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Can't Import MP4 file into Premiere Elements 13 ?

August 29 2015 , Written by Bonnie

Description: If you don’t know how to import MP4 file into Premiere Elements, this article will give you the answer.

Nowadays, Samsung NX500 supports recording H.265 4K MP4 files and GoPro Hero 4 supports recording H.264 4K MP4 files. You can download MP4 videos from online video website like YouTube, Fox , etc. It is clearly that MP4 is widely used for saving media datum. However, when you try to import MP4 files into Premiere Elements 13, only get “ no sound track ”, “ no video ” or “ missing codec error message”. The following example of a customer problem:

“ I recorded H.264 MP4 video clips by GoPro Hero 3 to edit MP4 files in Premiere Elements 13 for sharing and playing. I'm importing a mp4 file using Premiere Elements 13 on Mac running OS X 10.10.Yosemite. Yet it doesn't appear to import, though a blank thumbnail appears in organizer. When I try to open the MP4 file, only get a missing codec error message. Why this happen? Any help? ”

According to the Adobe official website, MP4 is supported by Premiere Elements 13/12/11/10. But Premiere Elements might not work with some MP4 files due to the codec issue. Because MP4 is a format container with different codecs , only a few of which are supported in Premiere Elements. Faced with this problem, we've tried some ways like updating QuickTime, changing file extensions, etc, still got “ no sound track, missing codec error message ” and other tips.

On the basis of our tests and the Adobe official website, the friendly MP4 video format for Adobe Premiere Elements 13 supporting is MPEG-2. Therefore, to make MP4 compatible with Premiere Elements, you need to encode MP4 video in various codes to MPEG-2 for editing MP4 files in Premiere Elements 13. Plus, both MOV and WMV are friendly formats for editing in Premiere Elements 13.

Luckily, Pavtube Video Converter for Mac can be completely done, which can help you transcode MP4 to MPEG-2 with high editing quality and efficiency for editing MP4 files in Premiere Elements 13. In addition, this strong tool can make you extract audio from video, customize the output file folder and merge multiple videos to a file. It also enables you to convert a wide variety of videos H.265, MKV, Tivo, WMV, AAC, AC3, FLAC, etc. Besides, it has more comprehensive editing functions like trim, adjust, crop, watermark, etc.  Now, follow the step-by-step on how to encode MP4 to Premiere Elements 13 successfully. (Windows Version - Pavtube Video Converter)

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First, download Pavtube Video Converter for Mac and launch it on your Mac.


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How to encode MP4 to Premiere Elements 13 for editing?

Step 1. Load MP4 Files to the Program

Click “File”to add the MP4 files to the program, or directly drag MP4 files to the program..


Step 2. Choose Output Format

Just click "Format" menu firstly and then follow "Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas" to set “MPG-2 (*.mpg) ”, you also can choose WMV or MOV format depending on your needs.


Tips: for more advanced settings, you can go to "settings" button in the main interface to customize the output video's parameters, such as “ video size ”, “ frame rate ” or “ bitrate ”to customize the output files to get the best quality you want.

Step 3. Start MP4 to Premiere Elements 13 Conversion

Go back to the big Convert button to start converting MP4 files to MPEG-2, the converting duration according to the size of your MP4 files.

Once the conversion done, you can click "Open" button to get the output files easily. Now you have got it, just to import and edit MP4 files with Premiere Elements 13/12/11/10 freely.

What an easy way, have a try!

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