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FAQ: What should I do if Premiere Elements 2020 fails to import HEVC media files in Windows 10?

Adobe Employee ,
Feb 28, 2020 Feb 28, 2020

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We have been receiving reports that Premiere Elements 2020 gives an error while trying to import HEVC files on Windows 10 computers.

 

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Follow these solutions to fix the problem:

Solution 1:

Install the HEVC video extension on your computer. Follow this article to download the extension, know the system requirements and other important information to enable HEVC decoding on Windows: https://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-elements/using/hevc-decoding-on-windows.html#HEVCvideoextension

 

If the issue persists, go to Solution 2.

 

Solution 2:

Fix the permissions for the plug-in folder by following the video given below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If these solutions don't work, please contact Adobe support here: https://helpx.adobe.com/contact.html

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Explorer ,
Oct 12, 2020 Oct 12, 2020

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It doesn't work for me either.
I have tried all these steps and others and nothing works for me. I can play the HEVC videos from any player installed on Windows 10 (which proves that the codec works and that the computer is compatible), but I cannot import those same videos into PhotoShop Elements Organizer 2020 nor use them in PhotoShop Elements Premiere 2020.
The computer meets all the requirements and, as I said before, the videos work outside Elements 2020, but not inside it.
Incomprehensible and disappointing.

Thanks

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 12, 2020 Oct 12, 2020

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Hi Sertx,

Are you using PE 2020 or PE 2021?  I don't think it makes a difference, but I'm just curious.  I've been talking to the Adobe team by email and they've only suggested the exact same things as above.  I'm not comfortable with their suggestion of 'remote access' for them to look around on my PC - I'd be worried with any company TBH, but Adobe hasn't had the best record of security, to put it mildly. 

 

Likewise, I can play my HEVC test file on VLC and in the MS Video player, so it's not the codec.  Adobe seem to have my test file working their machine on Intel and Windows 10 Pro.  Mine is on AMD Ryzen 9 3900X and Win 10 Home.  It seems unlikely that's the problem, but it should be checked to rule it out.  What are you running?

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Explorer ,
Oct 12, 2020 Oct 12, 2020

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Hi Lalteryon:

 

I have PE 2020 and it does not work for me from the beginning. The strangest thing is that I got it to work a few minutes after buying it but after rebooting the pc it stops working and I never got it to work again.

I have nvidia and intel graphics cards, an intel i7 processor and 32 gigs of RAM. I can also play the HEVC videos on VNC and on windows media player without any problem.

It is obvious that the problem is Elements.

 

Regards.

 

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 13, 2021 Sep 13, 2021

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I agree I have just ran into this issue when I started using 4k video and I've tried everything they are suggested besides remote access, that's like asking a bank for access to there systems no thank you if you can't explain it to me then as a company you don't know what's going on and that's frustrating considering I've spent money for software that doesn't work. I'm running CPU Intel 11700KF
MOBO Asus strix B560-G
GPU Asus Tuf RTX3080 non OC
PSU Greatwall gold80+ 750w
Ram SK Hynix ddr4 3200 8gbX2
SSD 1tb m.2
HD WD 7200rpm 2tb

I have heard uninstalling and reinstalling works I'm going to try that tonight but for real this is how close action law suites get started.

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 21, 2020 Oct 21, 2020

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I'm done!  After spending almost 2 weeks interacting with Adobe support trying to find a way (including all the suggestions in the video above) that the software will import HEVC files (.mp4) created on a Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and failing in every way, I have uninstalled Premiere Elements 2021. 

Just for the record, the files play beautifully in VNC and in Microsoft Films & TV app with no problems at all.  Oh, and it plays in Adobe Lightroom too!   I'm using a newly-built Windows 10 PC with an AMD Ryzen 9. 

Shame that Adobe can't get its act together, but be aware folks, if you've got this problem, there don't seem to be any simple fixes.

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New Here ,
Dec 13, 2020 Dec 13, 2020

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I'm also having the same issues. I've done all the troubleshooting, bought the HEVC thing from Microsoft, followed youtube vid, uninstall / reinstall, deleted the other HEVC extension I found installed, no luck. Super frustrating, really disappointed. Glad ppl are getting their issues solved, but I've been hitting dead ends for the past days.

