Can't import AVI files to Adobe Premiere Pro due to Codec Missing? 2 Solutions.

"Just installed Premiere Pro CS6(PC)on a new machine.I can see and play the AVI files in bridge but when I try to import it says there's a file issue and won't import. Are these files I need to convert to a different format or do I need to add a specific codec to the new machine?"

"How do I fix this? I can't open the file in quicktime to at least watch the video and when I import it into Premiere, I get the error message that's saying the codec is missing."

"an issue that's really annoying and bothers me a lot: Due to a new system setup I reinstalled Adobe Premiere and now I'm no longer able to import AVI files in Premiere anymore. These files contain screen recordings. This also means a loss of already done work for me."

AVI file format seems one of Adobe Premiere Pro supported navtive video formats for import. But the weird thing is that Adobe Premiere Pro sometimes will reject to import some AVI files. The error message goes like, "File format not supported", "Unsupported format or damaged file", "Codec missing or unavailable". Or Premiere Pro only imports audio from AVI files for you. You can only add the AVI video to the timeline of Premiere Pro as an audio track, instead of a video track. Just sound, no video.

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Why can't your AVI video files be imported into Adobe Premiere Pro?

Possible reason 1: Your AVI files are corrupted. You can check whether your AVI file can be recognized and played properly using other programs. If not, repair it using a professional video repair tool.

Possible reason 2: Broadly speaking, the major cause is that some required codec is missing so that the file format is not supported. For example, after you update to the newest version, some codec is missing. In this case, you can use Mediainfo to check the information (mainly take a look at video and Audio codec) in your AVI file and then google search to find and install the require codec to fix the problem. If you cannot find a suitable codec, transocding AVI file is the the most effective yet easiest solution recommended by us.

Analysis: Adobe Premiere Pro support AVI files, but AVI is a multimedia container format which contains various types of data encoded using one of several different codecs. A MOV file can use DivX, XviD, NewTek SHQ3 (4:2:2:4) codec, MPEG-4 AVC, MPEG-2, DV, VP8, VP9, or other video codec for compression. To import AVI files successfully, Adobe Premiere Pro needs to be compatible with the specific codecs used in the AVI files. If not, you'll experience AVI importing error. Next, let me show you how to fix "can't import AVI to Adobe Premiere Pro" problem caused by incompatible codec.

Solution 1: Install Required Codec to Fix Can't Import AVI to Premiere Error

If the reason that your Premiere Pro can't read your AVI files is that required codec isn't installed on your laptop, you can intall the codec on it by determing what codec was used to encode the AVI video. For example, if you find out that the your AVI has a NewTek SHQ3 (4:2:2:4) codec, you are able to find the codec from Updates and Downloadsunder the section called Codecs and Utilities, install it, reboot, and boom. Then, the AVI files will be imported perfectly into Premiere Pro.

Solution 2: Transcode AVI to Premiere supported MOV H264, MP4, ProRes...

- 100% Working Solution to Fix "Can't Import AVI File to Premiere" Error

Transcoding should be a very helpful method. If you have Adobe Media Encoder, you can use it to conduct video conversion. If you don't have that tool or can't manage to convert problematic AVI files to desired format with Media Encoder, you might as well try an easier-to-use yet powerful video converter and decoder - EaseFab Video Converter (available for both Windows and Mac users). It is able to work with various AVI files, no matter what codecs are wrapped in and no matter what devices record. To solve the AVI or other incompatible issues, you're suggested to download and install EaseFab Video Converter on your PC or Mac computer first.


EaseFab Video Converter - The One-click Way to Convert Videos for Adobe Premiere and more.

• Accepts nearly all types of videos, regardless of video formats, codecs and resolutions.
• Transode or pass-through media files to that natively supported by Adobe Premiere Pro.
• Easy editing experience: cut, crop, merge, add effects/watermark, add subtitles...
• Completes video conversion and processing in three steps.

Tutorial: How to Decode AVI to Premiere Supported Codec/Format?

The below guide takes Video Converter for Windows screenshots for example.

Step 1. Download and launch EaseFab Video Converter on Windows PC or Mac. Click Add Video to import your AVI video. Dragging and droppping works too. (Note: batch conversion is supported, so you can several mov videos to the program to convert at a time.)

Import AVI Video File(s)

Step 2. Click the Profile bar at the bottom. Choose a format preset that Premiere Pro can support. And MOV (encoded by H264) from Editing Software category is recommended since the output MOV H.264 files can preserve image quality with the smallest file size. You can also choose MPEG-2 or WMV as the output file.

If you want to preserve the highest image quality, you can also select Final Cut Pro (Apple ProRes 422 encoded MOV file) as the output. The Apple ProRes files can make your editing process simpler and less resource-intensive but it typically need ten times as much storage.

H.264 MOV or ProRes for Premiere Pro

Editor's Note: H.264 is really optimized to be a delivery codec while ProRes is optimized to be an editing codec. That said, if you just need to do a simple edit and your computer has the power to edit H.264 you can get away with it no problem, but if you plan to do a heavy edit with lots of transitions and effects and color grading you will be best served by ProRes.

Step 3. Hit Convert and it will begin fast video decoding, conversion and processing your AVI video at one go.

After the conversion is complete, get the resulted files via clicking the Open button and then you can import the result files to Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2020 or lower version without any trouble.

Final Words:

The major cause that Adobe Premiere Pro CC fails to import AVI files is that some required codec is missing and the file format is not supported. Therefore, transocding AVI file using EaseFab Video Converter is the the most effective yet easiest solution recommended by us.

Besides converting videos, EaseFab Video Converter is also able to perform some video editing tasks, including cutting, trimming, merging, adding special effects, and more. The operation is really beginner-friendly.