Sony a7S II Workflow with Final Cut Pro, Premiere and Avid
Chances are you have recorded some amazing XAVC S videos via Sony a7S II camcorder and now want to edit them on Final Cut Pro? Before uploading Sony A7S II XAVC S clips into Twitter, you intend to make some modifications on them with Premiere Pro, only to encounter with Premiere Pro won't import XAVC S files issues? Or nearly get your Sony A7S II XAVC S footage work with Avid Media Composer, but it ends up with video only without audio? Whatever you are stuck in any above situation, you'll in the right place! In this page, we will outline the tips & tricks for importing Sony A7S II XAVC S to FCP, Premiere Pro and Avid under Mac OS X with a smooth workflow.
Sony A7S II, a mirrorless full-frame camera, is the predecessor to the existing Alpha 7S. With it, you'll allowed to record 4K videos internally (3,840 x 2,160) at 24 or 30fps in the XAVC S format. While, if you want to edit the XAVC S videos from Sony A7S II on Mac, you'll disappointed to find the high quality XAVC S files are not recognized by most editing software like Premeire Pro, Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer, etc. The basic reason why we can't work with XVAC S footage with NLEs is that XAVC S codec is a new one, and is not widely supported. Then there is any available way to get the annoying issue fixed?
Of course, the answer is absolutely Yes! With a professional XAVC S converter like Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac, you can get the work done easily. This software is able to convert XAVC S files from Sony a7s II to FCP, Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro, iMovie, FCE, etc fully compatible format and keep original quality at the meanwhile. If you a Windows user, you can also turn to the Windows version for help! Now just download it and follow the tutorial below to get the work done.
Convert Sony A7S II XAVC S to FCP, Premiere Pro, Avid editable video
STEP 1: Load XAVC S material
Launch the smart XAVC S Converter Mac and transfer your XAVC S recordings to the program from the Sony A7S II. If necessary, join videos clips via checking the "Merge into one" box.
STEP 2: Decide output format
Click the "Format" bar and choose the optimal format for your FCP, Premiere Pro or Avid programs.
a. To edit Sony A7S II XAVC S in FCP X, FCP 7, FCP 6, please select Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov) as the output format.
b. For Premiere Pro CC/CS6/CS5/CS4, choose Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas > MPEG-2 (*.mpg) as output format.
c. As to Avid user, select Avid Media Composer->Avid DNxHD(*.mov) as the best output video format
STEP 3: Profile Settings
Adjust the video and audio parameters, including the Bitrate of Video&Audio, Video Size, Sample Rate, Frame Rate, Audio Channels, etc., by clicking the Settings button on the main interface for getting the best quality.
STEP 4: Start the final conversion
As soon as all things are finished, please click "Convert" button to start transcoding Sony A7S II footage to Mac compatible videos on Mac OS X.
After the process completes, click "Open" button to find the generated videos, and then you can transfer the recordings to Premiere Pro, FCE, Avid easily and quickly.