If you are looking for a way to make Sony XAVC (S) video recordings playable on your computers, portable devices or home TVs, you may wish to read this thread. It guides you through the process of converting 2k/4k XAVC (S) footage to a format that is best suitable for playing.
How can I play Sony XAVC 4k video on iPad mini?
“Hi, everyone, I have some XAVC 4K video files in MXF format which I want to transfer and play on my iPad mini. The thing is that iTunes refuses syncing them, so I am unable to view them on my iPad mini. I can’t find a good answer with some web searching. Is there any workaround to make iPad mini play XAVC MXF video? Any help is much appreciated. Thanks.”
For the last few years, Sony has been shipping cameras with two new formats, XAVC and XAVC S. The XAVC format is designed for maximum flexibility and supports two different 4K resolutions as well as 2K resolutions, HD, and proxy resolutions. XAVC generally uses the MXF wrapper, with the audio and video in a single file. While XAVC S is aimed squarely at the television broadcast market, supports only the slightly lower 3840×2160 resolution and utilizes an MP4 wrapper.
To be able to smoothly open and play 2K/4K XAVC (S) files on your computers, portable devices or home TVs, sometimes you need to transcode XAVC (S) content to an intermediate format that is compatible with your media players, such as the wide-accepted H.264 MP4 format. Here’s a simple guide explaining how to convert 2k/4k XAVC (S) to H.264 MP4 for playing on Mac, Windows PC, Android devices, iPad, iPhone and HDTVs.
HD Video Converter
[Guide] How to transcode 2k/4k XAVC (S) to MP4 for playing?
Step 1: Start up HD Video Converter as the best 2k/4k XAVC (S) to .mp4 converter. When its main interface pops up, click ‘Add File’ button to import your source files.
1. This Converter supports batch conversion, so you can load multiple video files to it for conversion at a time.
2. By ticking off ‘Merge into one file’ option, you can combine the selected clips into a single file.
Step 2: Select H.264 MP4 as output format
There are a few of H.264 MP4 options for user to choose from. You can select one as output format under ‘General Video’, ‘HD Video’ or ‘4K Video’ column. (Note: if your media player doesn’t support 4K content, please do not select 4K MP4 as output.)
This converter app also features optimized profiles for Apple devices (e.g. iPad, iPhone, Apple TV, iPod touch), Android devices, Windows devices, and more, so you can select a proper profile as target format depending on your device model.
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 2k/4k XAVC (S) to MP4 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 mp4 files. Nothing could be simpler or more immediate.
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