Sony PMW-EX1/EX3 XDCAM EX to Premiere Pro Workflow

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Sony PMW-EX1/EX3 XDCAM EX to Premiere Pro Workflow

Postby lydia622520 » Wed Sep 18, 2013 7:18 am

Summary: Facing issues importing Sony PMW-EX1/EX3 XDCAM EX footage into Premiere Pro for further editing? Fortunately, there is an easy workflow for this. Let's find it out here.


"I'm in the market for a good camcorder, Sony PMW-EX1 or EX3 look intriguing. The only concern is Sony PMW-EX1/EX3 XDCAM Compatible with Premiere Pro?"

No matter you’re using or going to have Sony PMW-EX1 or PMW-EX1 EX3, you may wanna know the compatibility of the Sony XDCAM media with Premiere Pro. In this page, I will give you the answer.

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 PMW-EX1/EX3 to Premiere Pro directly. Well, is Premiere Pro CS6 compatible with all the Sony XDCAM media? No, importing, editing problems still occurred from time to time like “the file has no audio or video streams”…

To achieve your goal to edit Sony PMW-EX1/EX3 footage with Premiere Pro, below is simple tutorial to make it smoother to get those XDCAM files off of a memory card or hard drive to Premiere Pro– and without XDCAM plugin.

Converting Sony PMW-EX1/EX3 XDCAM to edit in Premiere Pro

The quick workaround is to use an easy-to-use yet professional application Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac. With it, you can transcode raw XDCAM footage to MEPG-2 for using in Adobe Premiere Pro directly. If you are on Windows, Video Converter is for you. Just download it and follow the tutorial below guide to achieve your goal.

1. Launch the Sony XDCAM Converter, you can click "Add Video" button (or "Add from folder") to load source files from PMW-EX1/EX3. Convert supports batch conversion, so you are allowed to add multiple files to convert at a time.

2. Select " Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas > MPEG-2 (*.mpg)" as output format for Premiere Pro.


3. Adjust the video and audio parameters, including the Bitrate of Video&Audio, Video Size, Sample Rate, Frame Rate, Audio Channels, etc., by clicking the Settings button on the main interface for getting the best quality.

4. Click the convert button to start transcoding Sony PMW-EX1/EX3 XDCAM for Adobe Premiere Pro.

After the process completes, click "Open" button to find the generated videos, and then you can transfer the recordings to Adobe Premiere easily and quickly.

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