Summary: This post guides you through the process of converting MP4 footage from Sony HDR-AS15 to MOV format with DNxHD or ProRes codec for working with DaVinci Resolve maintaining original quality.
How can I load MP4 clips from Sony HDR-AS15 to DaVinci Resolve?
“Hi, there! I recently purchased a Sony HDR-AS15 action camera which shot video files in MP4 recording format. I am very happy with the camera but have issues while using the footage in DaVinci Resolve on my MacBook Pro. In my understanding, DaVinci Resolve will work with the native MP4 files from Sony AS15, but currently I cannot figure out the correct workflow. Do I need to convert these files to another format or how do I import them into DaVinci Resolve so I can edit them? Can you or somebody PLEASE tell me how to solve that problem? I will appreciate assistance from anyone with solution.”
The Sony HDR-AS15 captures footage in MP4 format with H.264 (also known as MPEG-4 AVC) codec, a most advanced codec that compresses video in highest compression ratio which is quite suitable for capture and delivery, but not fit for editing. To be able to edit Sony AS15 MP4 files in DaVinci Resolve fluidly, you will need to convert them to a format that is full compatible with your editing application, such as DNxHD .mov or Apple ProRes 422 .mov. Read on to find a tutorial explaining how to transcode Sony AS15 MP4 to a QuickTime format for use in DaVinci Resolve without quality loss.
Video Converter (for both Mac and PC)
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Sony AS15 and Davinci Resolve workflow – how to convert AS15 MP4 to Davinci Resolve editable format?
Step 1: Start up Video Converter as a Sony AS15 MP4 Converter for DaVinci Resolve. When its main interface pops up, click ‘Add Video’ to input your source media.
Step 2: Choose output format for DaVinci Resolve
To convert Sony AS15 MP4 to DNxHD for DaVinci Resolve, you can from ‘Format’ bar, select ‘Avid DNxHD (*.mov)’ as output format under ‘Avid Media Composer’ column.
To encode Sony AS15 MP4 to ProRes 422 for DaVinci Resolve, you can choose ‘Final Cut Pro’ > ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as target 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.
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 AS15 MP4 to DNxHD/ProRes 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 MOV files for use in DaVinci Resolve with optimum performance.
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