Converting MP4 files to MPG/WMV/MOV From Sony PMW-350 to work with Premiere Pro CS4/CS5

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Converting MP4 files to MPG/WMV/MOV From Sony PMW-350 to work with Premiere Pro CS4/CS5

Post  lydia520622 on Tue Jun 04, 2013 4:20 pm

Summary: Facing issues when importing Sony PMW-350 XDCAM MP4 files into Adobe Premiere Pro with further editing? Here we offer two solutions for you to load Sony PMW-350 footage to Premiere Pro on Mac easily. Check the solution now.

PMW-350 (PMW-350K, PMW-350L) is a hot product from Sony XDCAM EX lineup. It records 1920 x 1080 full HD images using the "MPEG-2 Long GOP" codec, which conforms to the MPEG-2 MP@HL compression standard. "MPEG-2 Long GOP" is a mature codec--also adopted by the XDCAM HD and HDV 1080i series of products--which enables users to record stunning HD video and audiowith highly efficient, reliable data compression. The only problem comes when the users tried to import Sony PMW-350 native MP4 files to Adobe Premiere Pro on Mac OS X.

You may find that Premiere Pro doesn't read raw Sony XDCAM EX PMW-350 files properly - no audio is imported; or sometime it even says that 'the file could be damaged or an unsupported format'. The main reason is that the XDCAM EX MP4 is not the best editing format for Premiere Pro. Well, here we’d like to offer two solutions for you to resolve the issues.

Solution 1: Transfer the PMW-350 XDCAM EX MP4 back into MXF

You could transfer the XDCAM EX MP4 footage back into usable MXF files using the Sony XDCAM Browser. It seems to work OK as far as we've got with the projects. Trouble is, storage for bigger projects (like the 300GB footage project we've just shot) can be a problem. And we have to note that Adobe PP can’t handle the MXF files well all the time, especially the older versions.

Solution 2: Convert Sony PMW-350 MP4 into a Premiere Pro highly friendly format

You can transcode Sony PMW-350 MP4 files to Premiere Pro natively supported formats (MPG/WMV/MOV are highly recommended). Along with some help from third-party software, it can be done effortlessly. Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac is recommended here.

Overall, the program is the best Mac Video Converter for Sony XDCAM native MP4 footage. With it, you can effortlessly transcode Sony PMW-350/350K/350L MP4 to MPEG-2 or MOV, which will create an Adobe Premiere friendly file format keeping the original quality. Besides Premiere, this software can also export DNxHD for Avid, Apple ProRes for Final Cut Pro, AIC for iMovie/FCE and more NLE systems for native editing under Mac OS X including Lion and Mountain Lion. Brorsoft Video Converter is the alternative choice for encoding PMW-350 videos to Premiere Pro on Windows PC. Now download it and follow the tutorial below to get the work done.

Transcode Sony PMW-350 MP4 files to Premiere Pro CS6/CS5/CS4 for editing on Mac
Step 1: Load Sony PMW-350 video files

Install and launch Brorsoft Video Converter on your Mac and load source MP4 clips to it. You can import MP4 clips to the program through "Add Video" button or "Add from folder" button.

Step 2: Choose output format

Click "Format" pull down list to select Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas> MPEG-2(*.mpg) as the best video format for Premiere Pro. WMV, MOV formats are the good choice as well.

Step 3: Specify Profile Settings

In case the default settings do not fit your requirement, you can customize output parameters as you want. Adjust the resolution, bitrate, etc according to your need; you can also keep the parameters as original.

Step 4: Start converting Sony PMW-350 MP4 for Premiere

Click "Convert" button to start transcoding Sony PMW-350 MP4 video to MPG/MOV/WMV for importing to Premiere Pro CS4/CS5/CS6 on Mac OS X.

When the conversion task is finished, click "Open" button to get the exported files. You're now ready to get the result files into Adobe Premiere Pro to do further editing. Launch Premiere Pro on your Mac, choose "File > Import to import any file with smooth editing.


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