This post is mainly talking about how to convert Sony PXW-X200 XAVC files to DNxHD .mov for editing in Avid systems without installing the AMA plug-in.
For a fast and fluid Sony PXW-X200 XAVC workflow with Avid, users need to download and install the XAVC/XDCAM Plug-in for Avid (PDZK-MA2). This plug-in makes it easy and direct to use Sony PXW-X200 XAVC files in Avid, but it won’t work in all situations. In that case, we do recommend “transcoded editing”. That means you convert the XAVC footage captured with a Sony PXW-X200 to an intermediate format that is full compatible with your editing program, say, DNxHD encoded .mov format. This requires third party software like HD Video Converter. This converter app comes in both Windows and Mac version, being able to work on the most recent Windows 8/Windows 8.1 and Mac Yosemite platforms. In addition to XAVC .mxf files, it also reads Canon MXF, P2 MXF, Sony XDCAM/XDCAM HD MXF, Sony XAVC-S MP4, XDCAM EX MP4, as well as AVCHD .mts/.m2ts files, H.264 MOV files, ProRes .mov files and other popular file types as input and converts them to whatever format you request fitting for editing, playing, sharing, etc.
You can download a demo version to have a try. They are not free but it is totally worth it.
How to convert Sony PXW-X200 MXF files to QuickTime for editing in Avid without installing AMA plug-in?
Step 1: Start up HD Video Converter as a Sony PXW-X200 XAVC 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 PXW-X200 XAVC MXF 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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