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Trouble Editing MP4 Files in HitFilm - Resolved


MP4 is one of the most common video format and it is officially stated that MP4 is supported by HitFilm. However, when you try to import MP4 to HitFilm to edit the movies, you may get some errors like no sound, software freezing, etc. First of all, have a look at the related issues:

"I'm importing a MP4 video into Hitfilm 4 Express and there is no audio but there is an audio track."

"I mean it has come to the point where the HitFilm is virtually unusable. I am editing with MP4 videos, the format is difficult to deal with."

Many guys are facing the MP4 importing issues with HitFilm including HitFilm 4 Express. Actually, MP4 is a container. An MP4 file could contain data in such formats as XDCAM-EX, AVC, h.264, etc., all of which are vastly different from each other. It is popular for delivery, where it works great, but not for editing.

To get HitFilm and MP4 incompatible issue fixed, a widely recommended and easy solution is to transcode MP4 files to HitFilm preferred MPEG-2 format and then transfer the converted MP4 video to HitFilm for editing.

The article would show you how to change MP4 to HitFilm editing-friendly format step by step with a professional Video Converter from Brorsoft. By running it, you can convert any video file including but not limited to MP4, MKV, AVI, WMV, MOV, MXF, MTS, VOB, FLV, etc to HitFilm compatible format without loosing quality. What's more, this software convert all popular video formats no matter in SD/HD/4K to Sony Movie Studio, Sony Vegas Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, Windows Movie Maker, Pinnacle Studio, Avid Media Composer, PowerDirector, etc natively supported video formats with fast encoding speed. For Mac OS X, you can turn to Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac.

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Steps to convert MP4 to HitFilm more edit-friendly MPEG-2 file

Step 1: Import MP4 files to the software

Load MP4 video to the MP4 file converter program by clicking "Add" button, or drag the MP4 videos to the software directly.


Step 2: Select the output format

Click "Format" bar and choose "Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas > MPEG-2 (*.mpg)" as output format on the drop-down menu.


Tip: Before conversion, you can click the "Settings" icon to customize the video/audio settings Bitrate of Video and Audio, the Codec of Video and Audio, Video Size, Sample Rate, Frame Rate, Audio Channels, etc. for HitFilm.

Step 3: Start conversion

Click the Convert icon under the preview window, and the program will start transcoding MP4 for HitFilm.

When the conversion is finished, you can click "Open" button to get the generated .mpg files effortlessly. Afterwards, you can import converted MP4 clips into Film Express or HitFilm Pro for further editing.

HitFilm Supported Formats

Video: Quicktime, AVI, MOV, MP4 (AVC/H264 & AAC), MPEG-1 (TS, PS, MPE, MPG, MPEG, M2V), MXF (DVCPro HD), DV, HDV, WMV
Audio: AAC, MP3, M4A, MPA, WAV, WMA
Image & sequences: BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG, TIFF, TGA, OpenEXR
Project: HFP (HitFilm Project), HFCS (HitFilm Composite Shot)
Camera data: MA (Maya formatted)
Export: Quicktime, MP4 (AVC/H264 & AAC), Image sequence (PNG, JPG, BMP), AVI (uncompressed, PAL DV, NTSC DV)

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