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Bobby HallConverting H.264 files to edit
by on Jul 23, 2016 at 4:20:38 am

I have some H.264 .mov files that I need to edit in Windows 10 using Premiere Pro CC. Is it wise to use the native files or should they be transcoded? If so, what format should they be converted to? And can I use MPEG Streamclip or is there some other program that would be better? Thanks.


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John PaleRe: Converting H.264 files to edit
by on Jul 23, 2016 at 2:14:19 pm

First. Do not use MPEG Streamclip. Everything you need is within Adobe Creative Cloud already.

Without knowing anything about your system , it's hard to make a judgement about whether you can work with H.264 files natively. Many systems can. Adobe Premiere Pro CC is designed to work natively if your system is up to it.

If you want to use a proxy workflow, here is a document describing that

https://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-pro/kb/ingest-proxy-workflow-premiere-pro-...


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Bobby HallRe: Converting H.264 files to edit
by on Jul 23, 2016 at 11:29:58 pm

I'm using an old Sony Vaio laptop. It's not very fast and playback stutters frequently when I'm watching something in the timeline. I thought maybe it had to do with the files being h.264. I'll check out that link you gave. Thanks!


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Alan LloydRe: Converting H.264 files to edit
by on Jul 24, 2016 at 2:52:47 pm

How old a Sony? Can you be more specific?

H.264 does ask a lot of a system, in terms of CPU load. And some (many) laptop drives are slower than desktop drives.

Also, odds are the files and the system are on the same physical drive, which slows things down even more.


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Bobby HallRe: Converting H.264 files to edit
by on Jul 26, 2016 at 12:55:00 am

The Sony is from 2012. And yeah, the files are on the computer's hard drive.


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Ron KhouryRe: Converting H.264 files to edit
by on Jul 25, 2016 at 10:55:23 pm

I would work with the original/native files. Then Export ProRes then convert to H.264.


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Bobby HallRe: Converting H.264 files to edit
by on Jul 26, 2016 at 12:55:58 am

Why would you export in ProRes and convert that to h.264? Why not export in h.264 out of the program?


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Ron KhouryRe: Converting H.264 files to edit
by on Jul 26, 2016 at 1:02:19 am

H.264 takes double the time to be exported. So it's a work around to save time. ProRes then convert it to H264


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Alan LloydRe: Converting H.264 files to edit
by on Jul 26, 2016 at 5:05:30 am

A Sony Vaio is a Windows machine. ProRes is not a realistic option.


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Ron KhouryRe: Converting H.264 files to edit
by on Jul 26, 2016 at 6:34:46 pm

Oh yes...I didn't see that.


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