How can I transfer/import XAVC S to iPad Pro?


Haven’t found an available way to import Sony XAVC-S video to an iPad Pro? If so, you may wish to read this post. It presents a workaround to transfer XAVC S files to iPad Pro for editing.

Issues importing XAVC S video to iPad Pro
“Hello everybody, does an iPad pro support XAVC-S media? Honestly, I use the iPad Pro much more than my Mac these days. I would like to edit XAVC S files from my Sony A6300 with iMovie on my iPad. Unfortunately, iPad pro seems not to import XAVC S footage. What should I do to go through this? Has anyone found a good way to import Sony XAVC-S video directly to an iPad Pro? Any ideas?”

Actually, it is possible to import Sony XAVC-S footage directly into an iPad Pro but the process requires a few extra steps and a 3rd party SD card reader. As you know, Apple doesn’t directly support the XAVC-S file structure (as of iOS10) so you can’t use the Apple SD Card reader. The Apple USB adapter is problematic because of power issues between the iPad and the camera. However, processing ‘transcoded editing’ does work. This requires using a 3rd party XAVC-S converter to finish format conversion on a computer before transferring the footage to your iPad pro. Here’s how to.

How to convert XAVC-S files for use on iPad Pro?

Software requirement
HD Video Converter (It has both Mac and Windows versions, simply download the correct version depending on your computer OS).
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The steps to convert XAVC S files on a Mac or a Windows PC for transferring to iPad Pro

  1. Click ‘Add File’ to import XAVC S source media.
  2. Click ‘Profile’ menu to choose output format.
  3. If necessary, click ‘Settings’ button to custom video and audio settings.
  4. When ready, click ‘Convert’ to start format conversion.
  5. When conversion is complete, click ‘Open Folder’ to get the converted files.

This XAVC S file converter software provides a wide variety of file types for users to choose from, ranging from editing formats (like AIC, ProRes, etc.) to playable formats (like MP4, MOV, etc.) optimized for popular devices, so you can convert XAVC S files to whatever format you need in simple steps with very good quality.
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