YouTube is now the biggest video community in the entire world. Billions of people are viewing, uploading and subscribing YouTube every day. One of the reasons for YouTube being so popular is that you can find literally everything on YouTube. It doesn’t matter if you are a sport fan, TV fan or if you enjoy cooking or makeup tutorials, you can find just the videos you like with a click of your mouse. Furthermore, with various YouTube download tools and services, you can even download your favorite YouTube videos in just minutes, and then edit in Adobe Premiere Pro. However, if you have ever tried to add a YouTube video to Adobe Premiere Pro, you may have noticed that sometimes you can’t add a YouTube video to Premiere Pro. How does this happen? How to add a YouTube video to Adobe Premiere Pro without failure? Well, sit back and relax, because today we are going to talk this through, and give you a full understanding why this happens and how to add a YouTube video to Adobe Premiere Pro with ease.

Part 1: Why Can't You Add a YouTube Video to Adobe Premiere Pro?

First thing first. Let’s talk about the reason why you can’t add a YouTube video to Adobe Premiere Pro.

As you may already know, Adobe Premiere Pro is a very powerful video processing program that can deal with various kind of video files. The video formats Premiere Pro supports include 3GP, 3G2, AVI, DV, MP4, M2TS, M2V and so on. Although it supports almost all of the popular video formats, there are still some video formats that cannot be recognized and processed by Adobe Premiere Pro. So, when trying to add this kind of videos to Adobe Premiere Pro, you will encounter an import error.


On the other side, with so many different YouTube downloading services on the Internet now, it’s hard to ensure that the YouTube video you download is in a format that is also supported by Adobe Premiere Pro. So, when your YouTube video is in one of the formats that are not supported by Adobe Premiere Pro, you will have problem trying to add YouTube to Premiere Pro.

Another possibility is that the size of your video being incompatible with Adobe Premiere Pro. The maximum frame size to import still images and movies is 256 megapixels, and the maximum dimension of it is 32,768 pixels in either direction. So, if you import a video in a resolution of 16,000×16,000, you’d be all good, but if you import a video in a resolution of 32,000×8,000 or above, you will fail as the size is too big.

Now that we understand it’s all about the video formats and specs, let’s talk about how to add YouTube to Premiere Pro smoothly without errors.

Part 2: How to Add a YouTube Video to Adobe Premiere with Video Converter

Since all of the problems are caused by the video format and specs, all we need to do before trying to add YouTube to Premiere Pro is convert the incompatible format into a format that is supported by Adobe Premiere Pro. But how to do that?

Well, here are some really nice video converting programs available that can help you do the job. Next I will firstly introduce the programs to you, and then pick a video converter I like the most to give a step-to-step guide on how to add a YouTube video to Adobe Premiere Pro.

Video Converters to convert YouTube to Premiere Pro

Leawo Video Converter
The first video converter program that I’m going to introduce here is an all-inclusive video converter called Leawo Video Converter. Leawo Video Converter can convert videos between more than 180 formats to each other and retain the original video quality at the same time. Besides a fast, efficient converting function, Leawo Video Converter also features various advanced editing operations including trimming, cropping, adding watermark, adding 3D effects and removing noise. With Leawo Video Converter, you can not only convert your downloaded YouTube video to a format supported by Adobe Premiere Pro, but also do some pre-editing to the video with ease. Among all the video converter programs here, Leawo Video Converter is the one that I would recommend the most.


AVS Video Converter
AVS Video Converter is another video converter that may be useful when you need to convert YouTube to adobe Premiere Pro. The program is light-weighted and support speeding up conversion with GPU. However, the input and output video formats are limited comparing to Leawo Video Converter, and the user interface is kind of complicated. Although there are some advanced settings available in this program, they don’t help much because in most cases you just need to keep those advanced parameters default, and on the other side some core functions like converting 2D videos to 3D are not supported. So all of the settings and parameters basically only increase the difficulty of this program, especially when you are only using it to convert a YouTube video to Premiere Pro.


Online Video Converter
As the name suggests, Online Video Converter is a tool that can help you convert your videos to the format you need online. What’s good about this one is that you don’t need to download any third-party program to convert your video. By simply pasting your YouTube video link into the online tool, you can get your YouTube video converted online. After the converting process, you can download the converted video to your local hard drive. The flaw of this tool is just as obvious as the advantage. Being an online tool means this converter requires a stable and high-speed Internet connection. If the network isn’t fast enough and your video happens to be a little big in size, then the downloading process could be very painful. Also, as a light-weighted online tool, Online Video Converter doesn’t support as many video formats as Leawo Video Converter does.


How to add a YouTube video to Adobe Premiere Pro

Now that you’ve got a general idea on programs you can use to add a YouTube video to Adobe Premiere Pro, let’s talk about how exactly you can do it. I’ll take Leawo Video Converter as an example as that’s what I usually use when I encounter the problem.

Step 1: Download the YouTube video
There are various ways you can download your YouTube video, but the recommended way to do that is by using Leawo Video Downloader. With Leawo Video Downloader you can download your YouTube video by simply pasting the URL of your video into the program and hit the ‘Download’ button. It’s easy, fast and stable.


Step 2: Import YouTube video to Leawo Video Converter
Download and install Leawo Video Converter, open the program and navigate to the ‘Converter’ function module. There are two ways for you to import your video into Leawo Video Converter: By dragging and dropping the file into the main frame of the program, and by clicking the ‘Add video’ button. You can also import a video folder by choosing the ‘Add folder’ in the drop-down menu under the ‘Add Video’ button.


Step 3: Set an output format
After importing the file, click the button at the right of the ‘Add Photo’ button, and then choose ‘Change’ to set an output format for your video,