Effortlessly Edit 4K and 8K Videos in Premiere Pro with Proxy Creation


High-resolution video editing, particularly with formats like 4K and 8K, poses significant challenges, especially for computers with lower-end hardware specifications. This comprehensive guide aims to unravel the intricacies of proxy editing in Adobe Premiere, providing a step-by-step tutorial to enhance your video editing workflow.

Understanding Proxy Editing in Premiere

What is Proxy Editing?

Proxy editing is a technique used to efficiently edit high-resolution videos. The process involves creating lower resolution versions of your high-resolution files, allowing smoother editing on less powerful computers. When you render the final product, Premiere uses the original high-resolution files, ensuring the end product is of the highest quality.

The Proxy Workflow

The proxy workflow in Premiere simplifies the editing of high-resolution videos. By editing lower resolution proxies instead of the original high-resolution files, your computer can handle the task more efficiently, reducing lag and improving the editing experience.

Creating a Proxy in Premiere

Initial Steps

  1. Importing Videos: Begin by importing your high-resolution video into Premiere.
  2. Checking Properties: Verify the video’s resolution (e.g., 4096 x 2160) to confirm it’s high-resolution.

Creating a Proxy

  1. Selecting the Video: In the project tab, right-click on your imported high-resolution video.
  2. Creating Proxies: Choose the ‘Create Proxies’ option. You’ll be presented with format choices like QuickTime and H264, and resolution options (high, medium, low).
  3. Selecting Resolution and Destination: Opt for a low-resolution proxy (e.g., 1024 x 540) and choose a destination for the proxy file. It’s advisable to let Premiere organize these files in a dedicated folder.

Conversion Process

The conversion to a proxy is executed through Adobe Media Encoder, which must be installed on your computer. Once the conversion is complete, a lower resolution proxy file is created and stored in a designated folder.

Working with Proxy Files in Premiere

Viewing and Editing Proxies

  1. Toggle Proxies Button: Add the ‘Toggle Proxies’ button to your toolbar. This button allows you to switch between the proxy and the original high-resolution file.
  2. Identifying Proxies: Proxy files are identifiable by a specific icon, ensuring you know when you are editing the proxy version.

Customizing Proxy Settings

  1. Open Media Encoder: To customize proxy settings, open Adobe Media Encoder.
  2. Creating Custom Preset: Develop a new encoding preset with your desired settings, such as resolution (e.g., 1280 x 720) and bitrate.
  3. Adding Watermarks: You can add an image or text watermark to your proxy videos for easy identification.

Integrating Media Encoder with Premiere

  1. Creating an Ingest Preset: In Media Encoder, create an ingest preset with your custom proxy settings.
  2. Specifying Ingest Preset Path: Copy the path of the ingest preset file for use in Premiere.
  3. Adding Preset to Premiere: In Premiere, add your custom ingest preset to the ‘Create Proxy’ workflow.

When you finish editing using proxies, Premiere will render the final video using the original high-resolution files. This ensures that your final product is of the highest quality, regardless of the proxy editing process.

Key Points:

  • Proxy editing does not affect the quality of the final rendered video.
  • The proxy files are solely for smoother editing and are not used in the final render.
  • Your final render will reflect the original resolution and quality of the imported video.


Proxy editing in Adobe Premiere is a game-changer for video editors working with high-resolution footage on less powerful computers. By following this guide, you can optimize your editing workflow, ensuring smooth editing and high-quality final renders.