Two ways to Import Canon 5D Mark III mov to Premiere Pro 5.5

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Two ways to Import Canon 5D Mark III mov to Premiere Pro 5.5

Postby vivian68 » Mon Jun 17, 2013 9:02 am

Two ways to Import Canon 5D Mark III mov to Adobe Premiere Pro 5.5

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"We want to import some clips from a new Canon 5D mark iii to Premiere Pro 5.5 on PC; these mov files could be playback well with QuickTime but not with PP 5.5. It always hangs up and we have a reboot the PC.

It's really confusing because we have been succeeded in importing 7D and XDCAM EX footage before. It that a camera thing? Or I did anything wrong? Anyone using mark iii also have this problem? Thanks!


The Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital Camera is a full-frame 22.3MP DSLR featuring exceptional still image and movie recording capabilities which is based on the EOS 7D design. Canon EOS 5D Mark III supports multiple formats, including 1080/30p, 24p, 25p; 720/60p, 50p; 480/30p, 25p. While recording video, a 4GB automatic file partition is employed in order to gain longer continuous recording times, up to 29 minutes 59 seconds. Both All i-frame and IPB compressions are supported as well as the standard H.264/MPEG -4 AVC codec. Embedding the time code is also possible for greater convenience when recording with multiple cameras.

In this case most common video it outputs should be H.264 MOV files. Although these files have the same extension with quicktime mov, they are not in the same codec. Apparently it's a CS5.5 thing because PP 5.5 doesn’t support H.264 codec.

Now, how can we import Canon 5D Mark III footage to Premiere Pro 5.5?

Here are two solutions:

Method 1.

Right click your MOV footage; rename the .mov files with .mpg extension. This "fools" Adobe Premiere Pro into thinking it's a different codec.

It works in this way; however, your footages didn't turn into another codec so that Premiere Pro 5.5 may still does something wrong during editing. And if you didn't do a backup before changing the extension, it really ruins your valuable footage.

Besides, here's another problem: what if you have hundreds of clips to be edited? Rename all of them could be such a pain!

So here comes the second way to let Canon 5D mark iii import to Adobe Premiere Pro 5.5 smoothly.

Method 2.

Come and meet this Canon to Premiere converter (20% off now) which would be a vital part of your workflow. You can order a license directly, or download a trial version here.

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Fast convert Canon 5D Mark III footage to Premiere Pro 5.5 on PC

Step 1. Connect your Canon 5D Mark III to PC with USB cable or use card reader to transfer the MOV files to hard drive disk; do not forget to keep your camcorder on.

Step 2. Add Canon 5D Mark III H.264 MOV footages to Premiere Pro Converter.

Run this Canon 5D Mark III Converter, click the "Add Files" button to load individuals mov videos; or click "Add from folder" to load the entire folder.

Step 3. Choose editing program compatible format.

Click the "Profile" option, you will find various video formats sorted by various programs/devices. For Adobe Premiere Pro 5.5, it should be Adobe Premiere>MPEG-2(*.mpg).



1. Video Converter Ultimate cannot only load Canon H.264 MOV files, but also able to convert various video format to each other; moreover it can rip protected blu-rays so that you can enjoy your collections on different devices.

2. Get more info about converting Canon videos to nonlinear editing programs such as Final Cut Pro.

See also:

Import Canon 5D Mark III MOV to iMovie
Convert 5D Mark III MOV to FCP X
Canon T5i to FCP Converter
Import T2i MOV to FCP X
Transcode T3i MOV to iMovie on Mac
Convert T4i MOV to FCP
Get T4i MOV editable in iMovie
Edit Canon G12 MOV with FCP
Canon 1D and Final Cut Pro

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