If you are trying to figure out the best Sony PXW-FS7 workflow with Avid Media Composer, you may have interest in this post. It explains how to convert Sony FS7 XAVC footage to MOV (DNxHD) format, so as to work them with Avid smoothly without incompatibility issues.
Needed to convert XAVC footage from my Sony PXW-FS7 to MOV format for use in Avid MC
“I own a creative advertising, marketing and video production business that’s been active since 2006. Recently we bought a new Sony PXW-FS7 camera, which shoots XAVC footage – a new format absolutely new for us. It’s buggy to edit these FS7 XAVC footage in Avid, so we needed a third party program to convert the XAVC files to DNxHD .mov format for use in Avid Media Composer swimmingly. Can anyone kindly recommend a perfect utility for my intended purpose? I would appreciate any help? Thanks a lot.”
Our Quick Answer: By using HD Video Converter, you are able to transcode Sony FS7 XAVC media to whatever format you need in simple steps. It features great ability to handle Sony XAVC files, being able to convert them to DNxHD .mov, AIC .mov, ProRes .mov and more formats for editing in Avid, iMovie/FCE, FCP and many other NLEs. You can download a free trial version to see if it is able to do what you wnat.
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”I have used the software several times. So far it is working quite well. I am using a laptop with Windows 7 to do the conversion. I then transfer it to Avid for post production. The software is pretty easy to use. I have used others in a trial setting, but this was by far the best I found.” – Travis
“I like your software so far. It seems easy to use and I like all of the presets you have put into the software. Also, the tutorials you have your website have been a great deal of help. I shoot with a Sony F55 camera which records video files in XAVC MXF format. I use your converter to transcode the XAVC footage to DNxHD for editing in Avid on my iMac. So far, the software has been working great. Thanks.” – Fred
Sony PXW-FS7 and Avid workflow – how to convert FS7 XAVC MXF clips to DNxHD .mov for editing in Avid MC?
To do this:
Step 1: Run HD Video Converter as a Sony PXW-FS7 XAVC to Avid Converter, then click ‘Add File’ icon to load source footage. You can load directly from your camcorder, or load from a card reader or from an achieved folder that contains your source media.
Step 2：Choose output format for Avid MC, Avid Symphony or Avid NewsCutter
From ‘Profile’ list, select ‘Avid Media Composer’ > ‘Avid DNxHD (*.mov)’ as output format.
Step 3: Advanced settings (for advanced users)
If you are an advanced user, you can click ‘Settings’ button and go to ‘Profile Settings’ window to custom video and audio settings like resolution, video codec, bit rate, frame rate, audio codec, bit rate, sample rate and audio channel.
Step 4: When ready, click ‘Convert’ button to start converting Sony PXW-FS7 XAVC MXF files to DNxHD MOV that is well compatible with your Avid NLE applications.
Step 5: When the conversion process is complete, click ‘Open Folder’ button to get the generated DNxHD MOV files for using with Avids.
Tips: The Sony PXW-FS7 MXF to Avid Converter is capable of processing batch conversion, so you can input loads of your source clips into it to do format conversion at a time. If you don’t want to wait for the entire format shifting process, you can tick off ‘Showdown computer when conversion completed’ and go away to do other things.
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