Summary: Does Premiere Pro have native support for Sony FDR-AX100 4K XAVC S files? If you are trying to work with Sony FDR-AX100 4K XAVC S files in Premiere Pro CS5, CS5.5 or PPro CS6, you may wish to read this post.
To be clear, Adobe Premiere Pro CS5, CS5.5, CS6 and the latest PPro CC don’t have native support for Sony XAVC S footage wrapped in MP4 recording format. If you are searching for a plug-in to help you open Sony FDR-AX100 4K XAVC S video in Premiere Pro, the searching results may let you down, that’s because presently there is no such a kind of plug-ins available for viewing and editing XAVC-S MP4 footage in Premiere Pro and other mainstream editing programs like Avid Media Composer, FCP X and Vegas Pro.
To be able to make Premiere Pro recognize Sony AX100 4K XAVC S files, we do recommend transcoding them first using third party software like HD Video Converter. By using this little gadget, you are able to convert Sony AX100 4K XAVC S MP4 video to MOV format with DNxHD or ProRes codec for editing in Adobe Premiere fluidly without incompatibility issues.
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.
Sony FDR-AX100 and Premiere workflow – how to encode Sony FDR-AX100 4K XAVC S files to DNxHD/ProRes MOV for Adobe Premiere Pro CS5/CS5.5/CS6/CC?
Follow these steps:
Step 1: Start up HD Video Converter as a professional Sony FDR-AX100 XAVC to MOV Converter. When its main interface pops up, click ‘Add File’ to input your source media.
Step 2: Select output format for Premiere Pro
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.
This method is also useful when you want to edit XAVC-S MP4 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 FDR-AX100 4K XAVC S MP4 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 Adobe Premiere Pro CS5/CS5.5/CS6/CC with optimum performance. Nothing could be simpler or more immediate.
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