Edit Sony Alpha a5100 AVCHD/XAVC S/MP4 footage in Avid

Summary: What’s the best workflow between Sony a5100 and Avid? If you are looking for an answer to this question, you may wish to read this post. It displays how to convert Sony Alpha a5100 footage in format of AVCHD/XAVC S/MP4 to DNxHD .mov, so as to use them in Avid fluently without a glitch.

Sony a5100 AVCHD files caused me numerous errors in Avid 5.5
“Hi, fellows, I’m hoping for your help. I am shooting with my new Sony Alpha a5100 camera and using Avid Media Composer to do post-production. I want to create home movies about many trips to other countries. The thing is that the file format is AVCHD which caused me numerous errors (video, sound and images) in Avid 5.5. Am I doing something wrong? Does anyone know how to fix this? Appreciate any and all help. Thanks a lot.”

Well, if Avid can not work with your a5100 AVCHD footage smoothly, you can consider transcoding them to a format that is best suited with Avid before editing, such as DNxHD .mov, which is Avid’s favorite editing format. In the content below, we would like to show you how to use HD Video Converter to encode Sony a5100 AVCHD/XAVC S/MP4 footage to DNxHD .MOV for use in Avid with optimum performance.

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Sony a5100 and Avid workflow – how to transform a5100 videos to MOV for Avid MC?

Follow these steps:
Step 1: Run HD Video Converter as a Sony a5100 to Avid Converter, then click ‘Add File’ icon to load your source media. You can load directly from your camera, or load from a card reader or from an achieved folder that contains your camera footage.

Step 2:Choose output format for Avid MC
From ‘Profile’ list, select ‘Avid Media Composer’ > ‘Avid DNxHD (*.mov)’ as output format.
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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 a5100 shootings to DNxHD that is well compatible with your Avid NLE applications.

Step 5: When the conversion process finished, click ‘Open Folder’ button to get the generated DNxHD MOV files for using with Avids.
Tips: The Sony a5100 Video Converter is capable of processing batch conversion, so you can input loads of your camera 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 after conversion’ and go away to do other things.

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