Summary: This post aims to offer help for people who encountered failure to import Sony PJ780/790V 1080-60p AVCHD MTS footage to Premiere Pro for further editing. It explains an easy and efficient way to convert PJ780/790 60p MTS files to MOV (DNxHD/ProRes encoded MOV) for use in Premiere with lossless quality.
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“We use a Sony PJ790V to capture video materials and edit its .MTS files in Premiere Pro. We have constantly experienced issues with Premiere Pro not importing sound in .MTS files. We deleted Premiere Pro, reinstalled it and updated everything (not just Premiere Pro), but nothing changed. Why did this horrible problem happen? Is there something we can do to fix it? We appreciate any help. Thanks.”
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“One of my clients delivered some video files to me last week. They are shot on a Sony PJ780 AVCHD camera, which has .MTS file extension. When I tried to import these PJ780 MTS footage to Premiere Pro CS5.5 for editing, I was getting a failure error message “… unsupported compression format”. Never had this issue before. The video was shot at 1080p/60fps. I tried to convert it into AVI format but lost image quality. I will appreciate assistance from anyone with solution. Thanks a lot.”
To be able to make Sony PJ780/790V .MTS files full compatible with Premiere Pro, you are suggested to transcode PJ780/790V 60p AVCHD footage to DNxHD if you are running a Windows PC, or encode Sony PJ780/790V .MTS files to ProRes 422 if you are working with a Mac computer. The two editing formats will maintain original quality of the .MTS files. This requires 3rd party converter like Sony AVCHD to Premiere Pro Converter.
How to convert Sony PJ780/790V 60p .MTS files to DNxHD/ProRes MOV for Premiere Pro?
Follow these steps:
Step 1: Start up Sony AVCHD to Premiere Pro Converter. When its main interface pops up, click ‘Add File’ to input your source media.
Step 2: Choose output format for Premiere Pro
1) Convert Sony PJ780/790V 60p .MTS to DNxHD MOV for Premiere Pro
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.
2) Transcode Sony PJ780/790V 60p AVCHD to ProRes MOV for Premiere Pro
If you are using Premiere Pro on a Mac, you can select ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as output format under ‘Final Cut Pro’ column.
3) You can also select ‘MOV (AVC) (*.mov)’ as output format under ‘Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas’ option.
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.
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 Sony PJ780/790V 60p .MTS to Premiere 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 Premiere Pro with optimum performance.
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