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4K Video Not Working Well on Adobe Premiere Elements Is Perfectly Solved by Two Methods

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Adobe Premiere Elements 2019, released on Oct. 4, 2018, supports for HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding), aka H.265, importing and editing, which had broken down the wall that impedes amateur video editors and novice shutterbugs from editing videos on 4K resolution. However, as I read from Adobe forums, it seems that users' editing experience on 4K video with Adobe Premiere Elements is not good as hell, especially for the 4K long-GOP videos.

"I've been trying to work on my 4K P4P videos on Adobe Premiere Elements and I don't know if I'm doing something wrong or it's just not capable of editing 4K. When I drag something to the timeline it plays very jerky even after rendering. It's very frustrating trying to get things done. I've heard of proxies but I can't find anything about them on Elements. Have I purchased an inadequate piece of software? I hate the idea of a subscription. It's a money grabber as far as I'm concerned and I'm not comfortable with that. So other suggestions of 4K editing software if Elements is not going to 'cut it'? Pun intended!"

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The above-mentioned user's horrendous editing experience represents one typical scenario among all users I read from forums. - "Have I purchased an inadequate piece of software?" - Absolutely no. The problem can be relieved by proxy editing in Adobe Element. - "So other suggestions of 4K editing software if Elements is not going to 'cut it'?" - Definitely yes. Another novice friendly video editing software perfectly working on 4K videos will be recommended. In the next session, I will elaborate with tutorial both the in-Adobe and out-Adobe workaround for your pain-killing on 4K video editing. Keeping reading and dig the two out.

4K Video Plays Jerky after Rendering? Two Possible Factors are to Be Blamed The Key: Possible Factors Are Solved by VideoProc The Recommended Solution

First, let's get started with the out-Adobe fix with a recommended software - VideoProc. VideoProc is one piece of one-stop video maker that endows you with almost every editing feature you call for. Whether you are seeking a video editor, a video converter, or a video compressor, etc., you can find the one in VideoProc. From general to rare format and up to HEVC(4K) are written in VideoProc's Target Format. You will be surprised by and satisfied with its intuitive UX. Download it free(100% clean) and have a go now.

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There are many reasons that your 4K video plays jerky, taking Top 2 possible factors as examples - first, the video is too giant to be imported; second, your imported video codec is incompatible to your software's target format. Believe it or not, both possible factors can be solved within one piece of software - VideoProc. Now, let's analyze how the Top 2 factors can be solved in VideoProc one by one.

#1. The video is too giant to be imported. Most 4K video shot by Phantom 4 Pro (UHD 4K - 4096 x 2160, 60fps) has a fairly large file size, and it easily gets stuck imported unless it can be decoded without a frame loss. In VideoProc, you can not only import one video file at one time, you can throw no matter how many files you’ve got even the whole file folders in it, and VideoProc can decode them quickly but with no jerky. Explicit tutorial.

#2. Your import video codec is incompatible to your software's target format. The Adobe Premiere Elements supported import/export formats include: AVCHD (import only), DV-AVI (import/export on Windows), DVD (Windows only), H.264, HDV, MPEG-1 (import only), MPEG-2, MPEG-4, MP3, QuickTime (limited codecs), Windows Media (Windows only), and many more. (source from adobe tech spec) So, if your source 4K video's format is excluded from the above list, for example, your 4K video has the filename of .WebM, then with no doubt the video plays jerky. In VideoProc, 4K video in HEVC(H.265) or WebM can be imported in one second. Besides, the output format is prepared for you to choose from. Explicit tutorial.

Output Format Selection
Output Format Selection
Fix 4K Playing Jerky by Adobe Premiere Elements' Proxy Editing

We know that Adobe Premiere Elements 2019 can handle 4K footage, although it is overwhelmingly hardware demanding. Without hardware acceleration, the editing process in Elements makes extremely consumption on your computer, thus easily drag your footage to be jerky.

If the general editing process on 4K files is stumbling and crawl, proxy editing, aka offline editing can be your relief cure. What is proxy editing? Simply put it this way: you offline edit your source video footage, make a copy, then you replace your former video file with this copy. By creating a low-quality copy of your raw video footage, descending the format file of your previous video, eg. from 4K to mpeg2, compressing the file size, then the video will not be jerky after rendering. It is feasible apart from much cost paid by hi-res giving up.

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Nicole Moore

Nicole Moore is a self-motivated, creative copywriter with four years of marketing and advertising experience, specializing in video, audio, images, advertisements, news digital content etc. With a partiality for travelling and shooting, Nicole also loves video post-production and is keen on sharing her video processing tips and latest masterpieces to social media.

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