If you are stuck in importing Sony HDR-CX440 XAVC S footage into Avid Media Composer for further editing, you may wish to read this post. It demonstrates a workaround to transcode Sony HDR-CX440 XAVC S media to DNxHD for use in Avid MC smoothly.
How can I load Sony HDR-CX440 XAVC S video into Avid?
“Hi all, have anyone of you successfully imported XAVC S media from Sony HDR-CX440 into Avid Media Composer for editing? I don’t have issues working with AVCHD files recorded with this camera, but it seems that there isn’t an available way to let me import XAVC S footage into Avid. Does anyone have any ideas on this? I would really appreciate any help. Thanks.”
Currently, Avid doesn’t have native support for XAVC S codec. Also, there isn’t an AMA plugin available for this format. To be able to work with HDR-CX440 XAVC S media in Avid MC, you will need to transcode the footage first. This requires a third party XAVC S converter. Read on to learn a quick guide on how to convert Sony HDR-CX440 XAVC S video to Avid preferred DNxHD.
How to encode Sony HDR-CX440 XAVC S video to DNxHD for Avid MC?
Step 1: Start up HD Video Converter as a Sony HDR-CX440 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 HDR-CX440 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 Media Composer with optimum performance.
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