AVI File Won’t Open in Premiere Pro CC/CS6/CS5? A Quick Fix

Can’t import your AVI file to Adobe Premiere Pro CS4/CS5/CS3/CS6/CC? It is officially stated that AVI is supported by Adobe Premiere. However, when importing an AVI file, Adobe Premiere including the recent Premiere Pro CC sometimes returns the error “Unable to open that file. File uses an unsupported compression format.” Sometimes it doesn’t show video, only the audio with. So what’s the matter? Read on to find the reason and the easy way to fix the AVI and Premiere Pro incompatible issues.

According to Adobe official website, Adobe Premiere Pro does import AVI files. However it only imports DV-AVI. If you try to add other AVI files like DivX-AVI, MJPEG-AVI, Xvid-AVI, 3ivX-AVI and more to Premiere, it either ends in fail or encounters some audio or video problem. Searched widely and I got some tech support for loading AVI files into Adobe Premiere Pro correctly.

  1. Select your imported AVI file from the project view in Premiere and then
  2. Go to File > Interpret Footage.
  3. Inside the Interpret Footage dialog box, check the Ignore Alpha Channel option.

This makes your AVI file completely visible. If the video still appears blank, try re selecting the clip in order to refresh the video viewer.

Another possible cause of reduced image quality when importing video into Premiere is Frame Blending. Right click on the video and uncheck the Frame Blending option.

I tried the solution, but the video playback is still jerky. I’d struggle to find another good one. In this try, more than one people suggest to convert AVI to a Premiere Pro most compatible format e.g. MPEG-2, which will ensures a perfect AVI importing, playing and editing workflow with Premiere Pro CS5/CS6/CC.

Here is the step-by-step guide on transcocding AVI to MPEG-2 for Premiere Pro CS5/CS6 on Mac OS X with Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac. This video app can help you change AVI into a different format (e.g. .mov, .wmv, .mpg) with least quality loss. You should then be able to import the new file into Premiere with smooth editing without any trouble. If you are Windows users, please get the Video Converter. Below is how to.

Converting AVI files for Adobe Premiere Pro

Step 1: Run AVI to Premiere Converter for Mac and you can import AVI clips to the program through “Add Video” button or “Add from folder” button. If you like, check the “Merge into one” box to join AVI clips together.

Step 2: Choose output format. This video converter offers optimized format preset for Adobe Premiere. Just click “Format” menu firstly and then follow “Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas” to set MPG, MOV or WMV format.

Tip: If the default settings do not fit you requirement, you can click “Settings” icon to and enter “Profile Settings” panel to adjust video size, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channels.

Step 3: Click “Convert” button to start encoding AVI to MPEG-2(.mpg) for Adobe Premiere Pro CS5/CS6 on Mac OS X.

When the AVI to Adobe Premiere Pro conversion task is finished, click “Open” button to get the exported files for transferring to Premiere Pro CS5/CS6 with easy playback or editing.

Additional Tips: This AVI to Premiere Pro Converter not only can help you convert .avi to Adobe, but also enables anyone with AVI files to use in any non-linear editor like Final Cut Pro, iMovie, FCE, Avid Media Composer, etc as long as transcode AVI to a recognizable format.

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