For CS5 and later, the easy way to insure that your video and your project match
See 2nd post for picture of NEW ITEM process http://forums.adobe.com/message/3776153
-and a FAQ on sequence setting http://forums.adobe.com/message/3804341
Read Bill Hunt on a file type as WRAPPER http://forums.adobe.com/thread/440037
What is a CODEC... a Primer http://forums.adobe.com/thread/546811
What CODEC is INSIDE that file? http://forums.adobe.com/thread/440037
The tutorial list in message #3 http://forums.adobe.com/message/2276578 may help
That did solution did indeed stop the odd cropping, but revealed a new problem that I couldn't see the first time. Although the sound is perfect in the original mp4, my mouth is out of sync with everything being said in Premiere. Movement is also very pixilated in Premiere so I didn't really notice it until I output it to .FLV format. In FLV output, the picture is clear again, but I could see the timing being off. I assumed at first that it was something that went wrong in the outputting, but in returning to Premiere, even through the pixilation, I can now make out that the timing of the sound is indeed off by about two seconds in Premiere itself, so of course the output will be bad.
Why might this be happening? Any solutions?
>video with my Motorola Droid Razr MAXX
You MAY have the same problem as video from an iphone
Iphone won't edit easily because it uses a variable frame rate
- A fix in message #22 http://forums.adobe.com/thread/934466
Wanting to make sure I followed that. #22 said, "open file into quicktime, goto save as, save as refrence video. Done"
Are you saying I should open the original mp4 file in Quicktime and save it as a "reference file" before importing to Premiere?
If so, two problems with this:
1) The mp4 video plays poorly in Quicktime to begin with. It looks choppy, like a Charlie Chaplin film. Guessing that outputting from that would be poor as well.
2) The "Save As" option seems to be a function of the Pro version that I don't have.
I can understand how the phone version could be a problem if the mp4 it produced didn't play so nicely in Adobe Media player.
Seems strange that that should work but that importing it into another Adobe product is so clunky.
Last night, i stayed up late and found a way to move the audio track separately from the video. (hold the Alt key and drag the sound line).
My hope was that I could align it manually and be done with this.
No such luck. I found a place in the middle of the video where one of the actors clearly says a line and lined up the sound perfectly with it.
This left the beginning of the video lagging behind the sound, made the middle perfect, and by the end the sound was lagging behind the video!
Can't imagine how that's even possible!
Could mp4 just not be a good format to input from? I could use a conversion tool like Freemake Video Converter in advance to change it to something else if mp4 isn't the best choice for inputting this.
Thanks so much for your help John!!!! ;-)
No, I said that you may have the same problem, not that you should do exactly what it says in #22... since that is an Apple program for an Apple video
What you need to do is find out if your video has the same problem cause, and then find out how to convert to a file that will edit... IF you have the same problem
Cell phone video is a problem for many people, for many reasons... one of which is what is in the link I posted
I have not used it, but some recommend this for transcoding
variable frame rate phone video into something usable in Premiere.
XviD4PSP 5.10.330/6.04.9384 Beta (free)
As both of the last two answers left me a little overwhelmed, I decided to try converting the original .mp4 to several different formats before importing them to Premiere. .mpg and .mov were no better, but a final attempt -- converting it to .wmv -- led to good results. It's choppy in Premiere, so not a pleasure to work with, but the output file is fine, which is what will matter in the long run.
Thanks for all your ideas and help!