Importing Sony AX53 XAVC S to Avid MC

How do you guys work with Sony FDR-AX53 XAVC S footage in Avid Media Composer? It’s a known fact that Avid doesn’t have native support for XAVC S files. You need workarounds to make it possible. In this tutorial, we guide you through the process of converting Sony FDR-AX53 XAVC S video to DNxHD for editing in Avid fluidly.

Since the NXCAM camcorders and other cameras with XAVC S recording capabilities have become very popular among professional users, many of customers have asked for XAVC S format support in Avid Media Composer.
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To ingest Sony FDR-AX53 XAVC S footage directly into Avid MC, you need to purchase the XAVC S AMA plugin from nablet. Many of us use HD Video Converter to transcode the media into DNxHD in MOV container that can be linked. Read on and check out a step-by-step guide on how to encode Sony FDR-AX53 XAVC S video to DNxHD .mov for use in Avid flawlessly.

How to transcode Sony XAVC S to Avid preferred DNxHD?

To transcode Sony FDR-AX53 XAVC S footage to DNxHD for Avid editing, follow these steps:
Here’s what you need
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.
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Process for rewrapping Sony XAVC S files to Avid editable codec

Step 1: Start up HD Video Converter as a Sony XAVC S Converter for Avid. When its main interface pops up, click ‘Add File’ to input your source media.
Sony a6500 XAVC S Converter 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 XAVC S 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 XAVC S 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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