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Photoshop doesn't support MKV

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 27, 2022 Sep 27, 2022

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Unbelievable. Get MKV support into Photoshop, please.

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Community Expert ,
Sep 27, 2022 Sep 27, 2022

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Can you please specify what MKV support is so other users know.

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Community Expert ,
Sep 28, 2022 Sep 28, 2022

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Hi!
Yes, would you need import, export?

 

@Jeff Arola it is a container file format for video, like MOV, MP4. It is mostly used for pirated movies, but also when one rips their DVDs/Blue-Rays to be stored on their NAS...

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Explorer ,
Oct 22, 2022 Oct 22, 2022

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@PECourtejoie That paints a pretty ugly picture of MKV. In actuality, it is a common recording method using tools like OBS Studio. It is also a more tightly compressed video format, and is most useful during recording because it writes immediately, so should something crash, you don't lose the entire file. Adobe supported MKV for years, then it disappeared. It has been requested for more than 2 years that I'm aware of. Most if not all players/converters, VLC for example support MKV, but why does Adobe insist we add steps to an already arduous task. A 2 hour video can take upwards of 1+ hours to convert from MKV to MP4.

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 23, 2022 Oct 23, 2022

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Yes, that's exactly what I want to use it for. Streaming and content
creation with OBS is huge. The fact that it's been years of requesting a
feature for a workflow that has exploded in growth and we're STILL not
getting it after Adobe promised that a subscription model would bring more
updates is inexcusable.

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Community Expert ,
Oct 23, 2022 Oct 23, 2022

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Thank you for the information, I was not aware of that excellent case!

as I said, there are also legitimate use cases for MKV.

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Engaged ,
Oct 23, 2022 Oct 23, 2022

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Davinci does not support it either, cause it is bad, it cannot even preserve 24/1.001 frame rate.

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Community Expert ,
Oct 23, 2022 Oct 23, 2022

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Given that Adobe dropped support for that format from their video editor (Premiere Pro) in 2019, I would not hold my breath for support in their image editor (Photoshop) which has limited video functionality.

https://community.adobe.com/t5/premiere-pro-discussions/premiere-pro-cc-doesn-t-support-mkv-anymore/...

 

Dave

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Community Expert ,
Oct 23, 2022 Oct 23, 2022

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I thought I had posted this earlier, but I don't see it. This is the Adobe Blog post from Eric Philpott in 2019:

https://blog.adobe.com/en/publish/2019/05/03/changes-to-mkv-format-support-in-premiere-pro-and-adobe...

 

"We wanted to let you know that we will be removing support for the MKV file format in the next updates of Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe Media Encoder.

 

"Our previous MKV file format was limited to decoding for playback. We have never offered support for encoding MKV, and overall usage of this format has been very low.

 

"Users who need access to MKV files can consider third-party utilities. For rendering out video content for online platforms we encourage our users to take advantage of existing output options, such as H.264 and HEVC formats, which are widely used and supported."

 

Jane

 

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Engaged ,
Oct 23, 2022 Oct 23, 2022

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Literally does not understand that mkv is not a format, it is a container, and has nothing to do with hevc or avc.

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Community Beginner ,
Nov 02, 2022 Nov 02, 2022

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That's what I want to do. If you let me decode MKV in adobe software, edit
it, and output an MP4, thousands of Adobe-using content creators would be
very happy. Not nearly as many people may be outputting MKV at the end, but
I assure you a great number of them are recording their videos in MKV from
OBS and would like to use Adobe software to edit them. Unless you'd rather
have people continue to use alternative software, then by all means, do not
add MKV support back in. 😐

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Explorer ,
Nov 20, 2022 Nov 20, 2022

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Sorry, while it's nice to be appreciated, my answer was in NO WAY the correct answer. I was simply clarifying the nature of the MKV "Container". All we are asking is for Adobe to provide the ability to ingest an MKV video into the project and we'll take it from there.

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Guide ,
Nov 20, 2022 Nov 20, 2022

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@ZBalling Actually, Davinci Resolve 18 indeed DOES support MKV files. It was one of my pet peeves in previous versions, because I record tutorials with OBS, and I had to transcode those for use in Resolve.

Much to my (pleasant) surprise when I upgraded to V18 I could just drag and drop those into my new projects. 

It saves me a lot of time. The MKV files are good enough for the purpose they serve.

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Nov 21, 2022 Nov 21, 2022

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Indeed, I "demoted" your previous answer from a best to a regular answer.

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