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How to Import A Video from Android to Avid Media Composer

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When we try to import a video from Android into Avid Media Composer, usually don't think this is going be to too much of a problem. But after importing the file, issues occurred: we have no video, just audio plays fine; or Avid even can't recognize the file... This article provides possible solutions to get Avid Media Composer to import and edit Android video without hassle.

It's known to all, Android phone/table records videos in h.264 codec. H.264 is the ubiquitous codec, and it looks like it will stay for quite some time. Avid Media Composer supports H.264 via AMA.

In this case, you must first open AMA by going to File > AMA Link...:

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Only the codecs you have installed individually will show up. If you're editing regularly with a varied client-base, it might be a good idea to install all the plug-ins at the beginning. Who wants to scramble for the right plug-in at the last moment while the client is watching? Avid puts this down to the ease with which they can update plug-ins when necessary, but that's just them being lazy. We think they should consider your convenience above their own.

AMA linking usually works fine. If it didn't work for you fortunately, a workaround is to transcode Android video to any intermediary codec like DNxHD for Avid Media Composer. Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac is highly recommended here. The program is an easy-to-use yet professional Android video converter. It's able to convert H.264 MP4 files from Android to Avid more compatible format DNxHD video. With it, you may also encode Android video to Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, iMovie and more NLE programs highly compatible formats for editing. If you meet the Android video editing issue on Windows PC, please get Brorsoft Video Converter to solve the problem. Download it and follow the guide to convert Android H.264 files to DNxHD.

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Convert and Import Android Video to Avid Media Composer

Step 1. Launch Brorsoft Video Converter program and click the "Add" button to load h.264 .mp4 videos for converting.

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Step 2. Click Format on the main interface and choose Avid Media Composer > Avid DNxHD(*.mov) as output format.

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Tip: This H.264 to DNxHD converter allows you to adjust the video and audio settings. Click "Settings" icon to set video resolution, bitrate, frame rate as you like.

Step 3. After above settings, hit "Convert" button to start transcoding Android video to DNxHD for directly importing to Avid Media Composer.

After a quick conversion, you can click the Open icon to locate the converted DNxHD MOV files. Now import your new DNxHD files into Avid Media Composer 4/5/6/7/8 to start your editing workflow.

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