Can't Import 4K ProRes 422 to Avid Media Composer - Solved

How to edit 4K Apple ProRes 422 in Avid Media Composer smoothly?

Edit 4K Apple ProRes 422 in Avid Media Composer

Geate News in NLE. Avid Media Composer is entering into a brand new era! The latest Avid Media Composer 2021 is taken into the next level with some highlights and new features. The native ProRes 422 support would be added into Avid Media Composer now. While the non-linear editor supports ProRes RAW, Media Composer currently only supports linking and playback of ProRes RAW media using the UME plug-in. Exporting ProRes RAW is not supported at this time.  If you have ever worked with 4K ProRes 422 in Avid Media Composer, you would know the pain.

The first issue is that the luminance range is spread after the import in Avid Media Composer. Means that if you shoot with a Nikon Z9 and a Shogun to 16..255 what you can adjust in the camera, then you will end up with clipping of the highlights. Even 16..235 will be shown in the wrong luminance range. Second, ProRes 422 is not decoded as 10bit in Media Composer, what makes the whole processing of ProRes 422 senseless (since if somebody uses ProRes then he is not going for a typical consumer workflow). Third, Media Composer crashes when you import a certain number of Shoghun or Q7+ ProRes 422 files. On an old system the limit was about 20-25 files.

All together Avid Media Composer is not useful for a 4K ProRes 422 workflow up to now. But with the Avid Media Composer, you can expect to eliminate the pain. You never need to worry that the broadcasters that you deal with would like for you to deliver in a native 4K ProRes 422 format. You are also free to downloaded a bunch of Apple ProRes Quicktime 4K clips and get them to load and work in Avid Media Composer. However, if you are using Avid Media Composer 2019 and lower versions Avid Media Composer, 4K ProRes 422 is still the headache. The only way to edit 4K ProRes 22 in Avid Media Composer 2019 and lower version is still to transcode 4K ProRes 422 to DNxHD and other Avid Media Composer supported video. In addition, if your computer is low-end one, you'd better convert 4K ProRes 422 to DNxHD, too, even you are running the latest Avid Media Composer 2021.

Free download ProRes 422 to Avid Media Composer Converter

How to Transcode 4K ProRes 22 to Avid Media Composer?

You can use Acrok Video Converter Ultimate to help you convert 4K ProRes 422 footage to Avid Media Composer compatible DNxHD with no quality loss. Since Media Composer 8.3 and lower versions don't support 4K video, this video converter also can compress 4K ProRes 422 to 1080p for Media Composer.

You are allowed to adjust output video and audio parameters including frame rate, bitrate, codec and audio codec, bitrate, channel, sample rate to make the output video more compatible with Avid Media Composer. Furthermore, with built-in video editor, you can trim video, crop video, merge video, split video before export. You also can add subtitle/watermark to video files, rotate/flip video, edit audio. For Mac users, you can turn to Acrok Video Converter Ultimate for Mac to transcode 4K ProRes 422 to Avid Media Composer better editable format.

Steps to Convert 4K ProRes 422 to Avid Media Composer


Import 4K ProRes 22 footage

Launch the 4K ProRes 422 videos to this best Apple ProRes 422 Converter. Here you can directly drag and drop the 4K ProRes 422 files to the converter, or go to Add file icon to load the 4K ProRes 422 recordings. Batch conversion is supported here.

Apple ProRes 422 Video Converter


Choose Avid Media Composer supported format

Click "Format" option to choose the output format. To make your Avid Media Composer to readthe output files, just choose the most Avid Media Composer accepted "DNxHD (*.mov)" option as output format. You also choose MP4 format to keep high video quality and get the compatibility.

Convert ProRes 422 to DNxHD MOV for Avid Media Composer

In this Apple ProRes 422 video converter, you can click settings button and then you can customize the output parameters, such as video resolution, bitrate, frame rate, etc. if you don’t need to adjust please skip this step.

You can click "Edit" icon to trim, crop, add effect onto 4K ProRes 422 footage.

Edit Apple ProRes 422 video via Acrok software

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.


Start to convert 4K ProRes 422 video to Avid Media Composer

Back to the main interface. Hit the convert button, it will start converting 4K ProRes 422 video for importing to Avid Media Composer immediately. Soon after the conversion, just click "Open" button to get the generated files for natively editing in Avid Media Composer perfectly.

Now, you can import the converted 4K ProRes 422 files into Avid Media Composer and edit them to create your personal film.

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