Couldn’t figure out a way to import Sony FDR-AXP35 XAVC S footage to Avid Media Composer? If so, you may wish to read this post. It displays tricks for working with FDR-AXP35 XAVC S media in Avid via transcoding XAVC S to DNxHD codec.
How can I AMA FDR-AXP35 XAVC S files to Avid MC8?
“Is it possible to import XAVC S 4K (3840 × 2160 30p) files from a Sony FDR-AXP35 to Avid MC for post production. I’m using MC8.3.1. I have tried the traditional importing method — and it’s a no-go. I have also tried AMA using Sony’s XAVC AMA plugin, however this plugin does not seem to support XAVC S. Does anyone know how to AMA the XAVC S files? Please help. Thanks a lot.”
There are a couple of other questions on this topic. Bottom line, Sony has not yet written an AMA plug-in for XAVC-S. As far as we know, no time frame has been given and it may not ever exist. You have two ways to go through this:
1. Change your editing program.
2. Transcode FDR-AXP35 XAVC S files to Avid edit friendly format, like DNxHD. This requires third party software like HD Video Converter. Read on to learn a short tutorial on how to convert FDR-AXP35 XAVC S files to DNxHD for Avid editing.
[Guide] How to encode FDR-AXP35 XAVC S files to DNxHD for Avid editing?
Here’s what you need
HD Video Converter (download the right version depending on your computer system)
Follow these steps:
Step 1. Start up HD Video Converter as the best Sony XAVC-S Converter for Avid. When its main interface pops up, click ‘Add File’ button to import your source files.
1. This converter supports batch conversion, so you can load multiple files to it for conversion at a time.
2. By ticking off ‘Merge into one file’ option, you can combine the selected video clips into a single file.
Step 2: Select output format for Avid
To convert Sony FDR-AXP33 XAVC-S files to DNxHD 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 FDR-AXP33 XAVC-S files to DNxHD 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 with optimum performance. Nothing could be simpler or more immediate.
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