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Frequently asked questions about Premiere Pro. Why can't Premiere Pro import my file? If you're trying to import a file into Premiere Pro, and Premiere Pro is telling you that it can't import that file, this could be for a few different reasons. First, let's start with the basics. If you go to File > Import and then click this menu here to the right of file name and you can get a list of various file formats that can imported by Premiere Pro. Notice that the all supported media list is extremely long and it extends far off the right side of my screen. This really isn't a good way to read all of the different file formats that can be imported.
And it doesn't really give you any information beyond the file name extension. A better way, let's cancel out of this, is go to Help > Adobe Premiere Pro Help and from within help search for Supported Import Formats. So let's search for, Supported > Import > Formats. Then click File Formats Supported for Import. And here, we have a complete list of every file format that Adobe Premier Pro can import. Note that its a very long list including video and animation file formats, audio file formats, still image file formats that can be imported as either single still images or entire image sequences, and various project file formats. Let's go back to the top because there are actually some important notes here. In Premiere Pro CS5 and earlier, the trial version of Premiere Pro did not include all of the codecs.
Specifically, codecs for MPEG2 formats, Red, AVCHD, and XD cam were not included. This meant that even though the full version of Premiere Pro can import these kinds of files, the trial version could not. So, if you're using the trial version of the Premiere Pro CS5 or earlier, you won't be able to import these types of files. Another thing to keep in mind is that some file formats are actually container file formats. And these containers include video and audio data in various codecs. You need to have the codec installed on your system for Premiere Pro to use these files.
And the codec needs to be compatible with Premiere Pro. For example, dot MOV files, Quicktime files are supported by Premiere Pro. However, if the Quicktime movie includes video encoded in a codec that is not installed in your computer system, Premier Pro will not be able to decode that movie. It needs the codec. The same applies to AVI. MXF is another name for a container format. MXF is actually a very structured file system and there are various different flavors. PremiumPro can import various kinds of MXF files, but not all.
We search on this page, for MXF, we see a list of the kinds of MXF files that Premium Pro can import. Going back to the top of this document, we can see that FLD, and F4V are also container formats FLV files can contain either a sorenson spark or onto VP six data. Premiere Pro CS five and Premiere Pro CS 5.5 can import FLV files using onto VP six data, but not sorenson spark. So, if you're trying to import an FLV file and it doesn't work, check to see if it's encoded with sorenson spark.
So, those are the most common three reasons that you might not be able to import a file into Premiere Pro. 1, You might be running the trial version of Premiere Pro CS 5 or earlier. Note that Premiere Pro CS 5.5 doesn't have these limitations on the trial version. 2, You might be trying to import a file of a format that Premiere Pro doesn't import, so check the file for format supported for import, to see if your file is listed. And 3, If you're trying to import a file, in a container that Premium Pro does support, it may be that codec used in that container file, is not one that Premium Pro can import.
In many cases you can install a codec to give Premium Pro the ability to import, the container file, with that codec. There are various free utilities that can tell you what kind of a codec is used inside of a file, one of them is called GSpot, and another is called Media Info. So if you can't import a file into Premier Pro check these things first.
- What's the best export format or codec?
- How do I choose the right sequence settings?
- Why can't Premiere Pro import my file?
- How do I get rid of black bars around my movie?
- Why does audio not go to the track where I drop it?
- Why is there a red or yellow bar in my sequence?
- How do I submit a bug report or feature request?
- How do I learn Premiere Pro?