We write this post to help those who are looking for a helpful 4K S-Log video converter to transcode 4K S-Log files to a more edit friendly codec for use on a Mac or Windows machine. If you are in such a situation, feel free to read through it.
Needed to encode Sony RX100 IV 4K S-Log footage to a Mac friendly format
“Hey all, I’ve recorded a bundle of awesome 4K XAVC-S files in S-log2 on my new Sony RX100 IV camera. To be able to edit them in iMovie more stably and more reliably, I need to transcode the 4K S-Log footage to a Mac friendly format first. Can anyone recommend a workable converter program to do this? I would really appreciate any help. Thanks in advance for any reply.”
For a faster and more fluid 4K S-Log editing workflow on a Mac or Windows PC, people sometimes need to convert 4K S-Log footage to an edit friendly codec before importing them to NLEs. This requires a professional 4K S-Log file transcoder. Here’s a quick guide telling you how to do format conversion.
How to convert 4K S-Log footage on Mac/PC for editing?
Here’s what you need
HD Video Converter
Step 1: Install and run HD Video Converter as the best 4K S-Log Video Converter. Click ‘Add File’ button to import your source media to it.
Step 2: Select output format for your editing programs
To convert 4K S-Log video for use iMovie, from the Profile list, choose ‘Apple InterMediateCodec (AIC) (*.mov) as output format from ‘iMovie and Final Cut Express’ catalogue.
For the purpose of encoding 4K S-Log video for Avid, Premiere or DaVinci Resolve, from the Profile list, choose ‘Avid DNxHD(*.mov)’ as output format from ‘Avid Media Composer’ column.
To convert 4K S-Log video for editing in FCP 7 or FCP X, from the Profile list, choose ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as output format from ‘Final Cut Pro’ catalogue.
To encode 4K S-Log files for editing in Adobe Premiere or Sony Vegas, select ‘MOV (AVC) (*.mov)’ as output format under ‘Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas’ option.
Step 3: Custom video and audio settings (for advanced user)
If you are an advanced user and want to adjust video and audio settings like bit rate, frame rate, etc. in your own way, you can click ‘Setting’ button and go to ‘Profile Settings’ panel to do so, if not, simply skip this step.
Step 4: When ready, click the ‘Convert’ button to start converting 4K S-Log video for editing on a Mac or Windows PC.
You can tick off ‘Shut down computer when conversion completed’ checkbox, and go away to do other things instead of waiting around in front of the computer for the entire conversion process.
Step 5: When the conversion finished, click ‘Open Folder’ button to find the generated files for editing.
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