Can't Import AVI into Adobe Premiere Pro? Here’s the Fix!

AVI is a Premiere Pro supported video format. But you may still fail to import an AVI file into the software or there is only audio (no video) after importing. That is due to the unsupported video codec in your AVI file. In this situation, you can transcode AVI to Premiere compatible formats, and all you need is the simple AVI video converter:

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How to Solve Premiere Pro AVI Not Supported Issue?

Solution 1: Convert AVI to Premiere Pro Video Format

Solution 2: Install Codec to Open AVI in Premiere Pro

Can’t Import AVI to Premiere Pro?

According to, AVI is a native video format for import to Premiere Pro. However, not all AVI files are supported. The software only allows DV-AVI, Microsoft AVI Type-1 and Type-2 formats.

• DV-AVI Type 1 is a single stream used to store audio and video.
• DV-AVI Type 2 contains a video stream and one or more audio streams. The file size is bigger than a type-1 file due to the extra data.

If your .avi file is none of these types, Premiere Pro will not accept it.

You can get DV-AVI video files when transferring the content from your DV camcorder to your computer. You can also use WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro to convert AVI to DV-AVI (or other video formats supported by Premiere Pro, like H264 and H265). The following article is focused on the AVI Premiere Pro conversion. Please free download the converter software and read on.

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Use WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro to fix AVI file Premiere Pro not supported issue by converting AVI to Apple ProRes, MPEG-4, MOV, H.264, H.265, or other supported video formats without a hitch!

Solution 1: Convert AVI to Premiere Pro Supported H264, ProRes, Etc.

WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro is a professional video converter that can convert AVI to over 500 formats and codecs for various purposes, including opening and editing AVI in Adobe Premiere Pro. It provides many profiles that Premiere Pro can recognize, such as Apple ProRes, MP4, M4V, MOV, DV, 3GP, 3G2, ASF, and WMV. With the help of the software, you can fix Premiere Pro AVI import issues via a simple conversion. The following part gives detailed instructions. Now, free downloadfree download and install the software to start your work!

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Step 1. Add AVI Files to the Converter

Launch WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro. Select "Converter" and click "Add Files" or "Add Video Folder" to import your AVI files. Alternatively, you can drag and drop them into the software directly. Batch mode is supported.

Load AVI Files

Step 2. Select a Premiere Pro Compatible Format

Click the format image on the right side of the interface to open the format menu. Then go to the "Apple" tab under "Device" and select "Apple ProRes" as the export profile.

You can choose any other video format compatible with Premiere Pro if you have different ideas. For instance, convert AVI to MPEG-4, MOV, MP4, WMV, H.264, etc.

Choose Premiere Pro Supported Format

Step 3. Export Converted Files

Specify an output folder by clicking the inverted triangle button at the bottom. Finally, press "Run" to convert AVI to Premiere supported ProRes. The process will be complete in a few seconds. Once done, you can find the converted videos on your computer and import them into Premiere Pro without issues.

Export Final Files

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Solution 2: Install the Required Codec for Premiere Pro AVI Import

Another method to import AVI to Premiere Pro is to install the required codecs. For example, if your AVI file is from a NewTek product and contains a NewTek SHQ3 (4:2:2:4) codec, you can find the codec from "Updates and Downloads" under the "Codecs and Utilities" section and install it. Then, your AVI file can be imported perfectly into Premiere Pro. Of course, you can install other codec packs, such as K-Lite and X Codec Pack, which already contain everything to play all common video and audio file formats.

However, you should not rely too much on third-party codec packs. Some of them are bundled with malware and bring risks to your computer. A safe video transcoder like WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro is a better choice to solve such video format/codec not supported problems.

Sum up

Sometimes, Adobe Premiere Pro will reject to import of some AVI files with an error message, saying “File format not supported”, “Unsupported format or damaged file”, or “Codec missing or unavailable”. This is caused by the incompatible codecs in your AVI files. Luckily, you have two ways to fix the Premiere Pro AVI import error. One is to transcode the AVI files, and the other is to install the required codec. The above article shares detailed instructions for your reference. Wish you all success!

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