If you are having issues importing XAVC S footage into Premiere Pro CS6/CS5 for further editing, you may have interest in this post. It displays a workaround to make XAVC S files editable in Premiere CS6/CS5.
How can I work with XAVC S video in Premiere Pro CS6?
“Hi, there, does anyone know which method there is to import Sony XAVC S files into Premiere Pro CS6? I have Premiere Pro CS6 installed and not the CC version. I have paid a lot of money for my 6.0 version, so I want to stay in Premiere Pro CS6. Unfortunately, I’ve learned that there will be no more development for Premiere Pro CS6, and there is no upgrade for the XAVC-S codec. Do I need to convert the XAVC S MP4 files to something else? If so, which program will do this? Please suggest a solution. Thanks.”
Premiere CS5 and CS6 do not have native support for XAVC S codec. To be able to edit XAVC S files in Premiere Pro CS6/CS5, you will need to upgrade to Premiere Pro CC or download the plugin Rovi Totalcode (Note: this third-party plug-in will cost you a lot of money. In addition, it only works on Windows but not Mac). To save money, we would recommend using the affordable HD Video Converter to transcode XAVC S media to DNxHD or ProRes for use in Premiere Pro CS6/CS5 smoothly.
How to convert XAVC S to Premiere Pro CS6/CS5 editable files?
Follow these steps:
Step 1: Start up HD Video Converter as a professional XAVC S Converter for Premiere Pro CS6/CS5. When its main interface pops up, click ‘Add File’ to input your source media.
Step 2: Select output format for your NLE
If you are running Premiere Pro CS6/CS5 on a Windows PC, you can from ‘Profile’ bar, 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.
If you are using Premiere Pro CS6/CS5 on a Mac, you can select ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as output format under ‘Final Cut Pro’ column.
In addition to DNxHD and ProRes, you can also select ‘MOV (AVC) (*.mov)’ as output format under ‘Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas’ option.
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 XAVC S MP4 files to Premiere Pro CS6/CS5 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 files for use in Adobe Premiere Pro CS6/CS5 with optimum performance.
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