Learn how you can bring in video clips, photos, and audio files into Adobe Premiere Rush CC for editing. Also learn about the supported file formats that you can import into Premiere Rush.

You can bring in your video clips, photos, graphics, and audio files that you have stored on your computer or your external drive. You can also bring in media from your Creative Cloud, Dropbox, iCloud Drive, and Google Drive using the Media Browser in Premiere Rush.


If you are trying out Premiere Rush for the first time, you can bring in the sample media packaged with the application to create your first video.

About the Media Browser

Media Browser
Media Browser

A. Local B. Cloud C. Favorites D. Network E. Sort F. Filter G. Sync Option H. Copy Media Option 

The left side panel includes the following main sections:

  • Local: Media is saved on your local computer.
  • Cloud: Media stored in the cloud such as in Creative Cloud, or iCloud.
  • Network (only shown if more drives are mounted to the device): Media stored in network-mounted drives.

The right side displays your content. 

You can use the filters on the lower left to filter and sort your media:

  • Sort: You can sort media by name or date created.
  • Filter: You can filter media by all media, videos only, audio only, or images only.

The Media Browser allows you to quickly and easily find the media you want to use in your Premiere Rush projects. You can preview the media in the media browser before bringing it into a project by clicking the expand preview button under each clip (on desktop) or long/force pressing a clip (on mobile). From there, you can also select a certain portion of that clip if you only need a short snippet of a longer video clip.

Create a project and add media files

When you launch Premiere Rush and start a new project, select and import your media. You can import media on your computer or in the cloud (such as Creative Cloud or iCloud). If you are connected to an office network, you can also import media from a network location.

  1. On the home screen, select Create a New Project.

    You can now add photos, videos, and audio clips saved on your computer, in the cloud, or in a shared network location.

    Add media files
    Add media files
  2. To select media, click it. Select your media in the order you want it to appear on the timeline.

    Premiere Rush marks all the clips in the order you select them and arranges them at the bottom of the screen in a storyboard. It allows you to preview how the media is going to be assembled in the timeline.

    If you are not satisfied with the order of the assets, you can deselect them by clicking them. You can then select your assets again in the order in which you want them to appear.

    When you add media, you can choose to add only a portion of the clip. For more information, see Add portion of clip to existing project.

  3. Select Sync with Creative Cloud if you want your video project to be saved to the cloud so that you can access it across your mobile devices and desktop. All of your edits are synced to the cloud, so you always have the latest version of your project across your devices. Select Copy Media if you want to save a copy of the selected media on your device; it is useful if you are importing media from a detachable device.

    Premiere Rush saves the media in the folder that you specify in the Preferences dialog. By default, the media is stored in Premiere Rush/Imported Media folder.

  4. Click Create.

    After you click Create Premiere Rush automatically adds all of your selected media to a sequence (by default, named Sequence 01), and the project is available for you to start editing in the Edit workspace.

Add media files to existing projects

To add media to your project while editing, click the + icon in the left toolbar, and then select Media. The Media Browser opens on the left of the application. Use the navigation buttons at the top to view folders and select your media. After you have selected all of your media, click Add.

Add media to existing project
Add media to existing project

Premiere Rush adds the media that you have selected into the sequence. They appear in the timeline where the playhead is positioned.

Add portion of clip to existing project

When you add media from the Media Browser, you can choose to add a portion of the clip.

  1. From the Media Browser, select the media that you want to add.

  2. Click the “expand icon” below the thumbnail of the media to open up a larger preview of the clip. Here you can play the clip, and choose the portion you want to add to your project. 

    Add media
    Add media
  3. On the timeline in the Large Preview, you can choose the portion of the clip to add. Once you have selected the portion, click the + icon near the control options to add the selection. You can repeat this procedure on all the clips you want to edit.

    Add selection
    Add selection
  4. Once you have selected all the media, click Add.

Set audio, input/output and rendering preferences

  1. To open the Preferences dialog select Edit > Preferences (Windows) or select Premiere Rush > Preferences (Mac).

    Set preferences in Premiere Rush
    Set preferences in Premiere Rush
  2. To set Media Import preferences, click Choose to change the default location for where your copied media is stored. Navigate to the folder where you want to save your media, and click Choose again. 

  3. If you have multiple audio input and output options for your computer, you can set your input and output audio preferences.

    By default, Premiere Rush uses the built-in output and the built-in microphone for your system.

  4. Select Pre-render sequences for playback if you are having playback or performance issues.

    When this option is selected, Premiere Rush pre-renders parts of your sequence in the background to optimize playback.

  5. To remove all cache files and free up disk space, click Clear Cache option.

  6. Click OK.

Supported video and audio formats for import

Premiere Rush supports several audio and video formats, making your editing workflows compatible with the latest file formats.

Video formats

File format Details
Apple ProRes
Apple video compression format 
DNxHD Supported in native MXF and QuickTime wrappers
GIF Animated GIF
H.264 AVC
Any media that uses H.264 encoding
HEVC (H.265)
H.265 media with resolutions up to 8192x4320
M2T Sony HDV from Sony Handycams
M2TS Blu-ray BDAV MPEG-2 Transport Stream, AVCHD (from Sony Handycams)
M4V MPEG-4 video file
MOV QuickTime format
MP4 QuickTime Movie, XDCAM EX
MTS AVCHD (broadcast format but also used in Canon camcorders)
MXF Media eXchange Format. MXF is a container format that supports
  • P2 Movie: Panasonic OP1b variant of MXF video in AVC-Intra LT and AVC-LongG, Panasonic Op-Atom variant of MXF video in DV, DVCPRO, DVCPRO 50, DVCPRO HD, AVC-Intra
  • Sony XDCAM HD 18/25/35 (4:2:0)
  • Sony XDCAM HD 50 (4:2:2)
  • AVC-LongGOP
  • XAVC Intra
  • XAVC LongGOP
  • IMX 30/40/50

Audio formats

File format Details
WAV Windows Waveform
Audio Interchange File Format
MP3 mp3 audio
MPEG-4 audio (iTunes format)
AAC Advanced Audio Coding

Still image formats

File format Details
GIF Graphics Interchange Format
PNG Portable Network Graphics
PSD Photoshop, flattened when it comes into Premiere Rush
HEIF High Efficiency Image File Format

Native camera formats

Format Details
Premiere Rush provides built-in support for the ARRI AMIRA camera, with appropriate color LUTs applied as master clips on import.
Canon XF

You can work natively with Canon XF and Canon RAW footage, including footage from Canon Cinema EOS C300 and C500 cameras.

Premiere Rush lets you import and edit QuickTime formats natively including Apple ProRes and MOV files that Canon 5D and 7D cameras capture.

Panasonic AVC, P2 cameras

You can  import and edit media from the following cameras/camera codec formats:

  • Panasonic AVC Ultra
  • Panasonic AVCi 200
  • Panasonic AVC Ultra Long GOP (Group of Pictures)
  • Panasonic P2 cameras and across multiple P2 cards
Sony cameras

You can import and edit media from the following cameras directly, without rewrapping or transcoding:

  • Sony XDCAM
  • Sony XDCAM 50
  • Sony XAVC
  • Sony XAVC LongGOP (Group of Pictures)
  • Sony XAVC-S
  • Sony SStP

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