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How to Edit ProRes 422 MOV in Premiere Pro CC?

ProRes has gained in popularity as an intermediate codec. All Apple ProRes codecs support any frame size (including SD, HD, 2K, 4K, and 5K) at full resolution. The data rates vary based on codec type, image content, frame size, and frame rate. Apple ProRes includes the following formats: Apple ProRes 4444 XQ, Apple ProRes 4444, Apple ProRes 422 HQ, Apple ProRes 422, Apple ProRes 422 LT and Apple ProRes 422 Proxy. Have some ProRes 422 MOV files and want to edit them in Premiere Pro CC? While this seems like a no-brainer it's a misconception that I've found with quite a few inexperienced video producers and filmmakers:

Can I edit ProRes 422 MOV in Premiere Pro CC? I know Premiere Pro accepts QuickTime MOV, but I failed to import ProRes 422 MOV to edit.

Why Premiere Pro CC won't Import ProRes 422 MOV Files?

Adobe Premiere Pro did announce to import MOV, but not all MOV files can be imported to it. From its official website, Adobe Premiere Pro supports several audio and video formats, making your post-production workflows compatible with the latest broadcast formats.

Format Details (Not all QuickTime codecs are supported by default. Some codecs require third party components.)
3GP, 3G2 (.3gp) Multimedia container format
AAC  Advanced Audio Coding
AIFF, AIF  Audio Interchange File Format
Apple ProRes  Apple video compression format 
ASF   NetShow (Windows only)
ASND Adobe Sound Document
AVC-Infra Panasonic codec
AVI (.avi) DV-AVI, Microsoft AVI Type 1 and Type 2
BWF Broadcast WAVE format
DNxHD Supported in native MXF and QuickTime wrappers
DV  Raw DV stream, a QuickTime format
GIF  Animated GIF
H.264 AVC Various media that use H.264 encoding
HEVC (H.265) H.265 media with resolutions up to 8192x4320
M1V MPEG-1 Video File
M2T Sony HDV
M2TS Blu-ray BDAV MPEG-2 Transport Stream, AVCHD
M2V   DVD-compliant MPEG-2
M4A MPEG-4 audio
M4V MPEG-4 video file
MOV   QuickTime format
MP3 MP3 audio
MP4 QuickTime Movie, XDCAM EX
MXF Media eXchange Format. MXF is a container format that supports
  • P2 Movie: Panasonic OP1b variant of MXF video in AVC-Intra LT and AVC-LongG, Panasonic Op-Atom variant of MXF video in DV, DVCPRO, DVCPRO 50, DVCPRO HD, AVC-Intra
  • Sony XDCAM HD 18/25/35 (4:2:0)
  • Sony XDCAM HD 50 (4:2:2)
  • AVC-LongGOP
  • XAVC Intra
  • XAVC LongGOP
  • JPEG2000
  • IMX 30/40/50
Native MJPEGs 1DC
OMF Audio Project Format
OpenEXR Files in .EXR, .MXR, and .SXR formats
VOB Container format in DVD media
WAV Windows Waveform
WMV Windows Media, Windows only

The media formats listed below are supported for directly importing and editing with Premiere Pro CC:

ARRI AMIRA camera: Premiere Pro provides built-in support for the ARRI AMIRA camera, with appropriate color LUTs applied as master clips on import.

Canon XF, Canon RAW: You can work natively with Canon XF and Canon RAW footage, including footage from Canon Cinema EOS C300 and C500 cameras. Premiere Pro lets you import and edit QuickTime formats natively including Apple ProRes and MOV files that Canon 5D and 7D cameras capture. You can clip metadata without any transcoding, rewrapping, or logging and transferring required.

CinemaDNG: Premiere Pro lets you import and edit uncompressed CinemaDNG media from the following cameras: Blackmagic Cinema Camera, Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, Convergent Design Odyssey7Q.

Panasonic AVC, P2 cameras: You can native import and edit media from the following cameras/camera codec formats: Panasonic AVC Ultra, Panasonic AVCi 200, Panasonic AVC Ultra Long GOP (Group of Pictures), Panasonic P2 cameras and across multiple P2 cards

Phantom Cine media: You can natively import and edit Phantom Cine media shot on Vision Research Phantom cameras.

RED support: Premiere Pro CC supports working natively with RED Digital Cinema (R3D) footage from the following cameras & codec formats: Color Science like REDcolor2, REDgamma2, and REDlogFilm, RED ONE, RED EPIC, RED Scarlet-X cameras with support for RED Rocket, Red Dragon including RED Dragon 6K

Sony cameras: You can import and edit media from the following cameras directly, without rewrapping or transcoding: Sony XDCAM, Sony XDCAM 50, Sony XAVC, Sony XAVC LongGOP (Group of Pictures), Sony XAVC-S, Sony SStP, Sony RAW (F65, F55, F5, FS700 cameras)  

How to Successfully Import ProRes 422 MOV to Premiere Pro CC for editing?

In order to successfully import ProRes 422 MOV to edit in Premiere Pro CC, a recommended solution is to convert or change the source file to Adobe Premiere Pro CC optimized MPEG-2.

To be honest, it's not as hard as you imagine, what you need is just a video converter like Pavtube Video Converter for Mac. After downloading and installing the gorgeous video converter gadget, you can effortlessly transcode any unsupported video files to Adobe Premiere Pro CC friendly video format while keeping the excellent video/audio quality.

More than that, it also supports fast converting any popular video formats to seamlessly suit for Avid Media Composer, Final Cut Pro, iMovie, etc to satisfy your diverse editing demands. Now don't hesitate to download it and follow the step-by-step guide to transcode ProRes 422 MOV for editing in Premiere Pro CC smoothly. The program even has the advanced editing options to lets you fine-tune the final look of your movie. It also has its equivalent version for Windows users - Pavtube Video Converter to convert ProRes 422 MOV on Windows.

Transcode and import ProRes 422 MOV to Adobe Premiere Pro CC

Step 1: Add ProRes 422 MOV video files to the program

Click the "Load files" or "Add video" icon to transfer ProRes 422 MOV files to the program.

Step 2: Output Premiere Pro CC optimized format

Click "Format" bar, from its drop-down list, select "Adobe Premiere Pro/Son..." > "MPEG-2 (*.mpg)" to output for editing with Premiere Pro CC.

Select output file format

Step 3: Start ProRes 422 MOV to Premiere Pro CC conversion

Go back to the main UI, click the "Convert" button under the video preview window to start the conversion process.

When the conversion is over, transfer the converted files in the destination that you have specified before to your local computer, then feel free to import converted ProRes 422 MOV to Adobe Premiere Pro CC to begin your great editing works.

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