How to import and edit 4K XAVC S MP4 in Vegas Pro 12?

Does Vegas Pro 12 have native support for Sony’s 4K XAVC S MP4 files? If you are looking for a workaround to import and edit XAVC S MP4 files in Vegas Pro 12/13, you may wish to read this post. It displays how to convert 4K XAVC S files to MOV for editing in Vegas Pro 12/13 with very good quality.
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How can I work with XAVC S footage in Vegas Pro 12?

“Hi, there, does anyone know how I can work with XAVC S footage in Vegas Pro 12? I know the version 12 has added native support for Sony’s XAVC 4K format, but XAVC S is not supported presently. My question is, what should I possibly do to make Vegas Pro 12 recognize XAVC-S MP4 files without upgrading to Vegas Pro 13? Do I need to convert these XAVC-S files to another format or how do I import them into Vegas Pro 12 so I can edit them? I really appreciate any help. Thanks in advance.”

As far as we know, Sony Vegas Pro 12 is the first native 4K XAVC editor. The latest version Vegas Pro 13 comes with support for 4K XAVC S and XAVC files, while the former version Vegas Pro 12 only has support for XAVC 4K files. If you intend to edit XAVC-S MP4 video in Vegas Pro 12 without upgrading to version 13, you will have to process file conversion. This requires third party software like HD Video Converter. Read on to find a step-by-step guide talking about how to convert XAVC-S to MOV for editing in Vegas Pro 12.

First of all, download a demo of HD Video Converter (for Windows or Mac)
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Sony XAVC S and Vegas Pro workflow – how to convert XAVC-S MP4 recordings for editing in Vegas Pro 12?

Follow these steps:
Step 1: Start up HD Video Converter as a professional XAVC-S to Vegas Pro Converter. Click ‘Add File’ to import your source media to the program.
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Step 2: Select output format
Click the drop-down list besides ‘Profile’, choose ‘Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas > MOV (AVC) (*.mov)’ as the most compatible format for Vegas Pro with best quality. You can choose ‘MPEG-2 (*.mpg)’, or ‘WMV (VC-1) (*.wmv)’ as well.

This method is also available when you want to edit XAVC-S files in Vegas Pro 13, Adobe Premiere Pro CC/CS5/CS6 and Adobe After Effects.

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 (for advanced users)
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: When ready, click ‘Convert’ to start transcoding XAVC-S MP4 files to Vegas Pro supported format. As soon as the conversion is complete, click ‘Open File’ button to locate the generated files and now you are able to open them in Vegas Pro 12 or version 13 easily for further editing.

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