Sony FS5 to Avid-edit FS5 XAVC clips in Avid MC

How can I import Sony FS5 XAVC footage into Avid Media Composer? If you are having issues loading Sony FS5 XAVC clips into Avid system, you may wish to read this post. It displays a workaround to transcode Sony FS5 videos to DNxHD for use in Avid beautifully.
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How to import Sony FS5 4K XAVC footage into Avid MC8.5?
“Hi guys, does anyone know how to import Sony FS5 4K XAVC footage into Avid MC8.5? I was unable to get the Avid to recognize 4K XAVC files from the new Sony PXW FS5. Has anybody been able to edit FS5 4K XAVC files in Avid? Any suggestions? Thanks for any help.”

The XAVC-L codec isn’t an Avid native codec so you may run into issues that Avid won’t work. In this situation, we would recommend transcoding FS5 XAVC footage to a format that is best suitable for use in Avid, such as DNxHD, Avid’s favorite editing codec, which Avid will recognize and handle well. Here’s how.

How to convert Sony FS5 XAVC clips to DNxHD for Avid editing?

Software requirement
HD Video Converter
converting PXW-FS5 XAVC mxf files to DNxHDimport Sony PXW-FS5 XAVC files to Avid

The steps:
Step 1: Start up HD Video Converter as a Sony PXW-FS5 XAVC Converter for Avid. When its main interface pops up, click ‘Add File’ to input your source media.
transcode Sony PXW-FS5 XAVC MXF files to DNxHD .mov for Avid

Step 2: Choose output format for Avid MC
From ‘Profile’ list, select ‘Avid DNxHD (*.mov)’ as output format under ‘Avid Media Composer’ column.
Sony PXW-FS5 XAVC Converter for Avid
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-FS5 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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