How to Import & Edit H264 Videos in Adobe Premiere Pro without Issue?

Encountering issues when editing H.264 videos in Adobe Premiere Pro? Actually, H264 is a delivery codec that is not ideal for editing. When you edit H264 videos in Premiere Pro, you may find laggy, slow processing, or other issues. Don't worry! This post explains the troubleshooting methods for solving the H.264 editing issues in Premiere Pro. Just keep reading!

Carina Carina | Updated on May 31, 2024

Solutions to Fix H264 Codec Premiere Pro Issues

Solution 1. Change Settings in Premiere Pro

Solution 2. Convert H.264 Videos to Other Premiere Pro-Compatible Formats


Solutions to Fix H264 Codec Premiere Pro Issues

Solution 1. Change Settings in Premiere Pro

If Adobe Premiere Pro is very slow and laggy in previewing when you import H.264 videos to Premiere Pro for editing. You can try to disable the “H264/HEVC hardware accelerated decoding (requires restart)” option in the “Preference” > “Media” tab and then restart Premiere Pro.

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Convert H.264 to Premiere Pro

WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro can help you convert H.264 videos to the best video formats/codecs for smooth importing and editing in Adobe Premiere Pro. It supports MP4, MOV, Apple ProRes, and many other formats compatible with Adobe Premiere. Get it now!

Solution 2. Convert H.264 Videos to Other Premiere Pro-Compatible Formats

As stated before, H.264 is a delivery codec, which is not optimal for editing, thus leading to some editing problems. Moreover, if your H.264 videos are wrapped in some Premiere Pro unsupported formats like MKV, AVI, etc., then you will even fail to import your H264 video.

In this case, to ensure a smooth H.264 video editing process, you may need to transcode H.264 to MPEG-2 or ProRes, as they are the best formats for editing on Premiere Pro.

WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro is a handy H.264 video converter that can help you convert H.264 videos to other formats for editing in Premiere Pro. Its self-explanatory interface and simple workflow make the conversion process easy for everyone, even beginners. Moreover, it can help you customize the video resolution and other parameters in one click.

Now, free downloadfree download the application on your PC and follow the tutorial below to see how to convert H.264 videos to the best video format for Premiere Pro.

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Step 1. Launch WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro after you install it on your PC. Choose “Converter” to enter the video converter interface. Press the “+ Add Files” / “Add Video Folder” button to import H.264 videos or folder(s) you want to edit on Premiere Pro. You can also directly drag and drop the source videos to the workspace.

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The software supports batch conversion mode, so you can add multiple files for simultaneous conversion.

Step 2. Click the format image on the right side of the interface to expand the output format library. Here you can choose a video format under the “Video” tab, like MP4, MOV, MPG, etc., or ProRes under the “Device” > “Apple” option. Then, you can go to the “Parameter settings” window to choose a specific video codec.

Choose Output Format

Step 3. Now, press the inverted triangle button at the bottom of the interface to set an output path for the converted files, or just leave it as default. Finally, click “Run” to start the conversion.

With the support of hardware acceleration, you will get the converted files in no time.

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Fix Any Format & Codec Issue

WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro offers a simple and quick solution to all video/audio format and codec incompatibility issues like Adobe Premiere Pro H264. Just download it and give it a try! It will help you smoothly play and edit unsupported files.


1. Does Premiere Pro support h264?

Generally speaking, Premiere Pro supports importing H.264 videos, but not all H.264 videos. If your H.264 videos are wrapped in .mkv, .avi, or other Premiere Pro incompatible formats, then you will fail to import H. 264 videos into Premiere. Moreover, H.264 is a delivery codec and isn't ideal for editing.

2. How do I export H.264 from Premiere?

Step 1. Right-click the video sequence you want to export in the Timeline panel and choose “Export Media” or export the whole project by going to “File” > “Export” > “Media” on the top menu bar to open the exporting settings.

Step 2. In the “Export Settings” dialog box, choose “H.264” from the “Format” dropdown list. Then select “Match Source – High Bitrate” from the “Preset” dropdown menu. You can also scroll down to find other presets like Vimeo, YouTube, etc. Next, click on the “Output Name” to name the output file and choose export location, and then click “Save”. (Make sure “Export Video” and “Export Audio” are checked.)

Step 3. Now, you can click “Export” to export your H.264 videos immediately. But during that time, you cannot edit other projects in Premiere Pro until the previous file is exported. You can also click “Queue” and send the project to Adobe Media Encoder for exporting with other files in batch at a later time.

You can click the “Save Preset” button next to the preset drop-down in the export window to save your export settings as a new preset if you frequently use the settings to output files.

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Final words...

This article shares the way to solve H264 not importing or editing issues in Adobe Premiere Pro. I hope you can now successfully import and edit H.264 videos in it. If you want to export H.264 videos in Adobe Premiere, this post also offers a simple guide for you. With HD Video Converter Factory Pro, you can be free from any format and codec unsupported issue.

Thank you for your reading. Have a nice day!

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