13 Replies Latest reply on Aug 5, 2015 6:40 PM by lydia622520

    Cannot import WMV file (wmv2 standard codec)

    mr.miko Level 1

      All the help files say that Windows Media WMV files can be imported into Premiere Pro CS5, but I have a very standard WMV file using WMV2/WMA2 internal codecs and it will not import into Premiere Pro CS5.  I spent a lot of money on my Adobe products and an expensive program like this should be able to do what it says it can do.  I'm on a Mac but nowhere in the help files does it say that WMV is only supported on a Windows PC.  Also if you respond saying that WMV is a "delivery format" that will not be helpful- Adobe claims to support it for import, regardless.

       

      How can I fix my issue with Windows Media WMV important in my FULL, NON-trial, fully paid, full legal, expensive version of Premiere Pro CS5.  Please feel free to email me via miko@mikosweb.com because I have no idea how I'll find this post after I post it.

        • 1. Re: Cannot import WMV file (wmv2 standard codec)
          Harm Millaard Level 7

          The internal codecs are causing the problem. You need to have something like this:

           

          WMV Gspot.jpg

          • 2. Re: Cannot import WMV file (wmv2 standard codec)
            Todd_Kopriva Level 8
            > All the help files say that Windows Media WMV files can be imported into Premiere Pro CS5, but I have a very standard WMV file using WMV2/WMA2 internal codecs and it will not import into Premiere Pro CS5.  I spent a lot of money on my Adobe products and an expensive program like this should be able to do what it says it can do.  I'm on a Mac but nowhere in the help files does it say that WMV is only supported on a Windows PC. 

             

             

            Here's what it says in "File  formats supported for import" in Premiere Pro CS5 Help, mentionining Windows-only support:

             

            Supported video and animation file formats

            ...

            • WMV (Windows Media Video, Windows only)


            • 3. Re: Cannot import WMV file (wmv2 standard codec)
              the_wine_snob Level 9

              One other consideration can be the WMA Audio, as it can be multi-channel.

               

              Still, with the proper CODEC's installed (do not know if they exist for the Mac), even multi-channel WMA should work fine, as PrPro will usually create Audio Tracks, as they might be needed. If you do have multi-channel WMA, you should get a 5.1 Audio Track created, if none exist in your Sequence.

               

              As a complete aside, I find WMV source material problematic, even on my PC with all necessary CODEC's. In my case, I always convert those files, prior to Import, even though they are supported - just not good media to work with, and very slow to edit, as the program does the internal conversion.

               

              Good luck, and please update the thread, concerning the necessary M$ CODEC's on the Mac. That is what I see as a potential problem area, and just do not know the ultimate answer.

               

              Hunt

              • 4. Re: Cannot import WMV file (wmv2 standard codec)
                mikerana Level 1

                Completely unacceptable, seeing as APP CS5 is available for both platforms.  The Mac version needs to support the WMV format; people spend entirely too much money on these software suites for compatibility.

                • 5. Re: Cannot import WMV file (wmv2 standard codec)
                  Todd_Kopriva Level 8
                  > Completely unacceptable, seeing as APP CS5 is available for both platforms.  The Mac version needs to support the WMV format; people spend entirely too much money on these software suites for compatibility.

                  You can submit a feature request here: http://www.adobe.com/go/wish

                  • 6. Re: Cannot import WMV file (wmv2 standard codec)
                    the_wine_snob Level 9

                    Perhaps before spending the money, one should read the supported file formats, and look to see which platforms that support is for?

                     

                    Hunt

                    • 7. Re: Cannot import WMV file (wmv2 standard codec)
                      mr.miko Level 1

                      Bill, that's a fairly arrogant condescending answer, considering that I only do my video and design work on the Mac.  I had to buy the whole Master Collection for the Mac in order to get upgrade pricing.  Are you suggesting that I pay something like $1500 extra dollars and also buy a new PC, just because Adobe fails to provide basic WMV support, when FREE apps for the Mac can play and convert WMV files?

                      • 8. Re: Cannot import WMV file (wmv2 standard codec)
                        Jim_Simon Level 8

                        I personally suggest not using a Mac.  People doing so is what causes incompatibility issues.

                        • 9. Re: Cannot import WMV file (wmv2 standard codec)
                          the_wine_snob Level 9

                          It was not meant to be anything but useful for future purchases.

                           

                          One should research software, to make sure that it fits their needs, rather than purchase it, and complain that it does not work, as one would have hoped it to.

                           

                          On the other side of the street, there are Mac-only CODEC's, that will not install on the PC. That is something that PC users have been fighting for a fairly long time. It is not Adobe's fault, but a dissimilarity between the platforms. Though they do seem to be getting closer together, there are still some differences between them. When an editor hits those differences, the trick is to find a way around them. Sometimes, for the PC user, it means having a Mac-user Export in a different format. The same holds for the Mac-user. There are many shops that have both platforms, so these types of problems are solved internally.

                           

                          Adobe was aware of these potential problems, and made note of them. This is where it is highly incumbent on the purchaser to inform themselves, and become aware of platform differences. Adobe makes note of the formats/CODEC's that are "Mac only," as well.

                           

                          Todd's suggestion to file a Feature Request is a good one, however, I think the "solution" will be for MS and Apple to get together and work out a way for each platforms' CODEC's to install and be useful on the other. I do not anticipate that Adobe can rewrite all the MS CODEC's for the Mac, and vice versa, but perhaps I am incorrect, and they are doing just that.

                           

                          Good luck,

                           

                          Hunt

                          • 10. Re: Cannot import WMV file (wmv2 standard codec)
                            scottop

                            Since WMV is apparently not supported on the Macintosh, I suggest getting the excellent, free, open sourced program "Handbrake" which converts just about any video format out there. True, you loose a bit in the conversion, but at least you can get work done.

                            http://handbrake.fr/

                            • 11. Re: Cannot import WMV file (wmv2 standard codec)
                              the_wine_snob Level 9

                              Welcome to the forum.

                               

                              I also recommend conversion of WMV material, even if PrPro can Import it. Life will be much easier. Good to know that Handbrake is a good conversion program for the Mac.

                               

                              Thanks,

                               

                              Hunt

                              • 12. Re: Cannot import WMV file (wmv2 standard codec)
                                Jeraiyah Shepperz

                                I hope I can be of some help here. I am running on Mac and have Adobe Premiere Elements 9 (I had 11 on my laptop but when I went to switch computers I lost that free upgrade to 11 :c  ). If you have VLC I found a way you can convert the video for it to work. I tried right clicking the file and click on "Encode Selected file" but that didn't work, then I saw in VLC when playing the video, then pause it, go to File, then to convert/stream. There you should be able to convert the file and save it and let it render.

                                • 13. Re: Cannot import WMV file (wmv2 standard codec)

                                  Adobe Premiere Pro cannot support WMV format o n Mac. As a complete aside, I find WMV source material problematic, even on my PC with all necessary codes, even though they are supported - just not good media to work with, and very slow to edit. To use WMV video in Adobe Premiere Pro smoothly, a good suggestion is to change WMV to Premiere Pro more compatible MPEG-2 file type with a powerful third party problem for maintaining whole audio&video information.