Although Premiere Pro CC is very good at handling 4K footage natively, however, there are still occasion when you try to edit a 4K video on your slow computer but only to find it skips and jumps, making it virtually impossible to edit with any real finesse. Perhaps you can spend more money to buy a new powerful computer, but that isn’t always possible. The good news is that you still the chance to edit 4K video or even other high resolution video with Premiere Pro CC since the latest Premiere Pro CC 2015.4 now provides an incredibly powerful proxy workflow that makes editing of 4K media a breeze. The following article will show you benefits of Proxy media how to create Proxy media files directly with Premiere Pro CC.
Benefits of Proxy media for 4K editing in Premiere Pro CC
The process of creating Proxy files is making a copies of the 4k video files at a lower resolution. You then load these lower resolution files in to your Premiere Pro CC and editing using these. Before you export your finished edited video you replace the low-resolution, proxy, files with the full resolution 4K ones. Then all that is left is a final colour edit and to export the final 4K file. With this technique you can edit and export a 4K video even if you don’t have a computer or monitor that is suitable for editing 4K video.
How to create Proxy files with Premiere Pro CC?
You can create proxies directly from items in the project panel. Choose Create Proxis from the project panel context menu to open the Create Proxies dialog. The menu item is enabled when one or more items in the panel are selected that can be proxied. Premiere Pro can create proxies for master clip project items if they have video, have no captions, and are not growing files. The media must also be online.
In the Create Proxies dialog you can choose one of several built-in presets to use when transcoding high-resolution originals to create proxies. You can also add presets created in Adobe Media Encoder by clicking the Add Ingest Preset button. You can also choose to create proxies in a “Proxies” directory next to the original media, or in a custom location.
If you allow the progress dialog box to complete, a proxy job is created in Adobe Media Encoder for each of the project items chosen that can be proxied, and an offline proxy is attached to each project item. You can monitor the progress of these jobs in the Premiere Pro Progress panel, or in Adobe Media Encoder.
While the jobs are processed, you can continue to work with the corresponding high-resolution project items in Premiere Pro. When the proxy jobs complete, Premiere Pro automatically switches to displaying the proxy video in the Timeline if Enable Proxies is enabled in the Media preferences panel.
Premiere Pro does not need to remain open while proxy jobs are processed in Adobe Media Encoder. If you quit Premiere Pro before all jobs are complete, any proxies created while Premiere Pro is not running are attached when Premiere Pro is launched and the document is reopened.
Import unsupported 4K for Premiere Pro CC editing on slow computer
Above listed solution can only work if the 4K video are supported by Premiere Pro CC, if you can’t even load the 4K video into Premiere Pro CC, not to mention to create Proxy media file with it. Fortunately, you can easily fix this format incompatible issue with this powerful 4K Video Converter - Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate (get Mac version), which has enhanced media compatibility with all 4K digital video including 4K AVI, 4K WMV, 4K MP4, 4K MOV, 4K MKV, 4K MXF, 4K M2TS, 4K XAVC/XAVC S, 4K Prores, 4K H.264, 4K H.265, etc and even 4K commercial Blu-ray disc/BDMV folder/ISO image file. With the program, you can either convert unsupported 4K video to Premiere Pro CC readable 4K format and then load the file into PPC for creating Proxy files or you can directly use our program to Premiere Pro CC specially optimize MPEG-2 file format with 1080p or small file resolution for smooth editing with Premiere Pro CC
Trim/Crop/Add subtitle 4K video
If you don’t want to load the whole video into Premiere Pro CC for editing, you can simply and swiftly cut off unwanted parts from the video with the built-in “Trim function”, crop the black bards or unwanted area from the video or add external subtitle to video, etc.
How to Convert Unsupported 4K Video for Premiere Pro CC Editing?
Step 1: Load 4K video into the program.
Open the program, click “File” menu, from its drop-down option, select “Add Video/Audio” to load 4K Video to the program.
Step 2: Define the output format.
Clicking the Format bar, from its drop-down list, you can choose one of Premiere Pro CC editable 4K format such as “H.264 High Profile Video(*.mp4)” under “Common Video” main category.
Or directly output Premiere Pro CC specially optimized MPEG-2 format with small file resolution for smooth editing with PPC.
Step 3: Trim/Crop/Add subtitle to 4K files.
Select an item on the main interface to activate the “Video Editor” function, in the opened “Video Editor” window, you can trim or cut off 4K video length, crop to remove black frame or insert external subtitle to it.
Step 4: Start the conversion process.
Go back to the main interface, hit right-bottom “Convert” button to start to convert 4K video to Premiere Pro CC supported 4K format or specially optimized MPEG-2 formats.
When the conversion is completed, feel free to import video to Premiere Pro CC for professional post-production workflow on any slow computer.
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