Trying to import Sony A7S II XAVC S 4K files into Windows Movie Maker for further editing, but having issues letting WMM recognize A7S II footage? If so, you are in the right place. This post demonstrates a workaround to transcode A7S II XAVC S 4K files to WMV/DV AVI for use in Movie Maker flawlessly.
Needed to edit XAVC S files from Sony A7s II in WMM
“Hi, guys, I’m shooting with a new Sony A7s II camera. It records 4K footage in XAVC S codec using MP4 container. I would like to edit these XAVC S files in Windows Movie Maker but couldn’t figure out an available way to import them. Does Movie Maker have native support for A7s II XAVC S files? If not, is there any workaround to make WMM work with Sony A7s II XAVC S 4k files? Any suggestions? I would really appreciate any help. Thanks.”
Sony A7s II can shoot 4K videos internally (3,840 x 2,160) at 24 or 30fps in the XAVC S format. To be able to import and edit A7s II 4K footage in Windows Movie Maker fluidly, we would recommend transcoding the A7s II XAVC-S footage to Movie Maker preferred WMV/DV AVI format first. This requires third party software like HD Video Converter. Here’s a quick guide explaining how to process A7s II XAVC-S 4K to WMV/DV AVI conversion for WMM via using this converter app.
[Guide] How to encode Sony A7S II XAVC S 4K files to WMV/DV AVI for editing in WMM smoothly?
You may try these steps and check if that helps.
Step 1: Run HD Video Converter as a professional Sony XAVC S Converter for Movie Maker. Once the main interface comes up, click ‘Add File’ to import your camera media.
Step 2: Select WMV/DV AVI as output format for Windows Movie Maker
1) Convert Sony A7S II XAVC S 4K files to WMV for Movie Maker
From ‘Profile’ list, choose ‘General Video’ > ‘WMV – Windows Media Video (*.wmv)’ as target format or choose ‘HD Video’ > ‘HD WMV Video (*.wmv)’ as output format.
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.
2) To transcode Sony A7S II XAVC S 4K files to DV AVI for Movie Maker
Click ‘Profile’ list to select ‘DV AVI NTSC Video (*.avi)’ or ‘DV AVI PAL Video (*.avi)’ as output format depending on your source video mode.
Step 3: Start Sony A7S II XAVC S 4K files to WMV/DV AVI conversion
When ready, click ‘Convert’ button to start transcoding Sony A7S II XAVC S 4K files to WMV/DV AVI for Window Movie Maker.
As soon as the conversion is complete, click ‘Open Folder’ button to get the generated WMV/DV AVI files which are ready for editing in Windows Movie Maker.
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