How can I import Sony PDW-850 MXF footage to Avid MC?

Does Avid MC recognize Sony PDW-850 MXF as import? How can I import Sony PDW-850 MXF footage to Avid MC? If you are seeking answers to these questions, you may come to the right place. This post tells how to transcode Sony PDW-850 MXF footage to DNxHD for editing in Avid editing software beautifully.

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“I shoot some video with my recently purchased Sony PDW-850 camcorder. As I always used Canon DSLR to film in the past I was not aware that the PDW-850 camera produced video files in MXF format which are not read by Avid editing software natively. Now I’m seeking something that would convert Sony PDW-850 MXF to DNxHD for editing in Avid Media Composer 5.5. Can anyone recommend a simple to use and useful converter utility to do what I need? Any advice would be highly appreciated. Thanks in advance!”

Surely, it’s necessary to encode PDW-850 MXF to DNxHD if Avid refused opening them natively. What is the best software to process PDW-850MXF to DNxHD conversion? Give HD Video Converter a shot and you will find it works great as an MXF Converter for Avid Mac and Windows. It will make it quite easy to edit PDW-850 MXF in Avid MC.

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How to transcode Sony PDW-850 MXF footage to DNxHD for Avid MC?

To transcode MXF media to DNxHD for Avid systems, follow these steps:
Step 1: Run HD Video Converter as an MXF to DNxHD Video Converter, and click ‘Add File’ to load Sony PDW-850 MXF clips into it.
Sony PDW-850 MXF to Avid

Step 2:Choose ‘Avid DNxHD(*.mov)’ as output format for Avid editing software.
PDW-850 MXF to DNxHD

Step 3: If necessary, click ‘Settings’ button to modify video and audio settings.

Step 4: When ready, click ‘Convert’ button to start transcoding MXF to DNxHD for Avid NLE application.

Step 5: When finished, click ‘Open’ button to get the generated DNxHD MOV files for working with Avid MC.
Tips: The MXF to Avid Converter is capable of processing batch conversion, so you can input loads of your MXF clips into it to do format conversion at a time. If you don’t want to wait for the entire process of PDW-850 MXF to DNxHD conversion, you can tick off ‘Showdown computer after conversion’ and go away to do other things.

We believe that you are able to edit Sony MXF media smoothly in Avid through this way.

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