How to Make MP4 files Compatible with Avid Media Composer

Published on March 27 2016

Facing problems importing MP4 files to Avid Media Composer for editing? Luckily, the problem is easy to solve. Here's a quick fix.


As a quite hot file extension, MP4 is widely used for saving media data and can be found in lots of places online or off line, which means, you may download MP4 videos from video sharing sites such as YouTube and Fox, or shared some MP4 videos from others, or captured by a camera (GoPro MP4 videos, Sony XDCAM EX MP4 camcorder videos, etc). But the problem with MP4 is, when you plan to edit the MP4 file with Avid Media Composer, you may be able to do this, but may be unable to. So what's the matter? Actually, Avid MC might not work with some MP4 files sometimes due to the codec issue or other reasons. In cases like these, you'd better convert the MP4 files to a more editing-friendly format, such an Avid's DNxHD codec (On Avid official website, it recommends DNxHD or XDCAM codec for editing, and DNxHD codec is the first choice).

Actually, it's not as difficult as you imagine. What's need is a just a MP4 to DNxHD converter like EaseFab Video Converter for Mac. With it, you can effortlessly transcode 720p/1080p MP4 files to DNxHD encoded MOV for Media Composer 5/5.5/6/7, and it works well and converts flawlessly. Meanwhile, the Mac Video Conversion tool can create files compatible with various non-linear editing systems like FCP, FCE, iMovie, and Adobe Premiere (Pro), etc. If you are running on Windows, get the Windows version here. Now just, download the program and achieve your goal smoothly.

Simple Steps to convert MP4 format to Avid supported DNxHD MOV

Step 1. Import MP4 files

Here you can directly drag & drop the MP4 files to the converter, or click "Add Video" button to load your video files. Batch conversion is supported so you can add many files at a time to save the conversion time. And as you see, added files can be previewed in the right Preview window and you can take snapshots of your favorite video scenes.


Step 2. Choose DNxHD as the output format

You can directly choose the DNxHD preset from "Editing Software" category for Avid Media Composer which has been supplied by the MP4 to Avid Mac Converter. The settings also works for Avid MC 8, Avid MC 7, Avid MC 6 and Avid MC 5 etc.


Step 3. Start MP4 to Avid DNxHD conversion

Hit "Convert" button and your files will be converted into DNxHD .mov files ready to be imported into Avid Media Composer. Now you can edit the encoded MP4 video files in Avid Media Composer without problems.

Read More:
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Henry 02/09/2017 08:26

Here is the solution to can't import MP4 to Avid

endeavorfrazer 01/18/2017 05:16

I use iDealshare VideoGo to convert MP4, MKV, AVI, FLV, AVCHD, MXF etc to Avid with this guide