Sony a7 IV Premiere Pro - Edit Sony a7 IV MP4 in Premiere Pro

The Sony a7 IV camera is a dream to shoot with and hold. It’s a very natural progression from any one of Sony’s digital cameras, and holds its own against all of the other manufacturers, especially with the low-light performance. However, with every camera, comes many questions about workflow. The term ‘workflow’ can be fairly broad, but today we’re looking at importing MP4 footage into Premiere Pro without using any Plugin.

If you recorded some MP4 videos by the Sony a7 IV, you may like editing them in Premiere Pro (CC, CS6, CS5). Though the latest Premiere Pro 22.0 claims that it supports XAVC HS format, you still encounter problems editing Sony a7 IV MP4 files in Premiere Pro, let alone the older version CC, CS6, CS5, etc. Despite of the tedious process, many folks are facing problems when importing Sony a7 IV MP4 files to Premiere Pro 7 like this:

“Premiere Pro not recognizing Sony a7 IV MP4 footage – Have some footage from the field on a drive sent to me. All folder paths seem fine. Installed latest Sony software/driver for Premiere Pro, Premiere Pro is showing an error and when trying to import.”

In fact, there is an alternative easy way to fix the issue. Adobe Premiere Pro work best with clips in the MPEG-2 encoded MPG and H.264 encoded MOV format, but Sony clips are stored in the MP4 format. So the easy workaround is to convert the Sony a7 IV footage to MPEG-2 or H.264 format. Actually, it’s not as difficult as you imagine. What’s need is a just a common video converter like Acrok Video Converter Ultimate (For Windows | For Mac). It supports creating high quality MPEG-2 and H.264 video, which ensures maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with Premiere Pro. It can convert almost any video to MPEG-2/H.264 so you can import your video to Premiere Pro CC/CS6/CS5 for editing. The guide below will teach you how to convert and import Sony a7 IV MP4 files into Premiere Pro so you can make engaging movies with your Sony a7 IV footage.

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Guide: Transcoding Sony a7 IV MP4 to MPEG-2/H.264 for Premiere Pro

Step 1. Load Source Sony a7 IV footage

Launch Acrok Video Converter Ultiamte as the MP4 to Premiere Pro Converter and click the Add File button to import Sony a7 IV MP4 (H.265/XAVC HS, H.264/XAVC S-I, XAVC S) files. Note that you need to transfer MP4 files from your Sony a7 IV to PC Hard Drive before conversion.

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Step 2. Choose Premiere Pro editable format

Click on the “Editing Software” and you will see options to convert your MP4 video for certain video editing software. Since you will be importing the video to Premiere Pro after the conversion, have MPEG-2 MPG or H.264 AVC MOV be your selected output format.

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Convert MP4 to Premiere Pro supported video format

Step 3. Start converting MP4 for Premiere Pro

Finally, click “Convert” button and your a7 IV MP4 files will be converted into MPEG-2 .mpg/H.264 .mov files ready to be imported into Premiere Pro.

Open Premiere Pro. To import your convert video files, head to the menu bar and click on File > Import, then “Files”. A small window will appear and allow you to browse through files in your PC to locate and import your video. You also have an option to drag-and-drop your file to the left pane of the Premiere Pro window. Once your video is imported successfully, you can do all you want with it in Premiere Pro.


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