4 Replies Latest reply on Sep 5, 2013 9:49 AM by gbrmk

    Can I get PE11 to recognise mkv file?


      I just downloaded two copies of the same video.   One is 720p.HDTV.x264-EVOLVE, coming in at 593MB.  It's absolutely brilliant, sharp and crisp-clear, beautiful quality.  The other version is hdtv.x264-2hd, MP4, at 178 MB.


      The latter is good enough, you can watch it, but heavens, you sure notice the detail is lacking, the image noticeably fuzzier.


      I wanted to see if I could import the former into PE11 and output it in a standard format, usual for PE11, only in a smaller file, but find that PE11 only recognises the latter format.  I do actually have software from http://www.any-video-converter.com/ which could certainly do the job, but I don't suppose the result would be any better than the MP4 file aforementioned.


      I've read up a bit about mkv files on wikipedia, but I wondered if PE11 could be made to import it.


      What I really want to do is upload the file to my Dropbox (not You Tube or any of the other similar websites) for some friends to see.   They don't all have large bandwidths however.


      Thanks once more for help



        • 1. Re: Can I get PE11 to recognise mkv file?
          John T Smith Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          I think these are for Premiere Pro, but also apply to Premiere Elements


          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

          • 2. Re: Can I get PE11 to recognise mkv file?
            A.T. Romano Level 7



            Were you supposed to be on vacation?


            I am in the process of writing a reply to your questions of the different file format for your other thread. But, since you were on vacation, I thought that I had more time to put that together. Coming attraction...with video formats you need to make the distinction between when something like mention of .mp4 is referring to the video compression (codec) or to the file extension (the wrapper format for the video and audio compression et al).


            For your immediate questions...


            If I understand correctly the file with the .mkv file extension is 720p (1280 x 720 @ ? progressive frames per second). Let us put that aside unless we want to go into file conversion.


            What is that "hdtv.x264-2hd, MP4"? Probably H.264 (maybe AVCHD which is represented as MPEG4 AVC/H.264), .mp4 extension, frame size (1920 x 1080), and frame rate ? interlaced or progressive?


            Take a look at a Publish+Share/Computer/Windows Media/ for a HD .wmv version.

            Video Compression = Windows Media Video 9

            Audio Compression = Windows Media Audio 10 Professional

            Use the preset = 720 x 480 16x9 29.97 or 720 x 576 25 whatever frame rate is appropriate to gain access to the Advanced Button/Video Tab and Audio Tab where you will customize your export settings for your HD .wmv. Experiment with the bitrate to max the quality without making the file size prohibitive.


            Just a preliminary thought for now.



            • 3. Re: Can I get PE11 to recognise mkv file?
              gbrmk Level 1
              ATR,  I was on holiday some weeks ago, yes but back home since I began work  on editing that video that caused me so much trouble.  (LOL we don't have vacations in the UK, we have holidays!)

              There’s no rush for any results, whatever results you come up with will be useful for my next efforts! 


              Uploaded two screenshots of the the two videos I was talking about, as Windows 7 tells it -- ie, MP4 and MKV
              The "MP4" file plays on VLC and can be imported into PE11.   I converted the MKV file with Any Video Converter Plus, I think to MPEGII (but there 's a wide choice, eg I could have saved it as .avi, and so on, for all sorts of apps and gizmos).  It reduced the file size from nearly 600MB (MKV file) to about (from memory) 270MB, which is fair enough for my purposes.
              For conversions like this, I'm really happy using the Any Video Conv. plus.   Incidentally, you may notice from the screenshots that I've installed a free trial of Power DVD 13 from Cyberlink website (not from the DVD that came with the Blu-ray burner / player).   After all, I might bite the bullet and buy.  But still trying it out.
              • 4. Re: Can I get PE11 to recognise mkv file?
                gbrmk Level 1

                Thanks John for this info.   I probably don't need to go too deeply (apart from pure interest) into any this, now that I've found a way of converting MKV files into smaller file versions (even tho' it would I'm sure be at considerable loss of quality).   I can watch MKV files on my own pc, and if I need to send them, via Dropbox, to others, can convert to something more quickly downloadable for their benefit.


                However I'll keep the links to the info just in case I need them.


                all best