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Edit MP4 with HitFilm Pro

Edit MP4 with HitFilm Pro

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HitFilm Pro combines standard professional editing tools with a large collection of visual effects features and essential color grading and motion graphics tools. Although the HitFilm Pro has claimed wide support for all media with different formats, frame rates and resolutions all the same timeline. However, a lot of users from HitFilm Pro complains that they fail to load the common MP4 files to HitFilm Pro.

“I am editing with MP4 videos on HitFilm Pro, and I understand that apparently that codec is difficult to edit with, but come on guys really? The most popular video codec runs slow on such an ‘advanced’ software such. Idk maybe its my computer, but still, very annoying.”

“Just got my higher end Windows Laptop, and having issues loading the .Mp4 file to it. It’s higher end, has a great graphics card and lots of memory. Als have QuickTime installed. Just will not import. Help?”

Why HitFilm not import certain MP4 video?

MP4 is a container but not a codec. Therefore, it can contain various different video and audio compression codec. However, from HitFlim Pro supported file types, we can see that it only handle the following file types:



AVI (including 10-bit and 12-bit GoPro Cineform (Windows only)
MP4 (AVC/H264 & AAC)
QuickTime MOV (including 10-bit and 12-bit Pro-Res (requires that an up to date version of QuickTime is installed on your computer)


From above lists, we can see that you will only be able to load MP4 files compressed with AVC/H.264 & AAC into HitFilm Pro. If you try to load MP4 files encoded with some codec such as H.265, HitFilm Pro will fail to recognize the MP4 files.

Convert unsupported MP4 for HitFilm Pro editing

To fix the codec incompatible issue, the most effective solution is transcoding MP4 to HitFilm Pro supported editing formats listed above. Here, a powerful yet simple to use HitFilm Pro Video Converter – Pavtube Video Converter is highly recommended to you. The program has full importing support for MP4 video wrapped with all the following video and audio codec:
Video codec: MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 (A)SP, H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, H.265/HEVC, VC-1/WMV, Real Video, Theora, MVC
Audio codec: MP3, WMA, AAC, AC3, DTS, LCPM, ALAC, DTS-HD

Related article: Edit H.265 with HitFilm Pro 

The program supports batch conversion mode, so that you can load multiple MP4 video into the application for conversion at one time to save your precious time. The program is very simple to use, no matter experienced user or fresh could handle it very well. You can easily produce HitFilm Pro supported editing formats such as H.264, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, AVI, QuickTime MOV, WMVM, etc with perfect quality and super fast encoding speed.

Edit MP4 video with built-in editing options

Before loading MP4 video into HitFilm Pro, you can complete some simple video editing task with the program’s built-in editing functions. You can trim or cut MP4 video to remove unwanted parts or segments, crop video to get off the black bars or unwanted size area, add video/image/transparent text watermark to video, apply special rendering effect, insert external srt/ass/ssa subtitle to MP4 video, etc.

For Mac users, you can turn to download Pavtube Video Converter for Mac to complete the conversion on macOS High Sierra, macOS Sierra, Mac OS X El Capitan, Mac OS X Yosemite and Mac OS X Mavericks, etc.

How to Convert Unsupported MP4 for HitFilm Pro Editing?

Step 1: Load unsupported MP4 files 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 files into the application

Step 2: Specify output file format.

Clicking the Format bar, from its drop-down list, select one of HitFilm Pro supported editing formats such as “H.264 HD Video(*.mp4)” under “HD Video” main category. You can also choose other editing formats according to your own needs.

Output HitFilm Pro supported editing formats

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

Select an item to activate the Edit menu. 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 play and preview the original video and output effects. Also you can trim, crop, add watermark, apply special effect, or insert external subtitle.

Edit MP4 video

Step 4: Begin the final conversion process.

After all setting is completed, hit the “Convert” button at the right bottom of the main interface to begin the conversion process from MP4 to HitFilm Pro supported editing formats.

When the conversion is finished, click “Open Output Folder” icon on the main interface to open the folder with generated files. Then you will have no problem to import any unsupported MP4 video to HitFilm Pro for professional post editing workflow.


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