It is probably the MP4 video format that is giving you issues, it is a variant of H.264 (MPEG-4.AVC) that is similar to but not the same as AVCHD. Infact I am surprised that you can work with the clips at all in PE4. Full HD AVCHD support was introduced in PE7... PE4 supports the HDV MPEG2 format. Infact Adobe had to do some work to "optimize" the memory management to get AVCHD to work.
What project preset are you using? And are you planning to export as high definition or standard definition? Your best bet would be to convert the clips to DV-AVI if you are planning to export SD or HDV MPEG2 if you plan to export as HD.
That is kind of what I have learned by perusing the forums over the last couple of hours. I'm having trouble finding software that can convert - I do want to export to HD for youtube as well as personal website flash movies.
I tried the two programs that Steve Grisetti gave as options in his post: http://forums.adobe.com/message/1763865#1763865 (hope the link works)...
However, neither program seems to recognize my .mp4 files to convert them! Which had me thinking perhaps that's not the issue - but I will keep looking for a program that can covert and keep incredible HD quality!
If you have any more options for me to try as far as programs, I'm definitely open to them! I'd like a trial, watermark is fine, to ensure it works to my quality standards. Thank you!!
Why not bring them one at a time into a HDV 720 project preset and try exporting them from PE4 as HDV 720 MPEG2. Then edit these in PE4.
Also what software was included? Or can this just convert to standard definition?
I will try that but I have 111 clips for just this video, with at least 7 more videos to shoot and edit with at least, if not more, clips! It would just be better if I could batch process them overnight. As much as I LOVE PE, I don't want to spend that much time with it. Ha! Thank you so much for your help!!
I also read that Quicktime can not read the mp4 files which is surprising. Did you get the Cyberlink Suite with the camcorder? Can PowerDirector batch convert videos?
You have no idea how helpful you have been - yes the camera came with the software (my HP Pavilion also came with it, but I would need to upgrade to work in HD!) - I'm trying this CD that came with the cam, and also trying Super (C)... Will keep you posted!!
And also, QT will play them in MP4 format, but it's extremely choppy, just FYI.
Yes Super might be able to handle them. Let us know how you get on.
Super C was great - perfect encoding, allows for batch processing!! Thank you again for your help!
Hi...I was following your thread as I just bought a camera that saves in the same format. Forgive my newbie-ness...what is Super C? Can you post the link?
The link to download Super C is here:
Go to the very bottom of the page, then click on: Download SUPER © setup file from our 4th dedicated server
It's kind of a strange site, but I have used the program with no issues.
Then, the convert your files, you simply choose your settings...
(I'm doing HD, so I chose: Output container MPG, Codec: MPEG-II, FFMPEG encoder, no change for video scale size, no selection for aspect, 30 frames per second, bitrate 2208, TOP QUALITY checkbox checked. I don't use the audio, as my videos will have music and a voiceover, so I checked Disable Audio.)
Then you drop you MP4 files into the window at the bottom and hit Encode (active files).
It then begins to encode them into the same folder as the originals, but with an MPEG file format!
I set mine to do this for 111 clips, and as there is no automatic "shutdown when complete" option, I guesstimated the time it would take and set my computer to shut down in 3 hours. Worked like a charm and I was able to get some sleep!
I am then able to easily pull these clips into PE4 and work with them.
Hope this helps!
Super is a great little program... but I dont know why they have to hide the download link amongst pages and pages of linked description. I imagine most people give up trying to find the download link and dont download it.
In case the need ever comes up again, there are direct links to downloads of Super and Prizm -- the two best, easiest to use video converters -- in the FAQs to the right of this forum.
Unfortunately Prism doesn't export to high definition.