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Import MP4 Files to Avid Media Composer with AMA Plug-ins on Mac El Capitan

Import MP4 Files to Avid Media Composer with AMA Plug-ins on Mac El Capitan

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How to Put MP4 Footage into Avid Media Composer?

I’m using an HP PC. I don’t know how to Import YouTube downloaded videos into Avid Media Composer. I’m not too familiar with AMA Plug-ins since it’s my first time.

What is AMA Plug-in?

AMA is a revolutionary plug-in architecture that greatly accelerates your file-based video workflows. With it, you can simply connect a supported manufacturer’s media card, disk, or device and begin viewing and cutting footage right away. No need to transcode media or use other software to view the extra clips.


Avid Media Composer supported MP4 file formats

After searching for Avid Media Composer supported video formats, we find that Avid Media Composer has native import support for MP4 files that meet the following standard:

Wrapper Codec Codec Tradename
MPEG-4 MPEG-4 Advanced Simple Real Time MPEG-4

If the MP4 files that you try to import to Avid Media Composer was encoded with other unsupported codec, you can use a third-party program to transcode the files to QuickTime or prores codec, which can be directly accessed with a AMA QuickTime plug-in.

Transcode MP4 to QuickTime or Prores Codec

If you are looking for a professional solution to encode MP4 to QuickTime or Prores Codec with perfect quality, here, you are recommended to download Pavtube Video Converter for Mac (best Mac Video Converter Software), which can encode MP4 video with various different codec such as MPEG-4, H.264/MPEG-4 ASP, H.265/HEVC, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, VC-1/WMV, etc to QuickTime codec or Prores codec with just few clicks.

Apart from the powerful video trans-coding function, the program also allows you to do some simple video editing work before beginning your professional post-production work in Avid Media Composer. You can trim the video footage to cut off your unwanted portion, merge separate video clips into one, crop the black bars around the video frame, split large video files into small parts by file count, video length or file size.

Besides MP4, the program also facilitate you to convert other unsupported file formats such as XAVC S, AVCHD, Prores MOV, etc to Avid Media Composer native loaded file formats.

How to Convert MP4 to QuickTime for Loading into Avid with QuickTime Plug-in?

Step 1: Import MP4 files into the program.
Launch the software on your Mac computer, click “File” menu, select “Add Video/Audio” or “Add from folder” to import MP4 files into the program.

load MP4 files

Step 2: Output QuickTime mov format.
Click “Format” drop-down option, choose Avid Medic Composer QuickTime plug-in directly accessed QuickTime movie format from “Common Video” > “MOV – QuickTime(*.mov)”.

Output QuickTime movie format

Step 3: Edit MP4 files.

Select an item on the main interface to active the “Edit” menu on the main interface, click the “Edit” icon on the top tool bar to open the “Video Editor” window, you can play and preview the original video and the output effects. Also you can flip, trim, crop, add text/image/watermark, apply effect, edit audio in video, insert subtitles, etc.

Edit MP4 files

Step 4: Begin the conversion process.
On the main interface of the program, hit right-bottom “Convert” button to start to encode MP4 to QuickTime codec for Avid Media Composer.
When the conversion is completed, click the “Open output folder” icon on the main interface to find the converted files, you can then import files  into  Avid Media Composer with no problem.

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