You may find that Premiere Pro doesn’t read raw Sony XDCAM EX PMW-F3 files properly, XDCAM EX MP4 is not the best editing format for Premiere Pro. Well, here we’d like to offer the best solution for you to resolve the issues.
The PMW-F3 is part of Sony’s highly successful XDCAM EX product family, which supports a high speed nonlinear workflow. With XDCAM EX, recordings are made as data files in the MP4 format, which is widely used in a number of recent electronic portable devices and has been standardized by ISO.
The only problem comes when the users tried to import Sony PMW-F3 native MP4 files to Adobe Premiere Pro on Mac OS X.
“Premiere CS5 says: “Codec missing or unavailable”. I was checking forum and google and couldn’t find anything about this subject. Anybody works with Sony F3 files on PPro Cs5 ?”
Since the native XDCAM EX footage can’t be ingested to Premiere Pro, we can get some help from third-party software Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac.
Overall, the program is a professional yet easy-to-use XDCAM EX Converter on Mac OS X, which not only can convert Sony PMW-F3 video clips to MPEG-2 codec videos for Mac editing, but also provide simple video editing functions for you. This Mac Video Converter can also transcode Sony XDCAM EX MP4 videos, or rewrapped MXF files as well as native MXF files from Canon XF, Panasonic P2 cameras for editing in Final Cut Pro 6/7, Final Cut Pro X, Final Cut Express, iMovie, Avid MC, Adobe Premiere Pro, etc on Mac OS X(Mavericks Lion included). If you are Windows users, Video Converter is for you. Just download it and follow the tutorial below to get the work done.
(Note: Click here for OS X 10.5)
Guide: Transcoding Sony F3 XDCAM EX recording to Premiere Pro CC/CS6/CS5/CS4
Step 1. Add Source Videos
Launch the professional Sony MXF Converter, and then click “Add” button to browse and load your source Sony PMW-F3 XDCAM files. If you need to import an entire file folder directly, simply click “Add from folder” tab.
Step 2. Choose Output format
For editing in Premiere batively, go to “Format” menu and choose Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas —> MPEG-2(*.mpg) as target format.
Tip: If you want to set some parameters for the output profile, you could click the “Settings” button to set the output bitrate, encode, frame rate, resolution, sample rate, channels, etc.
Step 3. Start conversion
When the former steps finished, you can press “Convert” button to start rewrapping Sony PMW-F3 mp4 files to MPEG-2 for Premier Pro CC/CS6/CS5/CS4 on Mac OS X (Yosemite included) .
Once the conversion process is done, click “Open” button to get the generated MPG files. Then it would be easy for you to import Sony F3 MP4 footage into Premiere for smooth editing.
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