How can I import and edit Sony A5000 AVCHD footage in Avid, Adobe Premiere and Sony Vegas smoothly? This post intends to show you an easy workaround to transcode Sony A5000 AVCHD to an intermediate format for use in Avid, Premiere and Vegas fluidly with optimum performance.
If you are looking for a quality mirrorless camera at a great price, the Sony a5000 may be just the camera you’re looking for. It has a 20.1MP Exmor APS-C sensor with the Bionz X image processor, which helps with quicker AF and excellent noise reduction that is not overly destructive to fine detail. Performance-wise the A5000 has both a better sensor and a faster processor than the previous NEX-3N, and it’s not close. Overall the A5000 produces higher resolution images with better color and more dynamic range than its predecessor.
In addition to good quality photography, Full HD 1080i/p video recording is supported at both 60 and 24 fps frame rates to produce high resolution movies with a smooth, cinematic look. Videos are recorded using the high-quality AVCHD codec and a built-in stereo microphone records sound in the Dolby Digital AC-3 format. Additionally, 1440 x 1080p, 1280 x 720p, and 640 x 480p formats are also supported in the Internet-friendly MP4 format.
If for some reason you are unable to work with Sony A5000 .m2ts AVCHD footage in Avid system, Adobe Premiere Pro or Sony Vegas smoothly, we would recommend transcoding them to a format that is best suited for editing in your NLEs. This requires third party software like HD Video Converter. Read on to find out a step-by-step guide on how to convert Sony A5000 M2TS clips for editing in Avid system, Adobe Premiere Pro and Sony Vegas with optimum performance.
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.
How to convert Sony A5000 AVCHD files to MOV for Avid, Premiere and Vegas?
Follow these steps:
Step 1: Start up HD Video Converter as a professional Sony A5000 AVCHD Converter. When its main interface pops up, click ‘Add File’ to input your source media.
Step 2: Select output format for your NLEs
1) Convert Sony A5000 AVCHD .m2ts files to DNxHD for Avid MC
From ‘Format’ bar, select ‘Avid DNxHD (*.mov)’ as output format under ‘Avid Media Composer’ column.
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) Convert Sony A5000 AVCHD files for Premiere
If you are running Premiere Pro on a Windows PC, you can from ‘Format’ bar, select ‘Avid DNxHD (*.mov)’ as output format under ‘Avid Media Composer’ column.
If you are using Premiere Pro on a Mac, you can select ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as output format under ‘Final Cut Pro’ column.
In addition to DNxHD and ProRes, you can also select ‘MOV (AVC) (*.mov)’ as output format under ‘Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas’ option.
3) Transcode Sony A5000 AVCHD m2ts video for Sony Vegas
Click the drop-down list besides ‘Profile’, choose ‘Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas > MOV (AVC) (*.mov)’ as the most compatible format for Vegas with best quality. You can choose ‘MPEG-2 (*.mpg)’, or ‘WMV (VC-1) (*.wmv)’ as well.
This method is also available when you want to edit Sony A5000 AVCHD files in Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects.
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 A5000 AVCHD files to 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 Avid apps, Adobe Premiere or Sony Vegas with optimum performance. Nothing could be simpler or more immediate.
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