Transferring Sony XDCAM EX MP4 clips to After Effects CS5/CS6/CC

Summary: Follow the guide below and you will know how to import Sony XDCAM EX MP4 to After Effects without rendering or any other problems on Mac OS X(Yosemite, Mavericks included).

With every new camera, many questions will also arise about its workflow. I get a lot of questions from Sony XDCAM users about the best way to work with XDCAM EX material in After Effects. Well, this article shows you my solution for importing files from Sony XDCAM MP4 to After Effects without any issue. If you are a Sony XDCAM EX camcorder owner like PMW-EX3, PMW-200, PMW-EX1, PMW-150, etc and are just facing troubles, read on to get the tips and tricks.

As far as I know, Sony XDCAM EX is not supported well by After Effects. It can only import Sony XDCAM EX assets stored as essence files with the .mp4 filename extension in a BPAV directory. Without that directory, it doesn’t seem to recognize your videos. To make all Sony XDCAM MP4 clips compatible with After Effects, the effective way is to convert MP4 to MPEG-2 for After Effects from Sony XDCAM EX.

To get the work done, Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac is an ideal choice, which allows you to convert XDCAM EX files to After Effects CS5/CS6/CC for smoothly editing. Besides After Effects, this Mac Sony XDCAM Converter also generates best editing format/codec for filmmakers and video enthusiasts to use in different NLE apps, such as Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, iMovie, Avid Media Composer Final Cut Express and more. If you are on Windows, Video Converter is for you. Just download it and follow the step-by-step guide below to achieve your goal smoothly.

1. Launch the Sony XDCAM Converter, you can click "Add Video" button (or "Add from folder") to load source files from Sony XDCAM EX. Convert supports batch conversion, so you are allowed to add multiple files to convert at a time.

2. Click the format bar to choose output format from the dropdown list. For After Effects editing, Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas > MPEG-2 (*.mpg) is one of the best compatible video formats for you to choose.

3. Adjust the video and audio parameters, including the Bitrate of Video&Audio, Video Size, Sample Rate, Frame Rate, Audio Channels, etc., by clicking the Settings button on the main interface for getting the best quality.

4. Click the convert button to start transcoding Sony XDCAM MP4 for Adobe After Effects.

After the process completes, click "Open" button to find the generated videos, and then you can transfer the recordings to After Effects easily and quickly.

Additional Tips: Besides transcoding Sony XDCAM MP4 to After Effects, this XDCAM Converter for Mac can also convert Sony XDCAM, XDCAM HD, XDCAM EX MP4 or MXF files to FCP, iMovie, FCE, Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro, etc NLE systems on Mac(Yosemite, Mavericks included). Choose a proper format in the second step.

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