3 Replies Latest reply on Oct 12, 2013 7:07 AM by the_wine_snob

    Does Pre7 support BWF wave files?

    Photoscout Level 1

      I understand a little about BWF files, but I was looking at purchasing a recorder that only records to BWF format. I was wondering if Premiere Elements 7 supports BWF files or will I need to work the files in another software program before Pre can use it.

        • 1. Re: Does Pre7 support BWF wave files?
          Paul_LS Level 4

          PE7 will not import BWF files. However try renaming the extension to .wav and see if it imports them. Otherwise you will need a BWF to WAV converter.

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          • 2. Re: Does Pre7 support BWF wave files?



            BWF, short from Broadcast Wave Format, is an extension of the popular Microsoft WAVE audio format. BWF is the recording format of most file-based non-linear digital recorders used for motion picture, radio and television production. BWF is a WAV audio format to a certain degree. The only difference between a BWF and a "normal" WAV is the extended information in the file header (Bext-Chunk, Coding-History, etc...), which also limits the compatibility of BWF files. BWF is incompatible with Mac computers, most media players, portable devices or editing software.


            To get rid of the file compatibility limitation, a recommended way is to convert BWF to WAV,WMA,MP3 and so on.


            Recommend Bigasoft Audio Converter. This converter can solve the issue for you.

            • 3. Re: Does Pre7 support BWF wave files?
              the_wine_snob Level 9

              For any Audio conversion, I strongly recommend the output to PCM/WAV @ 48KHz 16-bit, as that will NOT introduce any compression (loss in fidelity), and will Import perfectly into all versions of Adobe Premiere.


              There can be some reasons to use WMA, but I see that as an output format, where one needs to get multi-channel Audio (say DD 5.1 SS) into one file. I use that to output a file, to be used in Adobe Audition, and then the Minnetonka SurCode DTS Encoder, for inclusion into a DVD. Note: in that situation, the resultant DTS file will have to be a "supplemental Audio Stream," as the DVD-Video specs. do not allow for it as a "primary Audio Stream." For DVD-Video, the only allowed primary Audio Streams are PCM/WAV, or DD AC3, for NTSC, with the addition of MPEG-Audio for PAL, but that is falling out of favor.