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Import and Edit M4V in Premiere Pro (CC, CS6, CS5, CS4)

Files with .m4v extension are not often to see in our daily life. Therefore, many NLE software like Premiere Pro (CC, CS6, CS5, CS4) doesn't add all m4v video supporting for importing and editing. If you have a Keynote originated .m4v file that you want to put into Premiere Pro (CC, CS6, CS5, CS4) for editing, when you use media browser to find the file, you won't find it and the m4v file doesn't show up.

You can have a look at Adobe "Premiere Pro Help/Supported file formats". Here is the link to it: http://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-pro/using/supported-file-formats.html where you only find MPEG-4 m4v video. However, M4V is a video container which can contain various video codec. What means you better should convert your m4v files to Premiere Pro supported MPEG-4 codec media format with some video converters.

Best Tool to Convert M4V to Premiere Pro (CC, CS6, CS5, CS4)

Among the many tools you can use, Pavtube Video Converter for Mac (Windows) is an application that gets along pretty well with all m4v files and convert M4V files to virtually all types of video files out there including Premiere Pro (CC, CS6, CS5, CS4) supported MPEG-4 M4V, H.264, MP4, MOV, etc. Video encoder, bitrate, frame rate and audio codec, bitrate, channel can be configured to make the export video compatible with Premiere Pro (CC, CS6, CS5, CS4) in codec, format and bitrate aspects.

Another feature that we recommend this video converter to help you convert m4v to Premiere Pro is that you can trim, crop, add subtitle, replace audio, etc before you output PrPro supported video. The installation will be easy and 100% clean. You can know the the meaning of the each button on the main interface and learn how to go on the next step even though you are not good at computer operating.

Getting Started to Convert All M4V Video to Premiere Pro (CC, CS6, CS5, CS4)

Step 1. Load M4V files

Here you can directly drag & drop the M4V files to the converter, or click “Add Video” or “Add from folder” button on the top menu to browse and choose M4V files. Besides M4V. Pavtube Video Converter for Mac also can convert H.265/HEVC, AVI, H.264 video to Premiere Pro accepted video. 

Step 2. Choose the preset output format 

If you have an old computer, you can directly use the program to output Premiere Pro CC specially optimized editing format "MPEG-2(*.mpg)" under "Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas..." main category.

Output PPC optimized editing format

If your computer can perfectly handle high resolution video, you can select one of PPC compatible format such as Prores from "Final Cut Pro" > "Apple Prores 422(*.mov)" or "Apple Prores 422(HQ)(*.mov)".

Output Apple Prores format

Step 3. Start converting M4V files.

Click the big “Convert” button in the main UI to begin the M4V to MPEG-2 or ProRes for Premiere Pro conversion. You can see your converted videos by clicking “Open” button.  Now, you should import  converted M4V/HEVC footage in Premiere Pro all versions without any problem to edit.

Note: Pavtube Video Converter for Mac can't decrypt and convert iTunes M4V files to Premiere Pro (CC, CS6, CS5, CS4). If you have some iTunes M4V files and want to import to Premiere Pro (CC, CS6, CS5, CS4), you can use Pavtube ChewTune to remove iTunes DRM protection and convert M4V to MPEG-2 for Premiere Pro.

How to Export M4V from Premiere Pro?

If you need to export Premiere movie sequences into the .m4v format, you are able to choose the H.264 Blu-ray which is the only setting that will provide the .m4v format.

But once the export is done Premiere Pro CC has produced 4 files:

Or you can change Format from "H.264 Bluray" to "H.264" and uncheck "Export audio" and the resulting file will be a .m4v. If you check the audio, the output will be MP4 format cause as far as Premiere is concerned, m4v is video only.

You also can simply export MP4 from Premiere Pro, then use Pavtube Video Converter for Mac and Windows to convert the Premiere Pro MP4 export to M4V format. This way will be much easier.

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