MP4 to Avid Media Composer - Edit MP4 in Media Composer

Avid Media Composer Not Recognize MP4 Files - Fixed Now

Edit MP4 in Avid Media Composer

How to import MP4 Files to Avid Media Composer without Errors? As known to all, MP4 format is the best format for playing on digital devices, such as Smart TVs, tablets and smartphones. If you are owner of Avid Media Composer, your main concern would be is it possible to import MP4 video to Avid Media Composer for editing. Well, the result my let you down. When loading 4K MP4 footage into Avid Media Composer, it always gives an "unsupported" error. In this article, we will quickly explores the best method to let Avid Media Composer handle MP4 format perfectly.

"Is it possible for Avid Media Composer to accept a 4K MP4 file? I'm asking because I want to use a 4k video but it seems it can only fit on a MP4 file not a MOV file and Avid Media Composer doesn't MP4, I'm just wonder for any recommendations on how get a MP4 file into Avid Media Composer."

"I need to edit some videos but some of them are in .mp4 extension, is there any way to import it to Avid Media Composer? The videos are just screen capture with no audio."

Does Avid Media Composer support MP4 format? Why you can't import MP4 to Avid Media Composer? Follow this article to find the answers and useful solutions to fix MP4 file import failure error in Avid Media Composer.

MP4 is a digital multimedia container format most commonly used to store video and audio. We can obtain MP4 videos in different ways, such as we can download MP4 MV and movies from internet, record 4K and 1080P MP4 with smartphone or camera, export MP4 format from video editing software, etc. Frankly speaking, the problem on how to edit MP4 files in professional editing software is very common for users since MP4 is widely used.

Issues Importing MP4 files to Avid Media Composer - Solution

The codec inside MP4 is not supported by Avid Media Composer. Although Avid Media Composer does support MP4 containers, it is the codec inside the MP4 file that determines whether Avid Media Composer can properly import and edit MP4. In detail, the MP4 codec issues are complex depending on the source video, Avid Media Composer version, and system version. How to import and edit H.265/HEVC, XAVC S, XAVC I, XAVC HS... MP4 format in Avid Media Composer without errors? Don't worry, since the major reason is incompatible MP4 codec, the most efficient solution is to transcode the MP4 codec for Avid Media Composer.

How to Convert MP4 to Avid Media Composer Friendly Formats

Need a 100% useful way to import MP4 to Avid Media Composer without error? Since MP4 always encapsulate high-quality video, you must hope to keep the high quality similar to the source MP4 footage. Then it is very necessary for you to get one effective solution to convert MP4 to Avid Media Composer supported format with high quality. Turning MP4 to Avid Media Composer compatible formats via Acrok Video Converter Ultimate is the answer. This amazing video converter lets you convert MP4 to DNxHD, ProRes, H.264, MOV, and hundreds of other formats in one click without losing the original picture quality.

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Features of MP4 to Avid Media Composer Converter

Accept all MP4 files with different encoded video/audio streams
Output MP4 in file formats natively supported by Avid Media Composer
Convert videos in 3 Steps without causing any quality loss
Rip and convert Blu-ray/DVD to common format for playing on digital devices
Easy editing experience: cut, crop, merge, stabilize...

The following guide will take Acrok Video Converter Ultimate Windows version for an example. Mac version shares the same process.


Add MP4 files to the software.

Drag and drop MP4 videos to the application. Or you can click "Add File" button to browse and locate your source video files. The app supports batch conversion, so you can add more than one file at one time.

MP4 to Avid Media Composer Converter


Choose an Avid Media Composer Compatible Format.

The "Format" tray locates in the buttom of the window. From "Editing Software" you're suggested to select "Avid DNxHD 1080P (*.mov)" for further importing and editing in Avid Media Composer.

Convert MP4 to DNxHD MOV for Avid Media Composer

DNxHD MOV is not the only option that can import to Avid Media Composer. You can also select H.264 MP4, QuickTime MOV from "Common Video" category and select MP4 (encoded with H.264 codec) as the output file. The generated file can preserve image quality with the smallest file size when using in Avid Media Composer. But if you stuff your computer with RAM and it has enough processing power, but this is always going to be second-best to working with a codec (e.g. Apple ProRes 422, ProRes 4444) that is designed for editing.


Start converting MP4 to Avid Media Composer.

After everything is OK, hit the big "Convert" button. Wait for a while and the video converter will do the trick. You will soon have your .avi video into a format that's recognizable and editable by Avid Media Composer without any trouble.

Final Words:

In fact, Avid has removed and doesn't add the the ability of Media Composer to import MP4 files. Maybe we can find the answer from some words from Avid's official blog: "Our previous MP4 file format was limited to decoding for playback. We have never offered support for encoding MP4, and overall usage of this format has been very low." And H.265/HEVC MP4, XAVCS MP4, XAVC HS MP4 are not natively supported by most post-production tools.

Transcoding with Acrok Video Converter Ultimate should be a very helpful method. You can use H.264 MP4, ProRes or DNxHD as the final editing format. To scratch the surface, ProRes files are loosely compressed, and your GPU finds it easy to process them during both editing and playback. This is not the case with H.264 files, and they do require more processing than ProRes.

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