Editing iPhone footage in Avid Media Composer

Avid Media Composer is the longstanding giant in the industry, and for good reason. Its project management capabilities are unparalleled, allowing for easy moving and reloading of projects. Project sharing is also very easy and solid within the Avid shared storage environment. It is created specifically for editors, not as an add-on to an existing product line. You may recorded some videos in MOV format from your iPhone and want to import them to Avid MC for further editing. However, sometimes you may find it a painful experience to import iPhone footage to Avid Media Composer, and you may have encountered various problems. Why? How to get iPhone videos to Avid Media Composer successfully edited? In this guide, you can get the best solution.

Why failed to Import iPhone footage to Avid Media Composer?

In face, this is due to the iPhone video format and codec. iPhone generally records video files as .MOV (the container), which is compressed with H.264 codec. From Avid Media Composer supported file formats list, we can find that MOV is among its supported video type list, but H.264 or H.265 codec can’t be well supported. Best editing formats for Avid Media Composer are listed below:

Avid DNxHD: Create mastering-quality HD media at dramatically reduced file sizes, shattering the barriers to real-time HD productivity.

Avid DNxHR: A greater range of media resolutions. Go from lightweight yet beautifully detailed proxies to mastering-quality HD or 4K. Plus, DNxHR is completely backwards compatible with DNxHD.

So you may encounter some problems when importing iPhone videos to Avid Media Composer . To achieve a fast and fluid workflow, the best solution is transcoding iPhone footage to Avid Media Composer best editing format like DNxHD. And the Pavtube iMedia Converter for Mac will help you a great deal in this task.

With this best iPhone to Avid MC converter, you can easily transcode iPhone footage to Avid Media Composer edit-friendly MOV files in DHxHD codec on Mac. Besides converting iPhone footage to Avid MC supported videos with optimized settings while keeping the video quality, the all-in-one and easy-to-use toolkit can convert all other popular media files like Blu-ray, DVD, AVI, MP4, WMV, MKV, FLV, MTS, VOB, etc. to Avid Media Composer natively supported video formats with fast encoding speed. What’s more, it can be a good video editor and comes with all regular video editing tools like Trim, Crop, Effect, Subtitle, and Watermark. In other words, you can even replace your Avid Media Composer with it. Here is the review.

For Windows users, please get help from Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate. Download the program and learn how to convert iPhone footage to Avid DNxHD format.

Guide: Convert iPhone Footage to Avid Media Composer

Step 1: Add iPhone videos

Install and run the iPhone to Avid Converter on your Mac, then click “Add video” button to load iPhone video files which are copied onto hard drive or directly drag the footage to the program.

Batch conversion is allowed, so you can load more than one iPhone video file to save time. You can also check the "Merge into one" box to join several iPhone video files together.

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Step 2. Select Avid Media Composer as the output format

Hit Format bar to select output format. You can choose “Avid Media Composer > Avid DNxHD(*.mov)” as output format. As we mentioned abpve, it is an ideal and suitable editing format for Avid Media Composer.

Meanwhile, the Video Conversion tool can create iPhone videos compatible with various non-linear editing systems like  Final Cut Pro, Sony Vegas ProAdobe Premiere,Windows Movie Maker, etc.

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Step 3: Optimize output profile parameters (Optional)

By clicking the Settings icon, you can customize audio and video parameters like Video Codec, resolution, bit rate, frame rate, Audio codec, bit rate, sample rate, audio channels. In that way, you can take charge of the size and quality of the output files. 


Step 4: Edit iPhone Footage (Optional)

Hit “Edit” icon (the pencil-like button) on the top to open “Video Editor” window. In the “Video Editor” window, you can find a professional video editing package, including trimming, cropping, spliting, merging, adding subtitles, etc.

When recording videos with iPhone camera, iPhone will rotate the video automatically depends on how you hold it. But when transferring these videos to other devices, you may find your media player cannot play some of them correctly: some are sideways, some are upside down. With this software, you can djust your iPhone video to correct orientation. Just click “Rotate” buttons and then click “OK” to confirm the adjustment.


Step 5: Start to convert iPhone footage to Avid Media Composer

As soon as all the above settings are completed, you can press “Convert” button to start conversion.

After conversion is done, simply click “Open output folder” button to find generated DNxHD encoded MOV videos. Afterwards, you can import the converted iPhone footage to Avid Media Composer for editing smoothly on Mac with ease.

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