some exceptions to this, however, despite having a huge number of file types supported natively within Premiere, you will sometimes run into files that are not supported, FLV and MKV files being the most common ones, but this is not the end of the world and there is a simple solution.

Solution 2. Alternative to Media Browser to import videos

Dimo Video Converter Ultimate for Mac offers an easy way to convert any file you may have into media that Premiere can use quickly and efficiently on MacOS Sierra, OS X El Capitan, etc. and is a great tool to have alongside premiere if you commonly work with multiple file types. Besides to convert videos/footages like MTS/M2TS, MP4, WMV, VOB, Tivo, etc. for editing with Premiere Pro CC, you can also use the program to transcode videos/footages to the best formats for viewing on widescreen TV, uploading to YouTube/Facebook/Vimeo or loading into FCP, Davinci Resolve, Avid Media Composer, etc for smooth video editing.

Ror windows users, you can turn to Dimo Video Converter Ultimate to get the conversion done on Windows (10).

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Now you can follow the guide step by step to import videos to Premiere (Pro CC 2017) supported video formats.

alternative to media browser to import video to premiere

Step 1 Load videos to the program

click the "Add File" to load video you plan to import to Premiere (Pro CC 2017) the program from your computer. Or you can also directly drag the video files into the program.

Step 2 Choose Premiere as output format

Click the "Select Format" bar and select "Editor" > "Adobe Premiere" as output format.

Tip: Click the "Settings" button and customize proper video/audio parameters including Video size, resolution, bitrate and fame rate and more.

Step 3 Start conversion

After all necessary settings, hit "Start" button to start transcoding videos to transfer to Premiere (Pro CC 2017) for editing. Once the conversion process shows in 100%, click Open to get the output videos. Create a project and start editing in Premiere with ease.

How to export finished videos from Premiere (Pro CC 2017)?

When you have your edit completed and ready for delivery, there is only one step left – exporting for delivery. Exporting a finished video with Premiere Pro is an absolute essential skill that is required to finish any edit.

To export a video in Premiere Pro go to "File > Export > Media." You could also press the shortcut key "control M" on PC, or "command M" on Mac. Make sure your sequence that you want to export is selected when you do this.

This will bring up your export settings window. In this window, you'll select your desired settings or presets for the video before sending it to Media Encoder for exporting.

export video to premiere pro

The first thing to think about when exporting a video is to think about where the video will be delivered and how it will be viewed. Are you going to upload to Youtube and Vimeo? Are you going to burn it to a DVD? Are you going to give the client a highly compressed rough copy to watch on their phone? The delivery destination is very important on deciding what the settings need to be. There are loads of useful presets already pre-installed with Premiere Pro and Media Encoder. You can use these presets to quickly choose settings for your exported file.

If you want to bypass these custom settings and export with the EXACT settings of your sequence, you can select "match sequence settings" at the top. That will change your export settings to exactly match your sequence settings, although I don't recommend this because most delivery destinations require codecs other than your common editing or intermediate codec. However, with the addition of Dimo Video Converter Ultimate you have a workflow as above that can ingest and export any type of media file onto any devices you will ever come across with the minimum of fuss.

This is a basic tutorial about Adobe Premiere, professional video editing software. However, if still run into any other issues regarding with upgrading to Premiere Pro CC 2017, or you want to post, discuss the way to import and export video in Premiere ? Please feel free to Email Us with detailed information of your device such as device model, build number, kernel version and else. Attach some snapshots would be better.

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