It’s surprising that Avid Media Composer still doesn’t have support for Sony XAVC-S codec. If you want to work with XAVC-S MP4 footage shot on a Sony A77 II camera in Avid, you will have to process format conversion. Here in this post, you will find a step-by-step guide talking about how to encode Sony A77 II XAVC-S MP4 files to DNxHD .mov for use in Avid system smoothly.
With a free firmware update, the Sony A77 II can record 60p/30p/24p movies in the XAVC S format that supports high bit rates. If you are trying to work with Sony A77 II XAVC-S footage in Avid MC, you will come upon incompatibility issues. Currently, most major NLE systems have implemented support for Sony XAVC-S format, but Avid isn’t one of them. To be able to edit Sony A77 II XAVC-S files in Avid, you will need to use third party converter software to transcode them to a format that is suitable for editing in Avid prior. Fortunately, there are third party solutions that can do the trick. HD Video Converter is one of the options. With this little app, you are able to convert Sony A77 II XAVC-S MP4 to DNxHD .mov for use in Avid easily and directly with optimum performance. Read on to find a step-by-step guide talking about how to encode Sony A77 II XAVC-S MP4 to Avid editable file format via using this little app.
Process for rewrapping Sony A77 II XAVC S MP4 files to Avid editable codec
Step 1: Start up HD Video Converter as a Sony A77 II XAVC S Converter for Avid. When its main interface pops up, click ‘Add File’ to input your source media.
Step 2: Choose output format for Avid MC
From ‘Profile’ list, select ‘Avid DNxHD (*.mov)’ as output format under ‘Avid Media Composer’ column.
Important: If you’ve loaded a number of video clips to do batch conversion, please do remember ticking off ‘Apply to All’ option before you start.
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. 3D settings are also available.
Step 4: Start Sony A77 II XAVC S MP4 to DNxHD MOV Conversion
When ready, click ‘Convert’ to start format conversion. As soon as the conversion is complete, you can click ‘Open Folder’ button to get the exported DNxHD MOV files for use in Avid apps with optimum performance.
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