Came upon issues uploading XAVC files shot on a Sony PMW-F5/F55 to YouTube? No worry, this post will help you out. It displays a way of converting Sony F5/F55 XAVC files to H.264 MP4 for uploading onto YouTube at 1080p or 4k resolution.
Sony’s new XAVC recording format is at the heart of its latest industry-leading products. XAVC provides a dedicated 4K format that will encourage the adoption of 4K beyond feature films, in genres such as TV Dramas, Entertainment shows, Documentaries and Commercials. As example used in the Sony PMW-F5 CineAlta Digital Cinema Camera and Sony PMW-F55 CineAlta 4K Digital Cinema Camera.
Built with the principles of workflow efficiency, evolution and optimized image quality at its heart, Sony’s XAVC can support the following content formats:
- 4K (4096 x 2160 and 3840 x 2160), HD and proxy resolution
- MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 video compression
- 12, 10 and 8 bit colour depth
- Up to 60fps
- MXF wrapping format can be used
- 4:4:4, 4:2:2, 4:2:0 colour sampling
If you intend to upload XAVC footage shot on a Sony PMW-F5/F55 to YouTube maintaining 4K quality or downsize to 1080p, you may need HD Video Converter to transcode F5/F55 XAVC footage to H.264 MP4 first. This will make your uploading process much faster and more fluid. Read on to find a short tutorial on how to encode Sony F5/F55 XAVC footage to H.264 MP4 for YouTube.
Here’s what you need
HD Video Converter
[Guide] How to transcode Sony F5/F55 XAVC to H.264 MP4 for YouTube?
Step 1: Run HD Video Converter as a professional Sony F5/F55 XAVC Converter for YouTube. Once the main interface comes up, click ‘Add File’ to import your source media.
Step 2: Select output format
Here we take converting Sony F5/F55 XAVC MXF media to 1080p MP4 for example. From ‘Profile’ list, choose ‘HD Video’ > ‘HD H.264/MPEG-4 AVC Video (*.mp4)’ as target format. To export Sony F5/F55 XAVC MXF video to other formats, simply choose the format you request as output. You have lots of choices under ‘HD Video’ and ‘General Video’ columns. (See recommended upload encoding settings for YouTube)
To combine Sony F5/F55 XAVC MXF files into one MP4 file, simply tick off ‘Merge into one file’.
This converter app also comes with a ‘YouTube 4K Video (*.mp4)’ profile under ‘4K Video’ column.
Step 3: Custom video and audio settings (optional)
Note that the default resolution for this profile is 1080p. If you need to change the resolution to 720p or something else, you can click “Settings” button to custom video resolution on ‘Profile Settings’ window below. More than video resolution, you can also custom video bit rate, frame rate, etc. here.
Step 4: Start Sony F5/F55 XAVC MXF video to YouTube video conversion
Click ‘Convert’ to start. When the conversion is complete, you can click ‘Open Folder’ icon to get the generated files which are ready for uploading onto YouTube.
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