Editing Sony FS7 footage in Adobe Premiere

Couldn’t work with Sony FS7 footage in Adobe Premiere smoothly? Read this post to learn a workaround to get Adobe Premiere handling Sony FS7 footage better.

Issues editing Sony FS7 4K footage in Adobe Premiere
“Hello, I’m having issues editing Sony FS7 4K footage in Adobe Premiere CC2015. I have a computer with i7 8 core 12mb RAM and nVIDIA CUDA GPU. It hangs at full resolution, stutters at 1/2 resolution, plays fine at 1/4 and 1/8. I occasionally get audio & video out of sync issues (video hangs, audio keeps playing) and program crashing errors. How can I go through this? Any ideas? Thanks in advance.”
convert Sony FS7 footage on a Mac or Windows
You may consider transcoding your footage to an edit friendly format for using in Adobe Premiere flawlessly. For transcoding, we would recommend HD Video Converter, very good software and customer service. Learn a guide on how to accomplish format conversion.

How to transcode Sony FS7 footage for Premiere editing?

Here’s what you need
HD Video Converter
You can download a demo version (for both, PC and Mac) to have a try. They are not free but it totally worth it.
Sony FS7 footage to Premiere Pro ConverterMac Sony FS7 footage to Premiere Pro Converter

Follow these steps:
Step 1: Start up HD Video Converter as a Sony FS7 Video to Premiere Pro Converter.

Step 2: Click ‘Add File’ to import Sony FS7 video recordings to the program.
sony fs7 xavc to premiere converter

Step 3: Select output format
1) Convert Sony FS7 footage to DNxHD .mov for Premiere
If you are on a Windows PC, from the Profile list, choose ‘Avid DNxHD 1080p (*.mov)’ as output under ‘Avid Media Composer’ column.
sony fs7 xavc to dnxhd

2) Encode Sony FS7 footage to ProRes .mov for Premiere
If you are on a Mac computer, from the Profile list, choose ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as target format under ‘Final Cut Pro’ catalogue.
sony fs7 xavc to prores

3) You can also choose the WMV, MPEG-2, and MOV under ‘Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas’ column as output, but these three formats may cause lossy quality more or loss, so the DNxHD .MOV and Prores .MOV are recommended for lossless quality.
sony fs7 xavc to mov

Step 4: Custom video and audio settings (for advanced users)
Click ‘Settings’ button, the ‘Profile Settings’ panel pops up, on which you are able to modify video and audio settings like resolution, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channel.

Step 5: When ready, click ‘Convert’ to start transcoding Sony FS7 footage to Premiere  supported file format. As soon as the conversion is complete, click ‘Open’ button to locate the generated files and now you are able to open them in Premiere for post production with optimal performance

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