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Premiere Elements H.265 Workflow

Premiere Elements H.265 Workflow

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Premiere Elements is a video editing software published by Adobe. It is a scaled-down version of Adobe Premiere Pro and is tailored to novice editors and consumers. Although premiere Elements can import various common digital file formats, however, it still can’t handle some of the new formats such as the H.265 High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) standard.

“I am trying to use Premiere Elements 14 for some simple cutting, transitions, and color correction of 4k footage from my Samsung camera. Unfortunately, Elements does not support this HEVC format and it cannot render H.265 either. What is the preferred workflow for editing this content?”

“I bought a Premiere Elements 15 half a year ago, buying a GoPro Hero camera 6 some of my videos can not be edited, the program does not support h.265 HEVC :-( Does the new version 2018 already contain this?”

Can Premiere Elements native handle H.265 codec?

From Adobe’s official page, we get the information that the latest Premiere Elements 2018 can import/export the following file formats:

AVCHD (import only), DV-AVI (import/export on Windows, import only on Mac OS), DVD, H.264, HDV, MPEG-1 (import only), MPEG-2, MPEG-4, MP3, QuickTime, Windows Media (Windows only), and many more. Import/export of some formats may require activation via an Internet connection. Activation is fast, easy, and free.

From above information, we can conclude even the latest updated Elements 2018 lacks the ability to import or export H.265 files. Therefore, it seems impossible to have a native workflow of H.265 with Premiere Elements, you will need to perform a codec transcoding process.

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Convert H.265 for Premiere Elements editing

The good news is that you can transcode H.265 to Premiere Elements editable file formats with a H.265 Decoder software. Some people recommend to use Handbrake with the following workflow:

  1. Convert from H.265 to H.264 MP4
  2. Import converted video to Adobe Premiere Elements editing
  3. Render from Elements to H.264 MP4 with high bit rate
  4. Transcode back to H.265 with Handbrake

However, since Handbrake encoding H.265 by using CPU, you will find that it is very time consuming when you try to encode editing project back to H.265 with Handbrake.

For those people who are looking for a fast way to decode and encode H.265 for Premiere Elements editing, we highly recommend Pavtube Video Converter to you. The program has perfect importing support for both HD/4K H.265 files wrapped with MP4, MKV or MOV container file formats. The program not only assist you to decode H.265 to Premiere Elements editable file formats such as H.264 MP4 or other formats listed above, but also facilitate you to encode H.264 MP4 to H.265 MP4 back with up to 30x faster encoding speed as long as you run your computer on Maxwell (GM206) or Pascal based Graphic cards that supports Nvidia NVENC technology.

Edit H.265 with built-in editing options

Apart from decoding or encoding H.265 files for you, the application also works as a splendid H.265 Video Editor to help you to complete some basic H.265 video editing work. You can flip or rotate the video orientation if it is shot sideways or upside down, trim video to cut out a funny part or remove the unwanted parts in the beginning or end, crop the video to remove the unwanted black bars or size area, add transparent text watermark to protect your video from begin used without permission, apply some special rendering effects such as gray, flip color, aged film, etc, add external subtitle to video, etc.

For Mac users, you can go to download Pavtube Video Converter for Mac to do the same H.265 decoding and encoding job on macOS High Sierra, macOS Sierra, Mac OS X El Capitan, Mac OS X Yosemite, Mac OS X Mavericks, etc.

Tips: Hardware encoding acceleration for H.265 codec is not available for the Mac version.

Step by Step to Decode H.265 for Premiere Elements Editing

Step 1: Load H.265 files into the application.

Download the free trial version of the program. Launch it on your computer. Click “File” menu and select “Add Video/Audio” or click the “Add Video” button on the top tool bar to import HD/4K H.265 video files into the program.

Load H.265 files

Step 2: Define the output format.

Clicking the Format bar, from its drop-down list, if your original H.265 video is in 4K resolution and you also wish to have a 4K workflow on a powerful computer, just output Premiere Elements supported 4K editing formats such as “H.264 High Profile Video(*.mp4)” under “Common Video” main category.

Output Premiere Elements supported 4K file formats

If your original H.265 video is in HD resolution or you want to have a smooth workflow of 4K H.265 video on a slow computer, then it would be much ideal for you to choose Premiere Elements HD editing formats such as “H.264 HD Video(*.mp4)” under “HD Video” main category.

Output Premiere Elements supported HD file formats

Step 3: Edit H.265 video with built-in editing options.

By default the Edit icon is grayed out. To activate the Edit menu, you have to select an item first. When a video or movie is selected, click the pencil like Edit icon on the left top tool bar to open the video editor window, here, you can play and preview the original video and output effects. Also you can flip or rotate video, trim, crop, add watermark, apply special effect, edit audio or insert external subtitle.

Step 4: Begin the conversion process.

After all setting is completed, hit the “Convert” button at the right bottom of the main interface to begin the conversion process from H.265 to Premiere Elements supported editing formats.

When the conversion is finished, click “Open Output Folder” icon on the main interface to open the folder with generated files. Then feel free to import converted video into Premiere Elements for smooth editing workflow.


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