The Solution to Import BPAV files to Adobe Premiere Pro for Editing

Want to re-link .MPG or .MOV files in Adobe Premiere Pro from BPAV files? This article provides you simple workflow to directly capture footage from BPAV folder structure and convert BPAV file to MPEG-2 or MOV for easily editing and re-linking in Adobe Premiere Pro.

Like the Panasonic P2 format, the Sony XDCAM EX is solid-state recording format for video production that eliminates tape from the workflow. Adobe Premiere has advantages when working with XDCAM EX format, because it doesn’t transcode XDCAM EX into another file format, editors can edit the camera source files directly. File formats can also be mixed and matched in the software’s timeline, making the editing process much faster.

You can import assets into Premiere Pro directly from tapeless media. However, it is more efficient to transfer tapeless media contents to a hard disk before importing. Also, playback performance is much better from a dedicated internal hard drive or RAID than from a camera or memory card reader.

A good workflow between XDCAM EX media and Premiere Pro is to make sure you copy the entire BPAV folder structure and its contents from memory card to hard drive, not just one MP4 file at a time. Do not use Sony conversion utility software. Then in Premiere, import using the Media Browser, NOT “file > import”. Media Browser will access the metadata to better understand and interpret the files you are importing, especially when sometimes audio and video might be in different folders.

If for whatever reason you still have issues working with XDCAM EX BPAV files in Premiere Pro through the way above, we would recommend you to use UFUWare HD Video Converter (for Mac) transcoding BPAV MP4 files to format that is best suitable for use in Adobe Premiere, such as DNxHD or ProRes. Read on to find a step by step guide on how to convert BPAV files for Premiere editing.

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Guide: Convert BPAV Files to Adobe Premiere Pro MPEG-2 format

Step 1. Add source BPAV files

Launch the BPAV file converter and click “Add File” button to locate the BPAV .mp4 file(s) you want to add. Select all BPAV files and click Merge, you can join several .mp4 clips together if necessary.

Step 2. Decide output format

Choose Premiere Pro preferred format. Click “Format” pull down list to select Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas> MPEG-2(*.mpg) as the best video format for Premiere Pro. WMV, MOV formats are the good choice as well.

Tip: Click “Settings” to fix the frame rate, bitrate, video size, etc to your needs. To have a smooth editing with Adobe Premiere Pro, you need create the files with the appropriate resolution and frame rate that matches your source footage.

Step 3. Start transcoding BPAV videos to Adobe Premiere Pro

Click the big “Convert” button at the bottom right corner to finish encoding BPAV files to MPEG-2 for Adobe Premiere Pro.

Once the conversion finished, you can find the output files by clicking “Open” button on the main interface, then you can transfer the encoded BPAV files to Premiere Pro CC/CS6/CS5/CS4 to do further editing.

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