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Jul 07

Make Sony a7 II XAVC S Recognized by Avid Media Composer on Mac OS X

You cannot get rid of the trouble when importing your XAVC S MP4 recordings to Avid Media Composer which shot from Sony a7 II camera? If so, you may wish to read this post. It explains an easy to convert Sony a7 II XAVC S video for editing in Avid with good quality. From XAVC S MP4 to DNxHD MOV, you are supposed to get a XAVC to Avid Converter that can do this work well.

Issues when importing Sony a7II XAVC files to Avid Media Composer?

”Hi, I’m trying to import video recordings from the new Sony a7 II to Avid MC6. The camera uses a flavor of MP4 that is called XAVC-S. I have tried the traditional importing method, but there’s no go. I have also tried the AMA plug-in created by Sony, unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to support Sony a7 II XAVC-S footage. Does that mean I have to use 3rd party software to convert formats? If so, does anyone know of a good XAVC-S Converter that is worth trying?’

Relationship between XAVC S files and NELs (Example: Avid MC)

Since the XAVC S footage is a peripheral non-standard format which is not supported by Avid Media Composer, Some other NELs are not suitable too, such as FCP, Sony Vegas etc. In order to import Sony Alpha a7II XAVC S footage into FCP for smoothly editing, we can render to the famous third-party software Pavtube XAVC S to Avid MC Converter for Mac to help us to convert XAVC to Avid MC friendly format like – DNxHD .mov.

Tips: For those Windows users, Windows XAVC Converter is also allowed here. What I need to mention is with the upgraded version 4.8.2, this windows product can support the latest video codec H.265/HEVC well. Do you wanna a try?


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Guide: How to convert XAVC S to DNxHD MOV for editing in Avid MC?

Step 1: Start up HD Video Converter as a professional Sony a7 II XAVC S MP4 Converter. When its main interface pops up, click ‘Add File’ to input your source media with individual clips or in a complete folder.

Step 2.Select suitable output for Avid
Convert Sony a7 II XAVC S MP4 files to DNxHD for Avid MC. From ‘Format’ bar on the main interface, just drop down the list and select ‘Avid Media Composer DNxHD (*.mov)’ as output format under ‘Avid Media Composer’ column.

Step 3. Optional function to customize video and audio settings
If necessary, you can click ‘Settings’ button and go to ‘Profiles Settings’ panel to modify video and audio settings like video encoder, resolution, video bit rate, frame rate, aspect ratio, audio encoder, sample rate, audio bit rate, and audio channels. 3D settings are also available.

Step 4. Then we are going to come to the final step, click the ‘Convert’ button on the main interface and start out job. If you are the first time to work with this Avid MC, some related tips you can take a reference in this transferring article. What’s more, this third-party can hold almost all formats for editing in various popular editing tools, that’s why it has a good reputation online.

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