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Edit MP4 with Cyberlink PowerDirector

Edit MP4 with Cyberlink PowerDirector

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As the fastest and most capable consumer-level video editing software around, Cyberlink PowerDirector has full importing support for various file formats. However, a lot of people complain that they fail to import MP4 to Cyberlink PowerDirector just as the condition listed below:
“Cannot import .mp4 into CyberLink PowerDirector 14 Ultra. I specifically checked the import formats of this software before I bought it, but now I cannot import them and the program cites an “unsupported format” error. Very frustrated and confused.”

Why fail to import MP4 to Cyberlink PowerDirector?

After searching for Cyberlink PowerDirector supported file formats, we find that you can import the following file formats:
MVC (MTS), MOD, MOV (H.264), Dual-Stream AVI, MPEG-1, FLV (H.264), MPEG-2, MKV (multiple audio streams), MPEG-4 AVC (H.264), 3GPP2, MP4 (XAVC-S)*, AVCHD (M2T, MTS), TOD, AVI, VOB, DAT, WMV, DivX**, WMV-HD, DV-AVI, WTV in H.264/MPEG2 (multiple video and audio streams), DVR-MS, DSLR video clip in H.264 format with LPCM audio, H.265/HEVC (MP4/MKV/M2TS)*

From above lists, we can see that you can only load XAVC S MP4 and H.265 MP4 files into the Cyberlink PowerDirector. However, it is well known that MP4 is a multimedia container file format, which can be encoded with various different compression codec such as MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264, H.265, WMV/VC-1. You can only load Cyberlink PowerDirector supported MP4 files into it.

Transcode unsupported MP4 for Cyberlink PowerDirector

To fix the format or codec incompatible issue, what you need to do is downloading Pavtube Video Converter, which can assist to fix this issue with ease. The program has full support for all 4K/2K/HD/SD MP4 files encoded with all the compression codec listed above. Thanks to its batch conversion mode, you can load multiple MP4 video into the application at one time for conversion.

With the program, you can easily transcode MP4 to Cyberlink PowerDirector editable formats and codec listed above with remarkable quality and super fast conversion speed. To get better output video and audio quality, feel free to tweak output profile parameters such as video codec, bit rate, frame rate, resolution and audio codec, bit rate, sample rate and channels, etc in the program’s “Profile Settings” window.

Edit MP4 with built-in editing options

Before loading MP4 to Cyberlink PowerDirector, you can complete some simple video editing work with the program’s built-in simple video editing tools. You can trim or cut MP4 video to remove unwanted parts, crop MP4 video to remove the black bars or unwanted size area, add video/image/transparent text watermark, apply special rendering effects, add external subtitle to video, etc.

Step by Step to Convert Unsupported MP4 Video for Cyberlink PowerDirector

Step 1: Load unsupported MP4 video into the application.

Download the free trial version of the program. Launch it on your computer. Click “File” menu and select “Add Video/Audio” or click the “Add Video” button on the top tool bar to import unsupported MP4 video files into the program.

Load unsupported MP4 video into the application

Step 2: Output PowerDirector supported editing formats.

Clicking the Format bar, from its drop-down list, select one of Cyberlink PowerDirector compatile editing formats “MPEG-2 Video(*.mpg)” under “Common Video” main category.

Output PowerDirector supported editing formats

Tips: Click “Settings” on the main interface to open “Profile Settings” window, here, you can flexibly adjust the output profile parameters including video codec, resolution, bit rate, frame rate, audio codec, bit rate, sample rate, channels, etc as you like to get better output video and audio quality.

Step 3: Edit MP4 files with built-in editing tools.

By default the Edit icon is grayed out. To activate the Edit menu, you have to select an item first. When a video or movie is selected, click the pencil like Edit icon on the left top tool bar to open the video editor window, here, you can trim video length, crop video black bars, add transparent text watermark, apply special effect, insert external subtitle, etc.

Edit MP4 files with built-in editing tools

Step 4: Begin the final conversion process.

Click the “Convert” button on the main interface if you have done all the preparation work. This is the workflow that we need to convert MXF to MPG.

Once the conversion is finished, click “Open” to quickly find the converted files. Then, you will have no problem to import video to Cyberlink PowerDirector for post editing workflow.


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