 

 

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New Here ,
Dec 17, 2020 Dec 17, 2020

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Hello,

 

Adobe Still have this huge problem with the new adobe Premiere Elements 2021.

They should remove HEVC official Support, because they can't do it well.

Adobe lies about capabilities of product, I'm disapointed 😞

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 20, 2020 Dec 20, 2020

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Try DaVinci Resolve.  They even have a free version.  It's a little different from Premiere, but gets the job done.  There are other NL video editors that don't charge you for suffering their bugs.

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New Here ,
Dec 21, 2020 Dec 21, 2020

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The root cause of my HEVC import trouble is my iPhone 12, iPhone XR 4K 30 videos and iPhone 11 4K 30 videos, both H.265 can be imported. But since I use iPhone 12, I can't import H.265 4K 30 video. Someone have a Idea ? Thanks.

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 21, 2020 Dec 21, 2020

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I'm using a Galaxy S10 and got the same problems. 

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 30, 2020 Dec 30, 2020

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Do you have a permanent solution yet?

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New Here ,
Jan 08, 2021 Jan 08, 2021

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Hi All,

do you have any solution for that issue? I followed the described steps but sill my mov files from my iphone cant be imported.

Does that mean you cant use Elements organizer when you take videos with your Iphone? I quess quite a lot of people are already using and iphone to take videos,

 

Thanks for any support. 

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 08, 2021 Jan 08, 2021

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Nope...none of the steps have worked for me either.   I have a ticket with Adobe and they can't figure it out either...it's moved up a couple of levels and someone is supposed to contact me to see if they can get it to work.  Hopefully they don't just close the ticket.

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 15, 2021 Jan 15, 2021

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Here is the latest update to me from Adobe on 01/15/21

I'm sorry for the inconvenience. This is an ongoing issue reported by many users. We have raised this issue to our engineering team and they are investigating a fix. At the moment, we do not have a workaround, but you will share an update via email.

We do not have an ETA yet. This issue was reported to our engineering team 1-2 days ago. I will send you an email once we have an update.

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New Here ,
Jan 17, 2021 Jan 17, 2021

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Hi there,

 

My partner and I have had this happen two times and along with Adobe’s instructions we deleted cache files as well and it is now working - we are able to import HEVC files.

 

I noticed that once you followed Adobe’s instructions (Solution 2) my current  Adobe Elements project still would not allow me to import a (GoPro) HEVC file, however if I copied that particular GoPro file from my external hard drive (as I normally work from an external hard drive – that’s where I save my raw data/GoPro files) to my C Drive and then import it into a completely new project it could be imported without error.

 

So this told us that there were some cache files to get rid of first – once you try to import (even if you get an error message) or render, for example, cache files are created and they can be the cause of further problems. Even if you have tried Adobe’s solution there are still those lingering cache files from when you got ‘import’ errors so you have to get rid of them.

 

This worked for us so I’m really hoping it works for you guys. Fingers crossed. I’m sorry if it doesn’t though, as I know how terribly frustrating these things can be. It feels like an endless fight against technology ☹

 

Step One: Follow steps outlined in Adobe’s ‘Solution 2’ (how to fix permissions…)

 

Step Two: Restart PC

 

Step Three: Delete (all) Cache Files from the following locations:

 

  1. C:\users\[your user name]\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\SLData\SLCache
  2. C:\users\[your user name]\\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\SLData\SLStore
  3. C:\users\[your user name]\\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Common\Media Cache
  4. C:\users\[your user name]\\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Common\Media Cache Files

 

Note: if you’re unable to delete a cache file (i.e. you receive an error message that it’s currently being used) ensure your project is closed, restart your PC and then try again. This happened to me where a cache file couldn’t be deleted and it happened to be the GoPro file I couldn’t import because of the HEVC import error message. So restarting the computer worked and I was able to then go back in and delete that cache file.

 

Step Four: Restart PC

 

Good luck 

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New Here ,
Jan 17, 2021 Jan 17, 2021

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Hi again,

 

Just thought I'd share another interesting bit of info. Sometimes when I import a GoPro file, for whatever reason it can't be rendered. Once I click the 'Render' button it freezes at the first (1) frame. Other times it freezes at a later frame but it's still the same outcome - it freezes and gets stuck. I must have tried a heap of times but the result is always the same - the program freezes and I have to 'Ctrl + Alt + Delete' and shutdown Adobe Elements. 

