Restore MKV Format Support
Removing MKV Format support has a negative impact on the workflow of people that work with broadcasting software like OBS. Restore MKV support. Having native support for MKVs, even if they don't edit well without generating proxies, saves me a ton of time that I'd otherwise have to spend remuxing/transcoding files.
Can anyone share some .MKV files they would like to import into Premiere Pro ?
Unfortunately OBS produces VFR files so it will be buggy anyway
Aaron Linder commented
I don't need MKV encoding capability, which you never supported (and I never needed!), but please bring back the MKV decoding capability, which had been supported before and is still needed to import the default livestream recording format from OBS in particular into Adobe Premiere.
I haven't had to do an "ingest" step (which is what this forced file conversion is like) since I used a competitor's NLE software a long time ago.
Earth Oliver commented
Vanessa, the good news is that you can use File>Remux in OBS to convert your mkv to mp4 and then they're usable in Premiere. The conversion only takes 1 or 2 seconds.
Vanessa Kelsall commented
100% agree, just recorded a long live session on OBS, absolutely gutted when I discovered that I cant edit or modify my MKV...
Chris Fox commented
please reimplement this functionality, not being able to edit mkv is very irritating
Gabriel Onen commented
Not supporting MKV is frustrating as ****, so why my upgrade?
Julian Pedersen commented
Bring back MKV support. It is key to my work please.
Paul Allen commented
It is insane MKV is no longer supported. And I hear people around the web claiming "it is a niche format". It is NOT niche and is WIDELY used in all sorts of places on the Internet. In fact, I'd say it's probably the most common container for web-downloaded media. Insane. Adding a tremendous amount of added work on the user's end for no clear reason and removing it unannounced. Terrible decision. If there were any application half as good I would already be gone.
For Adobe to just remove it and say "Sorry, you can't have this anymore. We never REALLY supported it" is asinine. Just put it back in. Whatever reason you really removed it probably isn't very good. Use your billions of dollars and fix it.
Sergiu Mihalache commented
I don't Adobe is referring anyone to third-party software, I don't think they care enough. It's other users that try to help each other, Adobe only cares about the money they receive from us.
Frank Davey commented
Adobe referring its users to third-party freeware for a common thing it used to do natively is, well, a bit odd.
And why cost your users extra time?
Right now at Adobe Premiere web page :
"Premiere Pro is the industry-leading video editing software for film, TV, and the web."
"Any camera. Any format. Any platform."
Then you see this:
Which states that no one use MKV which is de facto industry standard for web/live streaming/live capture. And absolutely free format.
So it really seems like marketing, management and development each of them live in different world.
I am not really sure if they really know what they have done.
G Kerrigan commented
Why remove support for something that worked fine as far as I could tell? Seems rather counterproductive... Bring back MKV support please, videos downloaded from the WEB often use this container. Re-encoding or switching containers is impractical and a pain.
Sarah Cook commented
What's wrong with Adobe is to remove older versions. Basically customers pay for a software, and are forced to update and to not be able to continue using previous features;
Anyway, can anyone send me some sample .MKV files you would like to import into Adobe Premiere Pro ? This is important for me
Marc Oliver Copp commented
It seems pretty arrogant to just remove support for a video format that was working in your products for no good reason, whether it was or wasn't used by many. We pay for consistency, and your company has been consistently failing to provide this.
Please bring back support for the MKV file format. It's not rocket science.
So this is what they have said long time ago:
"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."
And you are left speechless.
Tom Wilson commented
Most videos downloaded from the web are in matroska containers. I cannot understand why Adobe don't support this format.
Sergiu Mihalache commented
Use Avidemux and just change the container (mkv to mp4) without re-encoding.
Adobe is probably trying to go the Apple way and eliminate anything open-source because they can't take any fee off open-source software (and they are too greedy to let anything involving their products work without them charging someone - which eventually comes to the end-user, of course - for it).
Andrew B. commented
+1 Just in case it helps anyone else ...
Use VLC to Convert to Profile - VIDEO for YouTube HD
Once the the file saves, rename it using a .mp4 extension.
This has worked for me. I do not change any of the other VLC convert settings, and I am admittedly not needing the highest specs. Native MKV support is needed.