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Thread: Preparing Premiere Pro CS5 for editing an iPhone 4 video?

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    Question Preparing Premiere Pro CS5 for editing an iPhone 4 video?

    Upon opening Premiere Pro CS5, I create a new Project and keep the default settings, which are:

    Video Display Format: Timecode
    Audio Display Format: Audio Samples
    Capture Format: DV
    Video Rendering and Playback: Mercury Playback Engine Software Only (this can not be changed)
    Then I create a new Sequence and choose Custom > iPhone 4 as the preset (I didn't create this preset), which is set to:

    Editing mode: Desktop
    Timebase: 24.00fps

    Video Settings
    Frame size: 1280h 720v (1.4587)
    Frame rate: 24.00 frames/second
    Pixel Aspect Ratio: D1/DV PAL Widescreen 16:9 (1.4587)
    Fields: No Fields (Progressive Scan)
    Now let's say I drag an iPhone 4 video into this project and add it to the timeline and straight away go to File > Export > Media... then press Export, I get a weird shaped video.

    This is how it ends up:
    Instead of like this:

    These are the settings of the iPhone 4 video as displayed by KMPlayer (all the iPhone 4 videos are pretty much the same from what I can gather):


    Format : MPEG-4
    Format profile : QuickTime
    Codec ID : qt
    File size : 47.9 MiB
    Duration : 37s 291ms
    Overall bit rate : 10.8 Mbps
    Writing application : 4.3
    Writing library : Apple QuickTime
    Model : iPhone 4
    xyz : +52.7095-002.0033/
    Make : Apple : Apple : 4.3 : iPhone 4

    Video #1

    Format : AVC
    Format/Info : Advanced Video Codec
    Format profile : Baseline@L3.1
    Format settings, CABAC : No
    Format settings, ReFrames : 1 frame
    Codec ID : avc1
    Codec ID/Info : Advanced Video Coding
    Duration : 37s 270ms
    Bit rate mode : Variable
    Bit rate : 10.7 Mbps
    Width : 1 280 pixels
    Height : 720 pixels
    Display aspect ratio : 16:9
    Frame rate mode : Variable
    Frame rate : 23.976 fps
    Minimum frame rate : 23.077 fps
    Maximum frame rate : 25.000 fps
    Resolution : 24 bits
    Colorimetry : 4:2:0
    Scan type : Progressive
    Bits/(Pixel*Frame) : 0.485
    Stream size : 47.6 MiB (99%)
    Title : Core Media Video
    colour_primaries : BT.709-5, BT.1361, IEC 61966-2-4, SMPTE RP177
    transfer_characteristics : BT.709-5, BT.1361
    matrix_coefficients : BT.709-5, BT.1361, IEC 61966-2-4 709, SMPTE RP177
    Any ideas what I am doing wrong?

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    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Near Southampton, UK


    Could try using Capture Format: HDV which is for HD digital video. DV is limited to SD resolutions as I understand it.

    Funny enough I came across this thread from Google when I was search for settings for iPhone 4 video editing in Premier.

    "Given that God is infinite, and that the universe is also infinite... would you like a toasted teacake?"

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