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You can't do that. You'll have to convert it into a different format first. If you search the forum you'll find several discussions about MKV files and Premiere Pro.
MKV is NOT supported http://forums.adobe.com/thread/384783
-and more http://forums.adobe.com/thread/896103
-and a possible solution http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1175096
Premiere Pro CS6 doesn't support MKV formats. To import MKV to Premiere Pro CS6, a recommended solution is to convert MKV to AVI.
I've been reading so many different forums on how to convert MKV to AVI. Finally, I summarised three solutions:
First one: HandBrake . This tool is a free and open-source multi-threaded transcoding app. It supports nearly any videos including MKV format and has Mac version and Windows version.
1. HandBrake is too professional to handle for most people;
2. It doesn't support MOV as output format.
Second one: there are many third party software which supports converting MKV to AVI. I just test one of them. It's professional yet easy to use and the service is excellent. And there is a step by step guide about how to use this tool .
1. Most of them are not free.
Third one: Online-Converter . This kind of converter does a great job on file conversion.
1. Like most online converters, the free version of this tool only allows you to convert videos smaller than 100MB. It's too small for video conversion;
2.Your MKV video should be upload to the internet to be converted. This means the risk of pravite information leak is possible.
Darn! So let me make sure i get this... adobe supports AVI from... like the early 90s but doesnt support mkv which is .. newer and superior? Ugh. I HATE having to have multiple pieces of software to do the same thing installed
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due to an antiquated agreement between Adobe and Apple, its very difficult for Adobe to incorporate new technology. Its an embarrassing limitation that they dont like to talk about, plus its financially beneficial to them. Its especially true for open source and trending standards. So even though every expert and professional knows that mkv and h264 (now h265) are the best containers and compressive formats available, Adobre *still* wont be able to provide them. If you look closely Adobe is always 2 standards behind.
So if you use Premeire Pro you better get use to using a long list of other tools as well.
PS. Handbrake is *not* difficult - just use the defaults.
Update: Convert mkv to mp4 quickly.
Use VLC, run it, click Media->Convert, add the source, click Save, choose destination, Start.
If you click Settings by Profile, you can tell VLC to "Keep original video" and "keep original audio" = conversion of 2hr movie takes 5 seconds !!
thanks for the vlc tip!
Just convert MKV to a Premiere natively supported formats like MPEG-2. Some video converters like Brorsoft, Pavtube provide presets for Premiere.
I just find another easy method to import MKV to Premire from MKV Premiere Pro - How to Import MKV to Premiere Pro CC/CS6/CS5/CS4?
Just give it a try and find it does work.
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Thanks for the editing 'mod' - its now crystal clear. not.
I second using OBS to remux to mp4, super easy and only takes a couple seconds to convert the entire file compared to re-encoding it. It also preserves multiple audio tracks during the remux process.