Panasonic AJ-PX270 and Premiere workflow – import PX270 AVC-LongG MXF to Premiere

This post describes an easy and direct workflow for using Panasonic AJ-PX270 AVC-LongG MXF Footage in Premiere Pro CS5, CS6 and the most recent Premiere Pro CC.
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How can I enable Premiere to accept PX270 AVC-LongG MXF footage?
“Hi, there, I’m trying to figure out a way to get Premiere CS6 recognizing PX270 AVC-LongG footage. I have captured loads of video recordings using the AVC-G25/50 with Panasonic AJ-PX270 camcorder. In the P2 viewer everything is OK and I can play the files. But I can’t import the files into Adobe PPro CS6. I also tried FCP X, the same problem as well. Premiere and FCP X both do not accept the PX270 AVC-LongG files. This must be a codec problem that Panasonic has to resolve, but presently my concern is how can I go about this issue NOW? Any ideas? Many thanks.”

If you are shooting with a Panasonic AJ-PX270 using AVC-G25/50 recording mode, you may probably run into the same problem as mentioned above. For an easy, direct and fluid workflow, we do recommend transcoding PX270 AVC-LongG MXF video to a QuickTime MOV format with DNxHD or ProRes codec before editing. This requires third party program like HD Video Converter (it comes with copies running on both Windows and Mac platform).

You can download a demo version to have a try. They are not free but it is totally worth it.
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Panasonic AJ-PX270 and Premiere workflow – convert Panasonic AJ-PX270 AVC-LongG files for Premiere CS5/CS6/CC

Follow these steps:
Step 1: Start up HD Video Converter as a professional Panasonic AJ-PX270 AVC-LongG MXF Converter. When its main interface pops up, click ‘Add File’ to input your source media.
Panasonic AJ-PX270 and Premiere workflow

Step 2: Select output format for Premiere Pro CS5/CS5.5/CS6/CC
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.
import PX270 AVC-LongG MXF to Premiere
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.

In addition to DNxHD and ProRes, you can also select ‘MOV (AVC) (*.mov)’ as output format under ‘Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas’ option.
transcoding PX270 AVC-LongG MXF video to a QuickTime MOV format

This method is also useful when you want to edit Panasonic AJ-PX270 footage in Sony Vegas and Adobe 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 Panasonic AJ-PX270 AVC-LongG MXF 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 Adobe Premiere Pro CS5/CS5.5/CS6/CC with optimum performance. Nothing could be simpler or more immediate.

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