Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Convert Sony XDCAM EX MP4 footage to After Effects CS4, CS5, CS6 for editing

As a Sony XDCAM EX camcorder user, are you annoying the import problem with After Effects CS4? The article will tell you how to make Sony XDCAM EX MP4 footage working well in After Effects CS4.
Adobe After Effects CS4, the popular postproduction tool for video professionals, is good at digital motion graphics, visual effects and compositing. And it is often used in the post-production process of filmmaking and television production, and used as a basic non-linear editor and a media transcoder. The options in After Effects expand to work with the latest video formats, including P2, XDCAM EX, and XDCAM HD, as well as Web applications.

However, when you import some Sony XDCAM EX MP4 footage with full HD resolution as either 1920 x 1080 or 1280 x 720, you may still meet some import problem. 

Question 1: I'm having a nightmare trying to use MP4 file from my EX3 in After Effects CS4. When I import the raw footage, it shows up clearly, and even plays properly in RAM previews, but when I export, it freezes for a bit, then skips several frames, then repeats the process till the end of the video.” - Esther 
Question 2: I recently got some Sony XDCAM MP4 videos from a customer and wanted to edit them in AE CS4 but i cannot open it. it just keeps saying it's of an unsopported format. How do I fix this?” - Lewis

CS4 is a rather old version of After Effects and, as such, doesn't support many of the things it supports now.

You have two options:

1) Get the new version of AE (you can download a 30 day trial from Adobe);

2) Use Adobe Media Encoder, Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate, MPEG Streamclip, or any other video converters to reencode your Sony XDCAM MP4 footage into a format that After Effects CS4 can use. 

Personally, I have used Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate one year, and it’s a very affordable, fast, easy to use one software. It can help me convert Sony XDCAM EX mp4 files to AE CS4 compatible format, make XDCAM EX MP4 footage working well in After Effects CS4.

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How to convert Sony XDCAM EX3 MP4 file to After Effects CS4?

1. Load MP4 footage from Sony XDCAM EX camcorders.

Three ways for loading: click “Add video” to load source from Sony XDCAM EX, click “Add from folder” to import the entire folder, or directly drag and drop mp4 files to the app.

pavtube mp4 video converter ultimate
Tips: If you want to join several mp4 videos into one, “Merge into one file” will help to convert multiple videos into one output video.

2. Select the proper format for After Effects CS4.

Click “Format” menu to choose output format. Go to “Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas” to select “MPEG-2 (*.mpg)” as output format. Alternative formats are WMV, AVI, MOV, etc.

convert sony xdcam ex mp4 to mpg 

Note that the converted file will usually be large in size, cause its native codec and give the best image and performance. If you want to compress the file a little, you can also click the “Settings” icon to design the parameters like bit rate, frame rate, resolution, etc. Manually. (But for the best output video quality you’d better keep the original settings of source files.)

video audio settings 

3. Start MP4 to MPG conversion

Finally, click the “Convert” button; it will start converting Sony XDCAM EX MP4 files to MPEG-2 for Adobe After Effects CS4/CS5/CS6 immediately. 

When all conversions finished, click “Open” to locate the generated files, you may go ahead to create your own masterpiece with Adobe After Effects and then upload it to YouTube for sharing with the worldwide!
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