Read this article about Premiere Pro CS5.5/CS4/CS3 and Sony PMW-EX1R Workflow. You'll get what you want.
Like its predecessor, the Sony PMW-EX1R's core is its three 1/2"-type CMOS sensors and 14x Fujinon zoom lens. This heavyweight imaging combo captures full 1920 x 1080 hi-def images to solid state SxS PRO memory cards (sold separately) at multiple bit rates, resolutions and frame rates. Whether you're shooting weddings, documentaries or feature films, there's a frame rate and resolution for you--from 60fps and native 23.98p recording at 720p, to 1fps at 1080i. Are you ready to purchase the EX1R? Some users’ last concern is getting footage into Adobe Premier Pro. How about the compatibility of Sony PMW-EX1R and Premiere Pro CS5.5/CS4/CS3?
Well, I have purchased a new Sony PMW-EX1R and I am editing on Premier Pro CS5.5 (Mac). Premier won't work with the MP4 files that the EX1R generates. I searched widely for a way around this. And get the solid solution yet.
Adobe Premiere Pro will work with some MP4 files, but not all. The problem is that they are not the same, which may contain different video/codec and various video frame rates. Like the XDCAM EX MP4 video from Sony EX1R is not an ideal editing format for Premiere Pro. You can try converting the files with some third-party software solutions like Cineform or Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac (It’s the app I’m using.).
Overall, Brorsoft’s Video Converter Mac can enable you to effortlessly transcode XDCAM EX MP4 videos (from Sony PWM-EX1R/EX1/EX3 ) to MPEG-2 files, which will create an Premiere friendly file format for smooth editing. Besides Premiere Pro, this software can also export DNxHD for Aivd MC, Apple ProRes for Final Cut Pro, AIC for iMovie/Final Cut Express and more NLE systems for native editing. If you are on Windows, just turn to Brorsoft Video Converter. Now get the step-by-step instruction below.
Premiere Pro CS5.5/CS4/CS3 and Sony PMW-EX1R Workflow
Step 1: Install and launch the Sony PMW-EX1R video converter on Mac and click the "Add" button to load EX1R separate .mp4 files for converting.
Tip: Check the "Merge into one" box, you can join several EX1R clips together.
Step 2: Select “Format” pull down list to select Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas> MPEG-2(*.mpg) as the best video format for Premiere Pro.
Step 3: To get a perfect video for editing in Premier Pro CS5.5/CS4/CS3, you’d better press the Settings icon to set the video size as 1920*1080, frame rate as 30fps in the Profiles Settings panel.
Note: For MPEG-2(*.mpg) output format, 30fps is the highest frame rate which can be recognized in Adobe Premier Pro. If you really want to keep the original frame rate, you’d better choose Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas --> WMV (VC-1) (*.wmv) as the export format.
Step 4: After above settings, hit "Convert" button to start transcoding Sony EX1R MP4 to MPG for directly importing to Premier Pro CS5.5/CS4/CS3.
Once the process completes, you can click "Open" to locate the .mpg files ready to be imported into Adobe Premiere Pro.
If you wanna transcode Sony PMW-EX1R footage to FCP X or FCP 6/7, choose Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov); for iMovie or FCE 4, choose the "iMovie and Final Cut Express -> Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)"; and for Avid MC, "Avid Media Composer > Avid DNxHD(*.mov)" is the choice.
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