How to work with MP4 files in adobe premiere

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MP4 files are video files encoded with MPEG-4, a video format developed specifically for online use. Because the format takes up less space than other video formats and the video quality is high, it has also become popular with camcorders and other digital cameras that record or save to hard drives or memory cards. Adobe Premiere has preset sequence settings for MP4 files that allow real-time editing.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Open Adobe Premiere Pro. Click "File," "New" and select "Project." Enter a name for the project and click "OK." Click "OK" to accept the Sequence preset.

  2. 2

    Drag and drop an MP4 file into the Project panel or right-click in the panel, select "Import" and navigate to the location of your MP4 file. Double-click the file to load it in the panel.

  3. 3

    Right-click the file and select "Properties." Make a note of the image size and frame rate of the MP4 file. For optimum framing and editing, your sequence preset should match those settings.

  4. 4

    Click "File," "New" and then "Sequence." Click the arrow to expand the XDCAM EX preset. If your MP4 image size is 1280 by 720, click the arrow to expand 720p. If your MP4 image size is 1920 by 1080, click the arrow to expand 1080p.

  5. 5

    Click a preset that matches the frame rate of your MP4 file. For example, if the frame rate of your file is 30 frames per second and the file is 1280 by 720 pixels in size, select "XDCAM EX 720p 30p" as the preset. Enter a name for the Sequence in the "Sequence Name" text box and click "OK."

  6. 6

    Highlight the original Sequence in the Project panel and press "Delete" to remove it. Drag the MP4 file into the Video 1 timeline and edit it as you would any other video file.

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