How to work with H.265/HEVC files in Avid system?


If you are looking for an easy and direct way to work with H.265/HEVC files in Avid system, you may have interest in this post. It displays a workaround to transocode H.265/HEVC video to DNxHD format for use in Avid fluidly without incompatibility issues.
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High Efficiency Video Encoding (HEVC), also known as H.265, is a new codec that has been growing in popularity since its recent unveil. It has proven to be faster and much more efficient than H.264 and in a few years there’s a good chance we’re all going to be using it.

H.265 reduces file size by roughly 39-44% at the same quality compared to H.264. This means a relief on bandwidth restraints that plague viewers of HD streaming video.

One of the most fascinating aspects of H.265 is the improved efficiency in encoding pixel data. Instead of encoding a grid, it groups larger tile like pixels, increasing parallel processing and decode sections individually, simplifying resynchronization. This works because the codec is able to lump similar pixels into a single data chunk, removing the linear processes of scanning each individual pixel.

H.265 (HEVC) brings new era of HD & Ultra-HD for video shooting, but it also brings big problems for video production. That’s because major NLE systems do not have native support for H.265/HEVC currently, including Avid MC, Edius, Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro X, Sony Vegas, and DaVinci Resolve.

In our former posts, we have talked about how to use H.265 in Edius, how to work with HEVC/H.265 in FCP X and how to edit H.265 files in DaVinci Resolve. Here in this post, we would like to continue talking about how to convert H.265/HEVC to DNxHD for use in Avid system.

HEVC (H.265) is a pretty new codec, which is not natively supported by Avid. You will need to convert it to a more Avid friendly codec prior to AMA linking. This requires third party H.265/HEVC Converter to process file conversion. Read on to find a step-by-step guide talking about how to convert H.265/HEVC files to DNxHD for use in Avid system with optimum performance.

Software requirement
Video Converter
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[Guide] How to convert H.265/HEVC video files for editing in Avid?

Follow these steps:
Step 1: Start up Video Converter as a professional H.265/HEVC Converter for Avid. When its main interface pops up, click ‘Import’ to input your source media.
convert H.265/HEVC video files for editing in Avid

Step 2: Select DNxHD as output format for Avid
Move to ‘Profile’ list and choose ‘Avid DNxHD (*.mov)’ as output format under ‘Application’ column.

If you want to convert H.265/HEVC to ProRes for Avid on a Windows PC, you can choose ‘Apple ProRes 422’ as output format under ‘Application’ column.

Important: To avoid ‘no picture only sound issue’ in the generated ProRes files while playing them back in QuickTime, you will need to download the ProRes codec for Windows.

To convert H.265/HEVC to ProRes for EDIUS on a Mac, you can select ‘Apple ProRes 422’ as output format under ‘Final Cut Pro’ column.
convert H.265/HEVC to DNxHD for EDIUS

Step 3: Custom 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.

Step 4: Start H.265/HEVC files to DNxHD/ProRes MOV Conversion
When ready, click ‘Start’ to begin format conversion. As soon as the conversion is complete, you can click ‘Open Folder’ button to get the exported DNxHD/ProRes MOV files for use in Avid system with optimum performance.

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