I have an MP4 file, and I've tried importing it into Windows Movie Maker, iMovie and Final Cut Pro. In all three programs, the video seems to import just fine, but I can't preview it. It appears in a black bar in the timeline, and the preview window stays black even while it 'playing'.
The video was shot on a Sony PMW-EX1R, and I transferred the contents of the SD card straight to my computer, and I am now attempting to work with the MP4 file that was on the card.
I understand that this is not the correct way to do it and the camera probably uses a codec not supported by the programs mentioned above, but the MP4 file plays just fine in VLC, and all three video editors work with .MP4 and .MOV video shot on my Nikon D3100.
So, how can I get the files to play nice with my editor? Do I need to convert them? Change a setting somewhere?
Under the 'more info' option in finder, where the dimensions of the video would normally be, there's nothing.
Here's the results of mediainfo:
General Complete name : Documents/Removable Disk/BPAV/CLPR/184_0028_01/184_0028_01.MP4 Format : MPEG-4 Commercial name : XDCAM EX 35 Format profile : Base Media / Version 2 Codec ID : mp42 File size : 923 MiB Duration : 3mn 31s Overall bit rate mode : Variable Overall bit rate : 36.5 Mbps Encoded date : UTC 2015-06-19 18:52:18 Tagged date : UTC 2015-06-19 18:52:18 Video ID : 1 Format : MPEG Video Commercial name : XDCAM EX 35 Format version : Version 2 Format profile : Main@High Format settings, BVOP : Yes Format settings, Matrix : Custom Format settings, GOP : M=3, N=12 Codec ID : 61 Duration : 3mn 31s Bit rate mode : Variable Bit rate : 35.0 Mbps Width : 1 920 pixels Height : 1 080 pixels Display aspect ratio : 16:9 Frame rate mode : Constant Frame rate : 25.000 fps Standard : Component Color space : YUV Chroma subsampling : 4:2:0 Bit depth : 8 bits Scan type : Progressive Compression mode : Lossy Bits/(Pixel*Frame) : 0.675 Stream size : 884 MiB (96%) Language : English Encoded date : UTC 2015-06-19 18:52:18 Tagged date : UTC 2015-06-19 18:52:18 Color primaries : BT.709 Transfer characteristics : BT.709 Matrix coefficients : BT.709 Audio ID : 2 Format : PCM Format settings, Endianness : Big Format settings, Sign : Signed Codec ID : twos Duration : 3mn 31s Bit rate mode : Constant Bit rate : 1 536 Kbps Channel(s) : 2 channels Sampling rate : 48.0 KHz Bit depth : 16 bits Stream size : 38.8 MiB (4%) Language : English Encoded date : UTC 2015-06-19 18:52:18 Tagged date : UTC 2015-06-19 18:52:18