How to import m2v files to Avid, Premiere and Sony Vegas?

Summary: Came upon issues while importing M2V files to Avid, Premiere and Sony Vegas for post production? No worry, this post will shed you some light on your issue by transcoding .m2v files to an intermediate format that is full compatible with your editing program.

How do I import M2V files into Avid/Adobe Premiere/Vegas so I can edit them?
“Hi, guys, my cameraman filmed some underwater recordings in HD. He downloaded the video recordings as m2v on flash drive. When I tried to import the m2v files into Avid Media Composer it caused Avid to quit. The same issue happened when I attempted to import the M2V files to Premiere and Sony Vegas. Do I need to convert these m2v files to another format or how do I import them into Avid/Adobe Premiere/Vegas so I can edit them? Any help is appreciated. Thanks!”

Avid MC, Adobe Premiere and Sony Vegas will import properly (most formats) if you have the full card structure. If for some reason you don’t have the full structure, you will have to convert M2V files to a format that is suitable for editing in Avid, such as MOV. This requires third party software like Video Converter. This converter program offers optimal format presets for mostly used NLE apps, which makes it possible for you to use the exported files in Avid, Premiere, Sony Vegas, iMovie, FCE, FCP X without incompatibility issues.

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How to convert M2V files to MOV for Avid, Premiere and Sony Vegas?

Follow these steps:
Step 1: Start up Video Converter as a professional M2V Converter for Avid/Premiere/Vegas. When its main interface pops up, click ‘Add File’ to input your source media.

Step 2: Select output format for your NLEs
1) Create editable file from M2V for Avid MC
From ‘Format’ bar, select ‘Avid DNxHD (*.mov)’ as output format under ‘Avid Media Composer’ column.
create editable file from M2V for Avid MC
Important: If you’ve loaded a number of video clips to do batch conversion, please do remember ticking off ‘Apply to All’ option before you start.

2) Convert M2V files for Premiere
If you are running Premiere Pro on a Windows PC, you can from ‘Format’ bar, select ‘Avid DNxHD (*.mov)’ as output format under ‘Avid Media Composer’ column.

If you are using Premiere Pro on a Mac, you can select ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as output format under ‘Final Cut Pro’ column.
convert M2V files for Premiere

In addition to DNxHD and ProRes, you can also select ‘MOV (AVC) (*.mov)’ as output format under ‘Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas’ option.

3) Transcode M2V video for Sony Vegas
Click the drop-down list besides ‘Profile’, choose ‘Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas > MOV (AVC) (*.mov)’ as the most compatible format for Vegas with best quality. You can choose ‘MPEG-2 (*.mpg)’, or ‘WMV (VC-1) (*.wmv)’ as well.
transcode M2V video for Sony Vegas
This method is also available when you want to edit M2V files in Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects.

Step 3: Custom video and audio settings
If necessary, you can click ‘Settings’ button and go to ‘Profiles Settings’ panel to modify video and audio settings like video encoder, resolution, video bit rate, frame rate, aspect ratio, audio encoder, sample rate, audio bit rate, and audio channels. 3D settings are also available.

Step 4: Start M2V files to MOV Conversion
When ready, click ‘Convert’ to start format conversion. As soon as the conversion is complete, you can click ‘Open Folder’ button to get the exported MOV files for use in Avid apps, Adobe Premiere or Sony Vegas with optimum performance.

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