Import photos, videos, and audio

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

You can bring your video clips, photos, graphics, and audio files from your computer or an external drive right into Premiere Rush and start editing your video project.

Media Browser

Media Browser is the panel in which you can browse, preview, and import various media types in Premiere Rush.

How to open Media Browser

When you create a new project, Media Browser opens automatically. You just need to select the media you would like to add to your project and click Create.

If you want to import media into an existing project, click the  icon in the left toolbar to open Media Browser.

How to browse media in Media Browser

Media browser
Media browser

Callout

Title

Description

A

Local

Displays media saved on your local computer.

B

Cloud

Displays media stored in the cloud such as in Creative Cloud or iCloud

C

Favorites

 

D

Sort

Sort media on name or date of creation

E

Filter

Filter media by all media types, videos only, audio only, or images only

F

Sync with Creative Cloud

Saves your video project to Creative Cloud

G

Copy Media

Saves a copy of the selected media on your device

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 from your computer, a network location, or 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, click Create a New Project.

  2. In Media Browser, browse and select the assets you want to import in the order in which you want them to appear in 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.

    Add media files
    Add media files

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

  3. (Optional) When adding an audio or video clip, you can choose to add only a part of the clip. For more information, see Add part of a clip.  

  4. (Optional) Select the following options:

    • Sync with Creative Cloud: To save your video project to the cloud, select Sync with Creative Cloud. You can then access the project from all your mobile and desktop devices. All of your edits are synced to the cloud, so you always have the latest version of your project on any device.
    • Copy Media: To save a copy of the selected media on your device, select Copy Media. This option 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 box. By default, the media is stored in the Premiere Rush/Imported Media folder. For information about how to change this default location, see Set audio, input, output, and rendering preferences.
  5. 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 an existing project

  1. To add media to your project while editing, click the  icon in the left toolbar and select Your Media

    Add media while editing
    Add media while editing

  2. Browse to find the media you want to add to your project.

  3. Do one of the following:

    • Add the entire clip: Select the clip and click Add.
    • Add part of an audio or video clip: Select the clip and click the Large Preview icon. Play the media and select a range. Then click Add. For more information, see Add part of a clip
  4. Click Add.

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

Add part of a clip

When you add media, you can choose to add only a part of a clip.

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

  2. Click the Expand icon to open a larger preview of the clip. Here you can play the clip and choose the portion you want to add to your project. 

    Open a larger preview of the selected clip
    Open a larger preview of the selected clip

  3. From the timeline, select the portion of the clip you want to add. Click the icon.

    Add the selected part of the clip
    Add the selected part of the clip

  4. After selecting the portion of the clip, click Add.

Import audio

  1. To add media to your project while editing, click the  icon in the left toolbar and select Audio

    Import audio
    Import audio

  2. Browse to find the media you want to add to your project.

    You can quickly search for in-built audio within Premiere Rush using keywords. The results include matching titles, artists, genres and categories.

    Search for audio
    Search for audio

  3. Select the clip and click Add.

 Take advantage of pre-recorded soundtracks, sound effects, and loops that come bundled with Premiere Rush. Click the + icon and select Audio. Then browse to the asset you want and click Add to add it to your timeline.

Set audio, input, output, and rendering preferences

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

    Set preferences
    Set preferences

  2. To change the location where Premiere Rush stores your copied media, click Choose in the Media Import area. 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, 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 these options to improve video playback and rendering performance:

    • Select Pre-render sequences for playback if you are facing playback or performance issues. When this option is selected, Premiere Rush pre-renders parts of your sequence in the background to optimize playback.
    • Select Enable hardware acceleration encoding and decoding to accelerate the encoding performance while exporting the timeline and decoding while playing back the timeline in H.264/AVC and HEVC codecs. This preference is on by default, but you can turn it off if you are facing playback and rendering issues.
  5. To remove all cache files and free up disk space, click Manage Cache.

    In the Manage Cache dialog box that opens, you can choose to:

    • Delete all preview files - <<what does this do?>>
    • Delete cache files for media that can no longer be located - <<what does this do?>>
    • Delete all cache files - Deleting all media cache files deletes all cache files from the current location. Deleted cache files are recreated automatically whenever source media requires them. To remove all media cache files, restart Premiere Rush and select this option before opening any project.
  6. Click OK.

Supported file formats for import

Premiere Rush supports several audio and video formats, enabling you to bring media from a large variety of devices for editing in Premiere Rush.

Video formats

File format Details
Apple ProRes
Apple video compression format 
DNxHD Supported in native MXF and QuickTime wrappers
DNxHR DNxHR LB, DNxHR SQ, DNxHR TR, DNxHR HQ, and DNxHR HQX
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
  • XDCAM EX
webP Modern image format that provides lossless and lossy compression for images on the web

Audio formats

File format

Details

WAV

Windows Waveform

AIFF, AIF 

Audio Interchange File Format

MP3

mp3 audio

M4A

MPEG-4 audio (iTunes format)

AAC

Advanced Audio Coding

Still image formats

File format

Details

BMP, DIB, RLE

Bitmap

GIF

Graphics Interchange Format

JPEG

JPE, JPG, JFIF

PNG

Portable Network Graphics

PSD

Photoshop image format, flattened when it opens in Premiere Rush

HEIF

High Efficiency Image File Format

webP

Animated webP

Native camera formats

Format

Details

ARRI AMIRA camera

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 natively import and edit QuickTime formats, 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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