Sony HVR-A1U HDV 60i footage Workflow in Premiere Pro

Summary: The article will help you to solve how to convert Sony HVR-A1U HDV mts files to MPEG-2 format, you can smoothly import/edit Sony HVR-A1U AVCHD into Premiere Pro without rending problmes.

My camera is a HVR-A1U CMOS 1080i HDV Camcorder from Sony. I need to know what settings I should set Adobe Premiere CS5 to (video format you have to pick before starting editing a new video) and also I can not import the mts video in HD. Only when I set my camera to "Sony i-link conversion" does it go on the computer but only in SD. I seen a lot of people have been having the same problem and no one has ever seemed to answer it. Please help me. I have set the input setting on CS5 to HDV capture and it still doesn't work.

The A1U formats are switchable. It can record and play in DVCAM, MiniDV, and the HDV format. The camera has both NTSC and PAL and 50i/60i systems. HDV mts files are produced by A1U HDV camcorder which are not the preferred formats by Premiere Pro. Even you will have problem for logging and transferring these Sony HVR-A1U HDV mts videos to Premiere Pro.

You can get Pavtube MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac. With it, you can convert any HDV and AVCHD camcorder 1080 60p/50p, 1080i, 720p files to MPEG-2 format for editing with Premiere Pro, Final Cut Express, iMovie, Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Studio on Mac quickly and easily. Below is the detailed guide.

Step 1. Download best HDV MTS Video Converter, it’s an excellent software which can convert camera and camcorder files to rich formats, such as AVI, MKV, ProRes 422, AIC, etc.

Step 2. Install and launch this HDV MTS to Premiere Converter. Import the Sony HVR-A1U recorded AVCHD files to the Mac Converter.

(Tip: Before run Pavtube AVCHD Converter for Mac, connect your HDV camcorder to Apple computer via USB cable, find recodings from the camera. Then copy and transfer the files from camera to the Apple hard drive disk.)

Step 3. Click “format”, for editing Sony HVR-A1U HDV files in Premiere Pro, you can click and choose " Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas --> MPEG-2 (*.mpg) or WMV (VC-1) (*.wmv)." which work fine with Premiere Pro.

Step 4. You can click settings button to adjust output parameters, such as resolution, bitrate, etc.

Step 5. Edit function is convenient and easy for you to use, trim, crop, add watermark or adjust effect as you want.

Step 6. Convert Sony HVR-A1U HDV mts video to MPEG-2 for Premiere Pro.

Click the “Convert” button under the preview window, and the Mac MTS to MPEG-2 Converter will start encode Sony HVR-A1U HDV mts footages to MPEG-2 for Sony HVR-A1U, this will save you a lot of time, just have a try.

After the conversion, you can run the Premiere Pro and click File --> Import --> Files to import the resulted files in Premiere Pro.

After the conversion, you can easily load Sony HVR-A1U HDV mts files in Sony HVR-A1U without rendering for editing on Mac.


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