Suggestions needed for working with Sony XAVC S MP4 video files in Edius 6

XAVC S MP4 files not reading in Edius 6? How to resolve that issue? If you are looking for a workaround to import XAVC S footage to Edius 6 for further editing, you may have interest in this post.


Suggestions needed for working with XAVC S MP4 files in Edius 6
”Hi, all, I am looking for suggestions on a XAVC-S workflow with Edius 6. Recently I’ve received a Sony a7 II camera which records footage in XAVC-S codec in MP4 format. I intend to edit these XAVC-S files in EDIUS 6.5.3, but it seems that the EDIUS 6 doesn’t recognize XAVC-S footage as import. I know that the most recent EDIUS Pro 7 has support for XAVC Intra 4K and HD as well as XAVC S Long GOP QFHD and HD, but there’s no go on EDIUS 6 system. How can I get the XAVC-S files to import into the Edius 6? I really appreciate any help. Thanks.”

If you don’t want to upgrade to the latest EDIUS Pro 7, you will need to transcode XAVC MXF or XAVC S MP4 files to a format that is suited for editing in EDIUS, like WMV, MOV, DNxHD and more. This requires 3rd party program like HD Video Converter. It seems to be the best method of converting XAVC-S MP4 files to EDIUS editable files.

You can download a demo version (for both, PC and Mac) to have a try. They are not free but it is totally worth it.
XAVC S MP4 files not reading in Edius 6import XAVC S footage to Edius

XAVC S and EDIUS 6 workflow – how to convert XAVC-S MP4 for working with EDIUS 6?

Follow these steps:
Step 1: Open up HD Video Converter as a professional XAVC-S to EDIUS Converter. When its main interface pops up, click ‘Add File’ to import your source files.
working with XAVC S MP4 files in Edius 6

Step 2: Select output format for EDIUS 6
This converter provides a wide variety of formats as output. You can select a format that is natively supported by EDIUS as target, such as ‘WMV’ and ‘MOV’ under ‘HD Video’ column and ‘DNxHD .mov’ under ‘Avid Media Composer’ column.

Convert XAVC-S MP4 to HD WMV for EDIUS
convert XAVC-S MP4 to HD WMV for EDIUS

Transcode XAVC-S MP4 to DNxHD .mov for EDIUS
transcode XAVC-S MP4 to DNxHD .mov for EDIUS

Step 3: Modify 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 conversion
When ready, click ‘Convert’ to start file conversion. As soon as the conversion finished, you can click ‘Open Folder’ to get the exported files for working in EDIUS easily and directly.

If you don’t want to wait for the entire conversion process, you can tick off ‘Showdown computer when conversion completed’ and go away to do other things.

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