Can DaVin Resolve 18 import MP4 files? I can import and edit Sony ZV-E1 4K H.264 MP4 in DaVin Resolve 18, but the editing software can't read the 4K XAVC HS footage. Why? How can I edit all the MP4 files on my computer?
The ZV-E1 is Sony's fourth ZV series camera, but one that extends the concept to the high-end full-frame realm. It's a camera with the sophisticated selfie mics and face-the-camera approach of the existing ZV models but one that shares many of its internals with the a7S III and FX3. The use of this sensor allows the ZV-E1 to deliver UHD 4K video at up to 60p without having to crop in. The camera records MPEG-4, XAVC S, XAVC HS, XAVC S-I, H.264 and H.265 using an MP4 wrapper that is compatible with most popular NLE systems. However, many users especially the new users find it difficult to import the .mp4 footage from Sony Alpha ZV-E1 to DaVinci Resolve for editing. Actually, there is a way to achieve your goal smoothly. Converting MP4 to DaVinci Resolve supported format with a video converter. Check it out below.
Import Sony ZV-E1 video to DaVinci Resolve by converting MP4 files to ProRes
That's why the second solution is more reliable, An MP4 to ProRes converter can help you change Sony ZV-E1 footage to DaVinci Resolve natively supported Apple ProRes codec, and you'll have no problem importing as well as editing Sony ZV-E1 MP4 files in DaVinci Resolve 18, 17, 16, 15, etc. To transcode 4K XAVC S and XAVC HS MP4 for DaVinci Resolve easily and quickly, Acrok Video Converter Ultimate (For Windows | For Mac) is highly recommended. This program is an all-in-one video converter that can convert camera/camcorder footage, common formats (MKV, AVI, WMV, RMVB, MP4, FLV), Blu-ray, and DVD to 1000+ formats including MP4, MOV, WMV, and more others. With it, you can do batch conversion from Sony ZV-E1 to ProRes encoded MOV files - ensuring maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with DaVinci Resolve. It also supports basic video editing features like Trim, Cut, Crop, Merge, Add Subtitle, etc. Here's how to do it.
Guide: Converting Sony ZV-E1 MP4 to ProRes for DaVinci Resolve
Step 1. Load MP4 files
Install and launch the MP4 to DaVinci Resolve Converter, then click "Add file" button to browse to a Sony ZV-E1 .mp4 clip and the software will add it to file list. Repeat the operation to load multiple .mp4 videos.
Step 2. Select ProRes as the output format
Click "Format" box to choose the output format. For Windows user: Click on the "Editing Software" and you will see options to convert your Sony ZV-E1 MP4 video for certain video editing software. Since you will be importing the video to DaVinci Resolve after the conversion, have Apple ProRes 422 MOV be your selected output format.
For Mac user: Please select Apple ProRes 422 MOV or Apple ProRes 4444 MOV under "Final Cut Pro" category.
Tips: If need, you can click "Settings" to freely change the video and audio settings. To keep the best quality for editing, you'd better keep your original settings. Before the conversion, you can edit the loaded videos by using this 4K Video Converter.
Step 3. Start video conversion
Finally, click "Convert" button and your Sony ZV-E1 files will be converted into ProRes .MOV files ready to be imported into DaVinci Resolve. You're done. Now importing and editing Sony ZV-E1 MP4 footage in DaVinci Resolve is flawless.