Can’t import Sony PMW-350 XDCAM EX footage to Avid? Looking for a way to go through this? Congratulations, here’s workaround to transcode Sony PMW-350 XDCAM EX MP4 files to DNxHD for use in Avid Media Composer with optimum performance.
How can I get Avid to work with Sony PMW-350 XDCAM EX footage?
“Hi there, I’m new to the XDCAM EX game. I’m now trying to figure out a way to get my XDCAM EX .mp4 clips shot on Sony PMW-350 into Avid MC7. I’ve downloaded and installed the proper XAVC/XDCAM Plug-in for Avid (PDZK-MA2), but this AMA plug-in didn’t work well for me, I encountered crashing issues time and time again. What should I do to go about this? Did anyone run into the same issue? How do you fix it? Please suggest a solution. Thanks for any help.”
The XAVC/XDCAM Plug-in for Avid (PDZK-MA2) is required for a good AMA workflow for XDCAM EX footage in Avid. Note that the correct AMA plug-in must be matched to the version of Avid editor you are using. If for whatever reason you still have issues AMA PMW-350 XDCAM EX footage to Avid, we would recommend transcoding PMW-350 XDCAM EX footage to a format that is best suitable for use in Avid prior, such as DNxHD. This requires third party software like HD Video Converter.
You can download a demo version (for both, PC and Mac) to have a try. They are not free but it is totally worth it.
Read on to learn a quick guide on how to encode PMW-350 XDCAM EX footage to DNxHD for Avid editing.
[Guide] How to transcode Sony PMW-350 XDCAM EX footage to DNxHD for Avid editing?
Follow these steps:
Step 1: Start up HD Video Converter as a Sony PMW-350 XDCAM EX Converter for Avid. When its main interface pops up, click ‘Add File’ to input your source media.
Step 2: Choose output format 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 PMW-350 XDCAM EX files to DNxHD MOV 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 apps with optimum performance.
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