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Is there a good free way to convert iPhone HEVC footage to .mov prores or something similar using a Mac (MacOS 10.12) with Premiere CC 2017? Googling provides lots of unreliable looking apps from companies I haven't heard of. Any good (preferably free) recommendations?

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  • The other question says Windows/Linux, but the top voted applies to macOS as well. – slhck Dec 20 '18 at 14:53
  • Not really. I’m not using windows or Linux. I don’t necessarily need ProRes, just any high quality format suitable for editing on Premiere CC 2017 – tomh Dec 20 '18 at 14:54
  • Please read the first answer of the linked question. – slhck Dec 20 '18 at 14:54

Go with handbrake. It's a free GUI program for performing transcodes. It is even used to benchmark processors and graphics cards.


Install Homebrew.

Open Terminal. Install FFMPEG with extra features by entering the following on a single line:

brew install ffmpeg --with-fdk-aac --with-ffplay --with-freetype --with-libass  --with-libvorbis --with-libvpx --with-opus --with-x26

Wait about 10 minutes for it to install.

From the Terminal, run FFMPEG, using a line like this:

ffmpeg -i input.mov -c:v prores -profile:v 3 -c:a pcm_s16le output.mov

input.mov is the name of your HEVC file. It can also include a full path, but spaces need to be preceded by backslashes “\”

output.mov is an exported ProRes quicktime movie that will play in Premiere

Do process more than one file at a time:

In terminal, go to the directory where your files are.

for i in *.mov; do ffmpeg -i "$i" -c:v prores -profile:v 3 -c:a pcm_s16le "${i%.*}_out.mov"; done

Output files will appear in the same folder appended with “_out.mov”

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