How can I import Sony a6300 4k/1080p XAVC S video into Avid MC for further editing? If you run into troubles working with Sony a6300 XAVC S footage in Avid, you may wish to read this post. It presents a workaround to make Sony a6300 4k/1080p XAVC S video recognizable in Avid system.
How to edit Sony a6300 XAVC S video in Avid with an available AMA plugin?
“Hi, all, can you guys work with XAVC S recordings from Sony a6300 in Avid? I have a bundle of 4K XAVC S files shot on a6300, which I would like to edit in Avid MC. Unfortunately, there isn’t an available AMA plugin for XAVC S, so I can’t import XAVC-S file format. I would like to know if there are any workarounds to go through this issue. Please help. Thanks for any help.”
Sony a6300 XAVC S capture capability
Sony a6300 employs high-bitrate XAVC S format to capture 4K recordings at 24p, 25p and 30p and full 120fps high-speed shooting at up to 100Mbps bit rate. See details below:
UltraHD XAVC S
3840 x 2160p / 30 fps (100 Mbps) / 30 fps (60 Mbps) / 25 fps (100 Mbps)
/ 25 fps (60 Mbps) / 24 fps (100 Mbps) / 24 fps (60 Mbps)
High Definition XAVC S
1920 x 1080p / 120 fps (100 Mbps) / 120 fps (60 Mbps) / 100 fps (100 Mbps)
/ 100 fps (100 Mbps) / 60 fps (50 Mbps) / 50 fps (50 Mbps)
/ 30 fps (50 Mbps) / 25 fps (50 Mbps) / 24 fps (50 Mbps)
Currently, there is a special free charge XAVC AMA plug-in for Avid, but this is not workable with XAVC S format. To be able to work with Sony a6300 XAVC S files in Avid, you will have to process ‘transcoded editing’. Here’s a quick guide telling you how to convert Sony a6300 XAVC S video to DNxHD for Avid editing.
How to convert Sony a6300 XAVC S files to DNxHD for editing in Avid?
Step 1: Start up HD Video Converter as a Sony a6300 XAVC S Converter for Avid. When its main interface pops up, click ‘Add File’ to input your source media.
Step 2: Choose output format for Avid MC
From ‘Profile’ list, 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.
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 a6300 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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