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How to Import AVI to Adobe Premiere Pro/CC/CS6

"When I try to import any video file (e.g. AVI files) in Adobe Premiere Pro cc in my Macbook Air, I get this error: ‘codec missing or unavailable’. What to do about it?"

This problem comes down to codecs. AVI is a container file format that can be encoded with different codecs, including DV codec, DivX, Motion JPEG codec, among others. But Premiere can only deal with some types of AVI files incluidng DV-AVI, and Microsoft AVI (Type 1 and Type 2). So, you'll fail to import AVI files to Premiere Pro/CC/CS6, etc if your AVIs are in codecs that Premiere doesn't support. Don't worry. There are available solutions to sovle the problem. Here they are.

Part I: Install a required codec

Part II: Remove one or more installed codecs

Part III: Convert AVI to Premiere Supported File Formats

Part I: Install a required codec

You can consider to download and install a required codec to playback the unsupported AVI files in Adobe Premiere. For example, if you are playing DivX-encoded AVI clips, you need to install the DivX codec. Usually, codecs are available from codec publishers' websites.

Part II: Remove one or more installed codecs

Sometimes Adobe Premiere is unable to decode video files created with a poorly designed codec installed on your computer. And if the video format contains multiple codecs, Premiere also fails to handle it. So, if this happened to your AVI files, you can try to disable or remove third-party codecs using Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs And Features (Windows Vista).

Part III: Convert AVI to Premiere Supported File Formats

Besides, you can use other software to convert the unsupported AVI to Premiere supported AVI codec or other workable formats. To do the AVI to Premiere conversion, you can turn to Firecoresoft Video Converter. It has optimized preset for Adobe Premiere. Things will be so easy with the help of it. You can even do some simple editing on your files with the built-in editing tools like trimming, cropping, rotating, watermark, etc in the program.

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Import AVI Files

Download and run the AVI to Premiere converter. And then please load source AVI clips to the program. You can add AVI files through "Add Files" button or alternatively directly drag and drop the files.

Thanks to the batch conversion supported mode, you can add several files at one time. And if needed, you are allowed to join them together by checking the "Merge all files" box.

add files


Select Premiere Supported Format

Click "Profile" pull-up list to select the suitable output format from "Premiere". There are "Adobe Premiere AVI", "HD AVI", "MPEG-4", "HD MPEG-4", "WMV", and "HD WMV" available. Next, you can change the output path to locate your converted files if necessary. If needed, you can reset the output parameters including video resolution, frame rate, bit rate, and audio sample rate, channels.

select output format


Convert AVI to Premiere

To start conversion, please click the convert icon in the main interface. When the conversion task is finished, click "Open" button to get the converted files and impor them into Premiere for further editing.


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Version: 2.0.0

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