XDCAM EX MP4 Best workflow: Import and Edit Sony EX3 XDCAM MP4 files to After Effects CS6/CC

Do you also have such hassles when editing MP4 files from Sony XDCAM EX in After Effects CS4/CS5/CS6/CC? If so, hopefully the instructions below can help you out of troubles.

I get a lot of questions from Sony XDCAM users about the best way to work with XDCAM EX material in After Effects. For example:

“I’m having this problem that every time I import a .mp4 file from Sony XDCAM EX3 in to After Effects, there’s no video just the audio. I deleted the preferences and the only way I was able to see the video was when I changed the file extension to .mov. Is there a way that I can see the Sony EX3 .mp4 in After Effect without having to change the extension on the files? ”

In order to use Sony EX3 or other Sony XDCAM EX MP4 video files in After Effects CS4/CS5/CS6/CC, you need to convert .mp4 to After Effects supported video formats first. To finish the task, you can use Brorsoft Video Converter.

It is the best video converter that can help users transcode 1080p/720p MP4 to MPEG-2 for Adobe AE with high output video quality. Meanwhile, this video convert tool can create files compatible with various non-linear editing systems like Pinnacle Studio, Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, Sony Vegas Pro, etc. If you wanna encode MP4 to Adobe After Effects under Mac OS X ( 10.10 Yosemite & 10.9 Mavericks included), please turn to Video Converter for Mac. Below is how.

How to encode Sony XDCAM EX3 MP4 videos for using in After Effects Step by Step

Step 1: Load MP4 video files to the program by clicking “Add” button, or drag the MP4 videos to the software directly.

Step 2: Click “Format” bar to determine output format. Follow “Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas” and select “MPEG-2(*.mpg)” as the output format. Besides, you can also choose WMV (VC-1) (*.wmv) if you want to get a relatively smaller output file.

Tip: You can adjust video and audio parameters, including the Bitrate of Video and Audio, the Codec of Video and Audio, Video Size, Sample Rate, Frame Rate, Audio Channels, etc., in the Profile Settings.

Step 3: Click the Arrow icon under the preview window, and the program will start converting MP4 to MPEG-2 for After Effects.

After the MP4 to Adobe AE conversion finished, you can freely import your transcoded Sony EX3 MP4 files into After Effects CS4/CS5/CS6/CC with any incompatibility issues.

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