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Sony A7S XAVC S to Avid Media Composer Workflow Guide


Are you working with media from the Sony A7S camera? If you are looking for some tips regarding post workflow and getting the Sony A7S XAVC S into Avid Media Composer, you are in the right place. In this page, we'll study the Sony A7S to Avid Media Composer workflow to deal with the XAVC S footage in an effective way.

Sony A7S is the new full frame camera, with it, you are available to record 4K QFHD output via HDMI, and it will help you to record uncompressed 4:2:2 full HD in XAVC S format or AVCHD format, MP4 format is also available for HD recording. When you want to import and edit XAVC S clips in Avid MC, it would be a bit harder. As we know, only the latest version Avid Media Composer 7 via the Sony PDZK-MA2 plugin can support XAVC S natively. In case, you haven't installed the plug-in correctly or just own an Avid Media Composer 4/5/6, you can't get the work done. To fix the issue, a quick workaround is to convert XAVC S to Avid MC 4/5/6/7 more "edit" friendly codec DNxHD.

Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac is highly recommended here. The program is an easy-to-use yet professional XAVC S Converter for Mac. It's able to convert XAVC S files from Sony A7S to Avid Media Composer more compatible DNxHD .mov video. With it, you may also encode XAVC S/XAVC to Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, FCE, iMovie and more NLE programs highly compatible formats for editing. If meet the XAVC codec issues on Windows PC, please get Brorsoft Video Converter to solve the problem.

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Converting Sony A7S XAVC S to Avid Media Composer

Step 1. After downloading, install and run this XAVC S Converter for Avid, just copy the XAVC S files to your hard drive. Then click Add to import the files to the software for converting.


Step 2. Click Format on the main interface and choose Avid Media Composer > Avid DNxHD(*.mov) as output format. It ensures the best quality while working with the output files in Avid.


Step 3: Click the "Settings" button and set proper video/ audio parameters. You can reset set the video size, bitrate and frame rate, audio sample rate, audio channel. If you would like to use default settings, simply skip this step.

Step 4: When you finish all settings, click the "Convert" button to start the XAVC S to DNxHD .mov conversion.

After the conversion, you can click "Open" button to get the generated DNxHD .mov files effortlessly. Now, it's much easy for you to add Sony A7S XAVC S files to Avid Media Composer 5/5.5/6/6.5/7 for further editing.

Additional Tips:

This versatile XAVC S to DNxHD Converter has more abilities than converting XAVC S to Avid MC. It also allows you to transcode XAVC S or XAVC to ProRes for Final Cut Pro, Apple InterMediate Codec for iMovie, MPEG-2 for Adobe Premiere Pro and more NLEs to meet your needs.

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