We write this tutorial to help those who are facing issues working with Sony S-Log footage in Avid Media Composer. It explains a workaround to transcode Sony S-Log files to DNxHD for use in Avid smoothly.
How to edit Sony S-Log footage in Avid?
“Hi guys, I’m new to 4K and having trouble importing 4k S-Log files shot on Sony RX100 IV camera linking via AMA in Avid MC7. Is it possible to get this to work in Avid? How do others deal with Sony S-Log footage in Avid? Can anyone give me some tips/ideas on this? Thanks in advance.”
If for whatever reason you are having issues editing Sony S-Log footage in Avid Media Composer, we would recommend converting it to a more edit friendly codec for Avid before importing. This requires a helpful S-Log video converter. With HD Video Converter installed, it won’t be a problem to convert S-Log files to DNxHD for use in Avid system with optimum performance. Here’s how.
How to convert Sony S-Log files to DNxHD for Avid editing?
HD Video Converter
You can download a demo version to have a try. They are not free but it is totally worth it.
Step 1: Start up HD Video Converter as a Sony S-Log Video 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 S-Log 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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