Converting Blackmagic 4K files to Premiere Pro CS5/CS6/CC7

The Blackmagic Production Camera 4K is a complete self contained solution for shooting extremely high resolution Ultra HD 4K content. With a built in SSD recorder, it easily captures 4K in ProRes 422 (HQ) and compressed CinemaDNG files. As it claimed although, Blackmagic Production Camera 4K records directly to files that are compatible with editing software, meanwhile problems occurred when importing Blackmagic 4K to Adobe Premiere Pro- computer freezes, unsupported file format. So you may be wondering, how to edit Blackmagic 4K in Premiere Pro beautifully?

As far as we know, the latest version Premiere Pro CS6, CC7 usually can handle 4K files without much problem, but it is extremely hardware intensive. On the other hand, it is a complete nightmare to import Blackmagic 4K ProRes to Premiere Pro – it cannot recognize ProRes codec, and even worse than that is Adobe Premiere Pro(CC7) will import a .MOV file of any codec -Animation/ProRes, whatever doesn’t matter.

To solve the issues, you need to convert Blackmagic 4K video to MPEG-2 for Premiere Pro as primary delivery format. The process is surprisingly easy and can be done with the help of UFUWare HD Converter for Mac. With it, you can effortlessly encode/re-encode Blackmagic 4K ProRes footage for smoothly importing and editing in various non-linear editing systems (NLE), including Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, Final Cut Pro, iMovie, FCE and more. If you work Blackmagic 4K files in Adobe Premiere Pro on Windows, please get UFUWare HD Video Converter. Below is the detailed guide on transcoding Blackmagic 4K files to Premiere Pro friendly video formats.

PS: Refer to 4K Workflow column to get all-round solutions and workflows to play, edit, convert 4K Ultra HD videos in Windows/Mac.

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Converting Blackmagic 4K files to Premiere Pro CS5/CS6/CC7

Step 1: Import source 4K videos

Run 4K to Premiere Converter for Mac and click “Add Video” and load your 4K video files into it. It also supports joining several videos into a single file.

Step 2: Select the output format

Click the Format bar to select output format- Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas > MPEG-2 (*.mpg) for editing raw 4K in Adobe with natively supported video codec.

select mpg for adobe premiere pro

Tips: Click “Settings” button if you’d like to customize advanced audio and video parameters like Video Codec, aspect ratio, bit rate, frame rate, Audio codec, sample rate, audio channels. If you want to get original 4K resolution, just keep the video size as original.

Step 3: Start converting 4K footage

Click the “Convert” button to start the Blackmagic 4K ProRes to MPEG-2 conversion.

When the conversion is finished, you can click “Open” button to get the generated MPG files effortlessly. Launch Premiere Pro on your computer, choose “File > Import to import converted Blackmagic 4K files in Adobe Premiere Pro CS5/CS6/CC7 for further editing.

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