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Old Mar 25, 2015, 01:52 AM
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How to Fix Problems Importing MP4 to Adobe Premiere Pro

Summary: Read this article and you will learn the best and easiest way editing MP4 files in Premiere Pro CS3/CS4/CS5/CS6 by transcoding mp4 to Premiere Pro compatible videos.

Q1: Hi I'm Hayley, I was just wondering, I have footage in a strange format; .mp4, and it wont import into Premiere CS3. Someone asked me if I had all the updates, etc, I do, and still no luck with it...I was thinking of doing a reinstall of it, but if i do that, I will likely have to download all my updates and stuff all over again, and in the end, the mp4 thing still may not work. Before I try the reinstall, I was just wondering if anything else can be done about the format.
Any ideas, friends? Thanks in advance!

Q2: I recorded using camera app in Windows 8. It names the files as mp4 but Adobe Premier Pro CS4 wasn't able to import it. Try rename to mpg, m4v doesn't work, converting using Free Make Video Converter to WMV, MP4, MPG also doesn't work.

Q3: When I attempt to import XDCAM EX clips or MP4 files into Adobe Premiere Pro CS5, I receive the error message "Unsupported format or damaged file." Every time I try, all I get are codes/words and I'm having trouble. Please help?


MP4 files are compressed using h.264 codec which is a final delivery codec not use for editing, while Adobe Premiere Pro CS3/CS4/CS5/CS6 lets you edit faster with true native format support. Therefore you may have problems when importing MP4 footage into Premiere Pro. For smoothly editing .MP4 files in Premiere Pro CS3/CS4/CS5/CS6, you first need to convert MP4 to a more editing-friendly format with Premiere Pro, such MPEG-2/WMV.

To get the work done, a third-party software is needed. Here Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac and Pavtube HD Video Converter is highly recommended. They are professional and powerful high-quality Windows/Mac video converter and editor. With it, you can effortlessly transcode 720p/1080p MP4 files to MPEG-2/WMV format for Premiere Pro CS3/CS4/CS5/CS6 editing. Just download it and follow the tutorials.


Guide: Transcoding MP4 to Premiere Pro CS3/CS4/CS5/CS6 for editing and importing

Step 1: Add mp4 footage from MP4 file folder to MP4 Converter for Premiere Pro. You can directly drag and drop .mp4 video files to this software.

Step 2: Choose Premiere Pro CS3/CS4/CS5/CS6 best editing codec.

Select to rewrap your mp4 files to" Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas --> MPEG-2 (*.mpg) or WMV (VC-1) (*.wmv)." which work fine with Premiere Pro.

Step 3: Hit "Convert" button to carry out the MP4 to Premiere Conversion process.

When the conversion ends, you can run the Premiere Pro CS3/CS4/CS5/CS6 and click File --> Import --> Files to import the resulted files in Premiere Pro.

From the steps above, I think you got the point to convert MP4 files to MPEG-2/WMV for Premiere Pro editing, please have a try, this software will solve you MP4 files conversion and editing problems, and then you can easily import and use your MP4 files in Premiere Pro CS3/CS4/CS5/CS6 without any problems.

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