And there is nothing wrong with the file as it plays perfectly fine when I play it outside of Adobe Elements.

 

So I actually just copied the file (as in simply selecting the file, right click and then select 'copy') and then I was able to import and render that 'copy' file without any issues. It's so bizarre. Of course I didn't think something that simple would work but it did so it's something to remember.

 

I hope it works for you too

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 17, 2021 Jan 17, 2021

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Thanks...I can import my GoPro videos, but not my iPhone 12 Pro videos

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New Here ,
Jan 20, 2021 Jan 20, 2021

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Hi Oneat001,

I am still in evaluation phase of Adobe Premiere Elements 2021.

I was very disappointed that the first step I wanted to do with this software which is so basic and trivial : importing my MOV file from my Iphone 11 was not possible.  What stuck me the most is to learn from this community that this issue is perfectly known since at least early 2020 (as this post is iniated by Shivangi, an employee in Adobe) but not yet solved !

As long as I don't purchase the license, I am not registered as a customer and so may not discuss this issue with Adobe directly either by mail or by chat.  Sales support by phone in French in my case as I live near France, lead to confession of helplessness by the salesman : "what can I do here in France whereas the supporting engineers are Silicon valley..." was I said !

This must be frustating for those who have bought the license and it is for me as well because I have started to use the software making video editing and I am pleased with the results up to now.  For sure I will go for a license purchase if this issue may be solved one day.  May I ask you to post here your information if ever this happen in the future, thanks in advance ! 

 

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 16, 2021 Feb 16, 2021

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Hi Whata Lion,

Yea, Adobe doesn't fix things, they just make excuses and keep taking everyone's money.  I'll try to remember to post if a solution is found, but I'm guessing we'll have to buy 2022 if it's fixed by then.

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New Here ,
Jun 05, 2021 Jun 05, 2021

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I tell you what. This is a load of crap for Adobe to be having these issues with HEVC. When I first got Premier Elements and started importing GoPro 7 Black video files they worked fine. I went ahead and upgraded from 2020 to 2021 and initially didn't have any issues. All of a sudden I am now having issues. I was able to get them to import into the timeline and start working with them. What I didn't notice is the automatic save was not working. I spent hours working on a project only to have the program freeze at the very end and want to report a crash. I had to force the program to close in Windows 10 only to reload the file and found it only contained the first three video files were present. This is not acceptable at any level since they have had enough time to figure this crap out. If this does the same thing to me twice I am done with Adobe products and will find another video editor to work with in the future. I spent a lot of money on this software for it not to work. This is a real quick way to alienate your software and cause users to move on to something else that is not having issues and encourage other customers / potential customers to avoid their purchases. How they cannot figure out the HEVC problem escapes me since this seems to be the standard everthing is moving toward.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 10, 2021 Jun 10, 2021

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HB82C,

 

You have my sympathy.  But, based on several years participation on this forum, I am convinced that Premiere Elements is reliable.  When issues like yours come up, more often than not, there are hardware problems.  Sometimes it is as simple as a lack of disk space.  Other times it may me memory failures.   

You write that "all if a sudden" you have issues.  The software didn't change.  Please consider looking at other things that may have.

 

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 12, 2021 Feb 12, 2021

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I can import files but when i play then in adobe the GPU goes to 100% and the prgram doesnt respond anymore

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New Here ,
Jul 16, 2021 Jul 16, 2021

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this did not work for me and still could not open windowsapps

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Oct 02, 2021 Oct 02, 2021

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I have been using Premiere elements for several years and different versions. I really like the program, and when it works it is for me the best editing software. But I have had so many times the program just stops importing GoPro HEVC files and every time it takes hours to fix. Now I have had the same problem since summer and cant find a solution because these things Adobe tell you to do does not help. I have no problem at all to work with the exact same files on this computer in Shotcut so for now I have now given up using Premiere. 

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Nov 07, 2021 Nov 07, 2021

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I am having an issue where Premiere will not detect my GPU when I upgraded to Windows 11 and would crash when trying to play HEVC encoded videos. I downgraded by to Windows 10 and I am having the same issues. I updated my NVIDIA drivers but it still will not detect nor play HEVC videos. I have tried the options above and now I am looking for some assistance.

 

Thank you.

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