How can I work with H.265/HEVC movies in Avid Media Composer without corresponding AMA plugin? This post presents a workaround to make H.265/HEVC movies editable in Avid MC.
Anyone knows when we will have AMA plugin available for HEVC/H.265?
“Hey, guys, I have a new Samsung NX1 camera which records 4K files in HEVC/H.265 codec. The footage is really amazing but I cannot edit it in Avid MC without transcoding right now. The camera came with a utility that converts to H.264 (it’s not a really good format for editing). It works but it is slow (it doesn’t utilize the video card GPU) and the resulting file is about 3.5 times larger. Anyone knows when we will have AMA plugin available for HEVC/H.265? Or is there any other workaround to go through this? Thanks.”
If you are intending to edit H.265/HEVC video files in Avid MC, you will need H.265/HEVC AMA plugin for Avid MC. Unfortunately, this is not supported in the current product, and you will have to transcode to a DNxHD codec for editing purposes. Here’s a quick guide on how to transcode H.265/HEVC video to DNxHD for use in Avid with optimum performance.
[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.
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, you can select ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as output format under ‘Final Cut Pro’ column.
Note that the ProRes profile is only available in the Mac version of this Video Converter.
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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