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Edit MP4 with HitFilm Express

Edit MP4 with HitFilm Express

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HitFilm Express MP4 importing problems

As the truly remarkable free video editor that can deliver astonishing results in the right hands, HitFilm gives you all the power you need to make somthing cool. HitFilm claims support for a larghe number of file formats with more compatible formats than ever before. However, there are still some people complain that they have problems when importing the common MP4 files to HitFilm Express just as the conditions listed below:

“I need a program which lets me to convert my MP4 videos to something that HitFilm Express can work with. (When editing MP4 files it lags like hell). Thanks in advance.”

“When I import the .mp4 file to HitFilm Express, it’s only recognized as a audiofile…Anyone know this issue? Other .mp4 files work, like the ones from the GoPro or the Ingame footage bevor the “mic-output seperation”

Why HitFilm Express have problems when importing MP4 with problems?

From the specification page of HitFilm Express, we can see that it can native import the following video and audio file formats:
Video formats: Quicktime, AVI, MOV, MP4 (AVC/H264 & AAC), MPEG-1 (TS, PS, MPE, MPG, MPEG, M2V), MXF (DVCPro HD), DV, HDV, WMV
Audio: AAC, MP3, M4A, MPA, WAV and WMA

From above lists, we can see that although HitFilm Express has included native importing suppport for MP4 files, however, it only allow you to import MP4 files encoded with AVC/H.264 video codec and AAC audio codec. However, it is well known that MP4 is a container file format, it can be compressed with various different video codec such as MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 (A)SP, H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, H.265/HEVC, VC-1/WMV, Real Video, Theora, MVC, etc and audio codecs like MP3, WMA, Opus, AAC, AC3, DTS, LPCM, ALAC, DTS-HD, etc.

If you try to import MP4 with above listed unsupported video codec or audio codec to HitFilm Express, then HitFilm Express will either fail to read the video codec or the audio codec. To fix this codec incompatible issue, you will need to perform a codec transcoding process.

Transcode MP4 for HitFilm Express Editing

If you are looking for a powerful yet simple to use application to get the job easily completed, here, we highly recommend Pavtube Video Converter to you. The program has full importing support for all the 4K/2K/HD/SD MP4 files encoded with above listed video and audio codecs. Thanks for its batch conversion mode, you can load multiple MP4 files into the application for covnersion at one time to save your precious time. You can easily convert MP4 to HitFilm Express most compatible H.264 MP4 video with perfect quality and super fast conversion speed. To get the proper audio codec, just click “Settings” to open the “Profile Settings” window, in audio section, from “Codec” drop-down list, select “aac” to output. You can also flexibly tweaking other settings according to your own needs.

Related article: Edit MP4 with HitFilm Pro | Import H.265 to HitFilm Pro | Edit 4K Video with HitFilm Pro

Edit MP4 files with built-in editing options

Apart from converting MP4 video for you, this program also works as a beneficial MP4 video editor to assist you to complete some basic editing tasks such as trimming or cut video clips to remove unwanted parts in the beginning or end, crop video black edges or unwanted size area, add video/image/transparent text watermark to video, apply special rendering effect, change video saturation, brightness or contrast, insert external subtitle, flip or rotate video orientation, remove/replace audio in video, etc

For Mac users, please switch to download Pavtube Video Converter for Mac to complete the same convresion on macOS High Sierra, macOS Sierra, Mac OS X El Capitan, Mac OS X Yosemite, etc.

How to Convert Unsupported MP4 for HitFilm Express 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 video

Step 2: Specify output file format.

Clicking the Format bar, from its drop-down list, select one of HitFilm Express 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 Express 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 Express 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 Express for professional post editing workflow.


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