Sony XDCAM EX camcorders write MP4 files into a folder named BPAV. Generally, in Adobe Premiere Pro, importing BPAV sources with Media Browser is usually workable. If you want to transfer BPAV folder to a hard disk, you need to copy the entire BPAV folder and its contents, not just one MP4 file at a time. Or the file would be corrupted.
“I recently shot a short film on a Sony EX3. The camera guy provided me with BPAV MP4 files, and I have a client in another city. They want to view the Sony EX3 files, and maybe even do simple straight cut editing. But I find the Adobe Premiere Pro CC/CS6/CS5 is not available. Any idea?”
No matter you’re using or going to have Sony EX1 or EX3, you may wanna know the compatibility of the Sony XDCAM media with Premiere Pro. Until Premiere Pro CS6 version, Adobe provides native support for Sony XDCAM, XDCAM EX, and XDCAM HD (including XDCAM HD 50) cameras and content with no transcoding required. If you have the old versions, Premiere Pro CS3/CS4/CS5, there’s no luck for importing Sony EX1/EX3 to Premiere Pro directly. Here you’d better seek for an alternative way. A common practical way we recommended is to convert BPAV files to Premiere Pro best accepted one, and MPEG-2 is the optimal format.
Which software can we apply? Here the top option is Pavtube Video Converter. If you are running on Mac operating system, you can refer to Pavtube Video Converter for Mac (review). With it, you can effortlessly convert BPAV MP4 files to Premiere Pro supported MPEG-2, and it works well and converts flawlessly. Meanwhile, this video converter can create files compatible with NLEs like FCP, Avid Media Composer, iMovie, After Effects, DaVinci Resolve and etc.
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How to import Sony EX1/EX3 BPAV files to Premiere Pro?
Step 1: Download, install and launch the corresponding program. Drag and drop BPAV MP4 files to the software. You can import multiple files at once thanks to batch conversion.
Step 2: Click the drop-down list in the format line to get the format box. Then choose “Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas>>MPEG-2 (*.mpg)” as output format.
Step 3: Click “Settings” button to customize the output video and audio settings by yourself. But if you are not good at it, you’d better use the default parameters, they will ensure you a good balance between file size and image quality basically. You can change the resolution, bit rate, frame rate as you need.
Step 4: You can preview to check the final result. Once you are satisfied with it, click the “Convert” button to start converting BPAV MP4 to MPEG-2 .mpg format. It will take you a little while.
Conclusion: After conversion, you can get the generated files by clicking “Open” button. Now, you’ll get no troubles in editing Sony EX1/EX3 BPAV files in Premiere Pro CC/CS6/CS5. Follow the steps and have a try!