Can’t Import MP4 to Premiere Elements, Solved!

Premiere Elements MP4 editing issue

“I made an mp4 video in premiere Elements 12 (for playing on iPad) and now I want to import the mp4 file into another premiere Elements project. when i try to import the file, it just hangs and does nothing when i select the mp4 file (get the spinning beach ball that never stops until i force quit premiere Elements. i am on a mac running osx 10.7.5 and have the latest updates to premiere Elements 12. (by the way, the mp4 plays fine in quick time.) Does anyone know what I’m doing wrong? Thanks”

“My cell phones generate .mp4 video files. I can import them into Photoshop Elements Organizer 12, add titles and tags but I can’t generate a thumbnail image or view these videos by clicking on the image in the Organizer. PSE 12 does support the .mov file format that my Nikon D800 generates and shows a thumbnail and allows me to view the video. I can view the video using the Windows 10 file manager. I can also view them with Bridge CC. Any suggestions?”

Can Premiere Elements handle MP4 files?

From Adobe’s official page, we find that Premiere Elements has the capability to import the following file formats:

From above tablet, we can see that Premiere Elements only has the ability to handle H.264 encoded QuickTime MP4 file formats. However, it is well know that MP4 is a multimedia container file format, which can hold various different video and audio codec as below:
Video codec: MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 (A)SP, H.264/MPEG-4, H.265/HEVC, VC-1/WMV, Real Video, Theora, Microsoft MPEG4 V2, VP8, MVC
Audio codec: MP3, WMA, AAC, AC-3, DTS,ALAC, DTS-HD

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If the MP4 files are encoded with any of above listed incompatible video or audio codec, Premiere Elements will fail to recognize that MP4 files.

Transcode unsupported MP4 for Premiere Elements editing

To fix Premiere Elements not importing certain MP4 format issue, the best simple solution is transcoding MP4 file to one of Premiere Elements editable file formats listed above. To get the job easily completed, here, we highly recommend Pavtube Video Converter (review), which can comprehensively convert all MP4 files to Premiere Elements 15/14/13/12/11 editable file formats listed above. For those people who wish to get the native editing workflow of MP4 with Premiere Elements, you can use the program to directly produce Premiere Elements specially optimized MPEG-2 editing codec.

Pavtube Video Converter features an intuitive and easy to navigate interface, you can complete the whole conversion process with just few clicks. In addition, it is an ad-free program and doesn’t feature any ads or bundled adware, therefore, just feel free to download and install it on your computer without required to install any unwanted application. What’s more, the program keeps constant update with with perfect support for the new Windows 10 and macOS Sierra and also their previous version, so you won’t get any OS incompatible issue.

Edit MP4 files with Premiere Elements

Before loading MP4 files into Premiere Elements for professional video editing, you can do some simple video editing work on the MP4 files. You can trim or cut MP4 video to remove unwanted parts from the video, crop video blackbars or unwanted area, apply some special rendering effect, deinterlace interlaced video into progressive form, add external subtitle to MP4 video.

The program is available on both Windows and Mac platform, you can download the Mac version – Pavtube Video Converter for Mac to solve Premiere Elements MP4 importing issue on Mac OS X El Capitan or macOS Sierra.

Step by Step to Convert MP4 for Editing with Premiere Elements

Step 1: Load unsupported MP4 files.

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 source MP4 video files into the program.

Step 2: Choose Premiere Elements best editing file format.

Click “Format” drop-down bar to select a proper video format. To edit MP4 videos in Adobe Premiere Pro CC, “Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas > MPEG-2 (*.mpg)” is the most suitable one. 

Premiere Elements best editing file format

Step 3: Edit MP4 files.

Select an item on the main interface to activate the “Video Editor” function, in the opened video editor window, you can trim video file length, crop video file size, add watermark, apply special rendering effect, remove/replace audio in video or add external subtitles to video, etc.

Edit MP4 video

Step 4: Start conversion.

After all the setting is completed, hit right-bottom “Convert” button to begin the conversion of MP4 files to Premiere Elements MPEG-2 conversion process.

When the conversion is completed, you will have no problem to import converted files to Premiere Elements for editing.

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