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Avid Media Composer won’t import H.264 files- Resolved

If you have problems for importing and editing H.264 video clips in Avid Media Composer, you can follow this simple tutorial to convert H.264 to DNxHD for Avid MC.

Avid Media Composer won’t import H.264 files- Resolved
In the last tutorial I’ve shared some tips how to import videos to Avid Media Composer. As you see, Avid Media Composer can support a wide range video formats/codecs including H.264. However, when searching online, we found more than one guys met troubles while importing H.264 to Avid Media Composer. Now I’d like to share something I know.

H.264 is the ubiquitous codec, and it looks like it will stay for quite some time. Avid Media Composer supports H.264 via AMA. It means that you can't bring H.264 files to Avid MC natively. And as far as I know, H.264 is highly compressed. That's not where you want to start with editing for high quality results. Something even worse, users always found H.264 footage like from GoPro HD(.mp4), Canon EOS(.mov) can’t be recognized by Avid Media Composer. A suggestion is to transcode all H.264 files to DnxHD for Avid Media Composer using a third-party tool and Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac is just the right choice.

It is an easy-to-use yet professional H.264 encoder for Mac. It's able to convert all H.264 files to Avid Media Composer 4/5/6/7 more compatible DNxHD video without losing quality. With it, you may also encode H.264 to Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro. FCE, iMovie, Premiere Elements and more NLE programs highly compatible formats for editing. If meet the H.264 codec issues with Avid on Windows PC, please get Brorsoft Video Converter to solve the problem.

Convert and Import H.264 video to Avid Media Composer

Step 1. Launch the H.264 converter program and click the "Add" button to load H.264 files for converting.

Step 2. Click Format on the main interface and choose Avid Media Composer > Avid DNxHD(*.mov) as output format.

Step 3. Click “Settings” to set video resolution (1920×1080/1440×1080/1280×720/720×480), bitrate(from 1Mbps to 20Mbps), frame rate (24p/30p) as you like.

Step 4. After above settings, hit “Convert” button to start transcoding H.264 to DNxHD for directly importing to Avid Media Composer.

After a quick conversion, you can click the Open icon to locate the converted DNxHD MOV files. Now import your new DNxHD files into Avid Media Composer 4/5/6/7 to start your editing workflow.

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