Sony EX 3 and Avid workflow: convert EX 3 MP4 to MOV for Avid

If you are looking for the best method of converting Sony EX 3 HD MP4 files to HD MOV files for working with Avid Media Composer, you may come to the right place. This post explains how to transcode Sony XDCAM EX HD MP4 footage to DNxHD MOV for editing in Avid systems.

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“Hi, all, I was wondering if you can help. I needed to convert some HD MP4 video files for use with Avid Media Composer 5. The files came directly from a Sony EX 3 camcorder that was used to film a comedy act on order to compile a demo for the comedian, for whom I am editing the demo. It will be used via streaming services on Vimeo, YouTube, and The like. A DVD will also be delivered from these files. The reason that I needed to convert Sony EX 3 HD MP4 video files is that I could not use the files directly from the camera, and other converters were not able to convert them to what I needed. So my question becomes, ‘which program should I use to transcode Sony EX 3 MP4 to MOV for working with Avid MC smoothly?’ Can anybody enlighten me? Thanks a lot for your help.”

According to our research, the Sony EX 3 camcorder shoots movies in MP4 recording format using MPEG-2 compression, the ‘MPEG-2 Long GOP’ is a mature codec for capturing stunning-quality HD video and audio with highly efficient, reliable data compression, but it is not a codec suitable for editing. That’s why consumers often have to convert XDCAM EX MP4 to an intermediate format for editing with Avid. To do Sony EX 3 MP4 to QuickTime Conversion, you can give HD Video Converter a shot, it comes with both Windows and Mac version, offers optimal DNxHD MOV preset for Avid systems, and is considered as the best method of converting Sony XDCAM EX HD MP4 files to HD MOV files.

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Sony EX 3 and Avid workflow: convert EX 3 XDCAM EX MP4 to DNxHD for Avid

The steps:
Step 1: Run HD Video Converter as a Sony EX 3 to Avid Converter, then click ‘Add File’ icon to load source footage. You can load directly from your camcorder, or load from a card reader or from an achieved folder that contains your EX 3 media.
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Step 2:Choose output format for Avid MC, Avid Symphony and Avid NewsCutter
From ‘Format’ bar, select ‘Avid Media Composer’ > ‘Avid DNxHD (*.mov)’ as output format.

Step 3: Advanced settings (for advanced users)
If you are an advanced user, you can click ‘Settings’ button and go to ‘Profile Settings’ window to custom video and audio settings like resolution, video codec, bit rate, frame rate, audio codec, bit rate, sample rate and audio channel.

Step 4: When ready, click ‘Convert’ button to start converting Sony EX 3 MP4 files to DNxHD MOV that is well compatible with your Avid NLE applications.

Step 5: When the conversion process finished, click ‘Open Folder’ button to get the generated DNxHD MOV files for using with Avids.
Tips: The Sony XDCAM EX MP4 to Avid Converter is capable of processing batch conversion, so you can input loads of your EX 3 clips into it to do format conversion at a time. If you don’t want to wait for the entire format shifting process, you can tick off ‘Showdown computer after conversion’ and go away to do other things.

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