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Re-encode or Rewrap FLV/F4V to Premiere Pro (2017, CC, CS6, CS5, CS4)

Both FLV and F4V are flash video player formats and are specified to store, deliver and stream media contents (both video and audio) for playback from the Internet. As that playback, FLV/F4V is good. But not for editing. In the old versions of Premiere Pro, you maybe can import and export FLV/F4V. But Adobe Premiere Pro CC/CS6 does not support importing FLV files directly into your project, though you can import F4V files directly. When you load the FLV/F4V files in Premiere Pro 2017/CS6/CC, it will say "unsupported compression type".

It's extremely hard to find a solution in Google cause that there are many fake workaround. The only useful workaround to import FLV/F4V to Premiere Pro (2017, CC, CS6, CS5, CS4) is to re-encode or rewrap FLV/F4V to MP4 or other Premiere Pro (2017, CC, CS6, CS5, CS4) supported format video. Below are two ways to help you import FLV/F4V to Premiere Pro (2017, CC, CS6, CS5, CS4). One is to rewrap FLV/F4V to MP4 for Premiere Pro without re-encoding the data. The other is to re-encode FLV/F4V to Premiere Pro (2017, CC, CS6, CS5, CS4) supported DV AVI, MPEG-2, ProRes, MP4 with some A/V parameters changed.

Method 1: Rewrap FLV/F4V to MP4 for Premiere Pro (2017, CC, CS6, CS5, CS4)

VLC can rewrap the FLV/F4V data to Premiere Pro without re-encoding the files. Here are the step-by-step instructions on how to do it in VLC.

1. Open VLC Player (you do not need to open your video file in the player), and go to File -> Convert / Stream

2. Under "Choose Profile", hit "Customize..."

3. Under the "Encapsulation" tab, make sure "MP4/MOV" is selected.

4. Under the "Video codec" tab, Make sure both the "Video" and "Keep original video track" options are selected.

5. Under the "Audio codec" tab, Make sure both the "Audio" and "Keep original audio track" options are selected.

6. Ignore the Subtitles tab and select Apply.

7. Either select "Open media..." and find your .flv file, or drag-and-drop your .flv file to the button.

8. Select "Save as File", select "Browse..." and name the file you're creating.

9. Select "Save", and the new video file should work in Premiere Pro.

This worked for many people when deal with some .flv and .f4v files that weren't working with Premiere Pro. It should also take less time for the video to be written because it's not being encoded again.

Method 2: Re-encode FLV/F4V to Premiere Pro (2017, CC, CS6, CS5, CS4) Supported Video

Pavtube Video Converter for Mac not only can remux FLV/F4V video to AVI, MP4, WMV, etc container without changing anything in the original video source. It also can convert FLV/F4V to Premiere Pro (2017, CC, CS6, CS5, CS4) supported MP4, MOV, DV AVI, MOEG-2, ProRes. It allows users to configure the video and audio encoder, bitrate, frame rate, sample rate, resolution, etc to get the best and most compatible video and audio for Premiere Pro all versions. The installation is as easy as pie. Just click the download button and then choose the path to install it then click next, next, next to finish the process. For Windows users, please use Pavtube Video Converter. Now download the right version below to start to convert FLV/F4V to Premiere Pro 2017, CC, CS6, CS5, CS4.


1. Go to your local folder where you have saved your FLV/F4V files. Directly drag and drop the FLV/F4V files to the program. Batch conversion is supported so that you can add all the FLV/F4V files you want to the program fro multiple conversion.

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2. Click “Format” pull down list to select Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas> MPEG-2(*.mpg) as the best video format for Premiere Pro. WMV, MOV, MP4 formats are the good choice as well. You also can choose DV NTSC AVI video, or DV PAL AVI video in "DV" category.

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The default setting works well. Of course, if you want to customize video and audio encoding settings, just click the "Settings" button to customize these settings. You can adjust the output video/audio resolution, frame rate, bit rate, etc. to customize the output files to get the best quality you want.

3. Finally, hit the "Convert" button at the bottom-right corner of this app to convert FLV/F4V to Adobe Premiere Pro supported formats. A while minute later, the conversion will be finished. And at the moment, you can find the converted files in its output folder. Then, import the output files to your Adobe Premiere for video editing.

How to Export FLV, FLV from Premiere Pro?

Adobe Premiere Pro CC, After Effects CC and Adobe Media Encoder CC do not include exporters for FLV and F4V files, so you cannot export FLV files from these applications. You can export H.264 Blu-ray, H.264, MP4 video and use the Pavtube Video Converter for Windows/Mac to convert the Premiere Pro export to FLV, F4V, SWF for flash video player and internet use.

Further Reading: Check Out the Difference Between FLV and F4V




Description It is a short form for Flash Video. It comprises of encoding materials with codec similar to that of VP6 or Sorenson Spark. It is a recent type of FLV file. Its encoding is based on the ISO media like file format. It is supported by Flash Player 9.
Supported Formats The recent release supports H.264 video as well as AAC audio. The file format gives a better support to AAC and H.264 than FLV under the same situation.
Platform FLV can be viewed on most of the OS through the widely available Adobe Flash Player and browsers. F4V is not readily available on most of the Adobe Flash Player Plugins.
Codec Formats

It supports Sorenson Spark, screen video, ADPCM, nellymoser, linear PCM and VP6 video compression.

It does not support Sorenson Spark, screen video and VP6 video compression.
Functions It is a first video choice to add and download videos to the sites and therefore can help to convert any audio and video format to FLV video and generate an HTML web page as well. It is not fully developed to add and download video to the sites and thus cannot help to convert any audio and video format to FLV video and cannot generate an HTML webpage.
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