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Convert Sony a7S II XAVC S for Davinci Resolve Smooth Editing


Most Sony a7S II users are more than glad with its performance. One nagging thing about it, more specifically, the XAVC S codec is the problem with getting an edited sequence into Davinci Resolve. The XAVC S files from Sony a7S II don't seem to be compatible with Resolve. So, what we need to do to convert them so that are Resolve-ready? What format should they be converted into? Any software recommendations? Now, just seek for what you wanna know from this simple guide.

Here's a work-around we've found that seems to be a solution until the good people at Blackmagicdesign can get an update out so that Resolve plays nicely with XAVC S codec.

Here you need a Sony XAVC-S converter only - transcode Sony A7S II XAVC-S to the native supported codec for Resolve. Brorsoft Video Converter (Windows/Mac) is recommended for you(yeah, there are so many video converter in the market, you can choose another one, Brorsoft is really good, anyhow), which can hold the XAVC-S files from Sony A7S II camera so well. With it, you can transcode XAVC S to Davinci Resolve friendly DNxHD or ProRes coedc for editing smoothly. What's more, you can directly choose the preset format for the NLEs Such as the FCP, iMovie, Adobe Premiere, Avid Media Composer etc or some players like QuickTime. Several optional buttons you can take around to adjust your output videos, for example, "Settings", "Edit" or "Options" provide more exciting videos for you. Download the software below and start the short conversion.

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Tutorial on Converting Sony a7S II XAVC S to Davinci Resolve

Step 1. Install and launch the XAVC S to Davinci Resolve converter. Click the Add button to import your XAVC S .mp4 videos to the program. Checking the "Merge into one file" box allows you to merge several videos into one file.


Step 2. Hit Format bar to select output format. You can choose Avid Media Composer > Avid DNxHD(*.mov) as output format. It is an ideal editing format for Resolve.


Tip: DNxHD codec just supports 1080p resolution. If you want to get original 4K resolution, you'd better choose "Final Cut Pro> Apple PreRes 422 as the output format. It is supported by Resolve.


Step 3. Click "Convert" button to start converting Sony a7S XAVC S for importing to Davinci Resolve.

After the conversion is finished, just run Davinci Resolve and import the generated video files. You will find the output video work perfectly on Davinci Resolve 10/11/12/13/14.

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