Tips working Sony EX1/EX3 XDCAM EX MP4 video in Premiere Pro

Summary: Facing issues importing Sony PMW-EX1/EX3 XDCAM EX footage into Premiere Pro for further editing? Fortunately, there is an easy workflow for this. Let's find it out here.

If you are considering a XDCAM EX camcorder, Sony PMW-EX1 and PMW-EX3 should be on your list. Combining the moderate bit rate of MPEG-2 Long GOP compression, Sony is adopted with new XDCAM-EX intraframe codec and newly designed 1/2-inch type “Exmor” CMOS Sensors. Well, no matter you’re using or going to have Sony PMW-EX1 or PMW-EX3, you may wanna know the compatibility of the Sony EX1/EX3 XDCAM with Premiere Pro. In this page, I will give you the answer.

Adobe Premiere Pro will work with some MP4 files, but not all. The problem is that they are not the same, which may contain different video/codec and various video frame rates. Like the XDCAM EX MP4 video from Sony EX1 or EX3 is not an ideal editing format for Premiere Pro. You can try converting the files with some third-party software solutions Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac (It’s the app I’m using.).

Overall, Brorsoft’s Video Converter Mac can enable you to effortlessly transcode XDCAM EX MP4 videos (from Sony PWM-EX1R/EX1/EX3 ) to MPEG-2 files, which will create an Premiere friendly file format for smooth editing. Besides Premiere Pro, this software can also export DNxHD for Aivd MC, Apple ProRes for Final Cut Pro, AIC for iMovie/Final Cut Express and more NLE systems for native editing. If you are on Windows, just turn to Brorsoft Video Converter. Now get the step-by-step instruction below.

Premiere Pro CS6/CS5.5/CS4/CS3 and Sony PMW-EX1/EX3 Best Workflow

Step 1: Install and launch the Sony PMW-EX1 video converter on Mac and click the "Add" button to load EX1R separate .mp4 files for converting.

Tip: Check the "Merge into one" box, you can join several EX1R clips together.

Step 2. Select “Format” pull down list to select Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas> MPEG-2(*.mpg) as the best video format for Premiere Pro.

Step 3: To get a perfect video for editing in Premier Pro CS6/CS5.5/CS4/CS3, you’d better press the Settings icon to set the video size as 1920*1080, frame rate as 30fps in the Profiles Settings panel.

Note: For MPEG-2(*.mpg) output format, 30fps is the highest frame rate which can be recognized in Adobe Premier Pro. If you really want to keep the original frame rate, you’d better choose Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas --> WMV (VC-1) (*.wmv) as the export format.


Step 4: After above settings, hit "Convert" button to start transcoding Sony PMW EX1/EX3 MP4 to MPEG-2 for directly importing to Premier Pro.

Once the process completes, you can click "Open" to locate the .mpg files ready to be imported into Adobe Premiere Pro CS6/CS5.5/CS4/CS3.

Additional Tips:

If you wanna transcode Sony PMW-EX1, EX3 footage to FCP X or FCP 6/7, choose Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov); for iMovie or FCE 4, choose the "iMovie and Final Cut Express -> Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)"; and for Avid MC, "Avid Media Composer > Avid DNxHD(*.mov)" is the choice.

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