Edit Sony FDR-AX700 XAVC S in Final Cut Pro/Avid MC/Adobe Premiere
When you got a Sony FDR-AX700 4K Camcorder, you can easily shot some 4K footage in XAVC S. Then you would probably expressed concern about how to use the XAVC S in Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro, etc popular video editing programs. Since there are users complained that FCP/Avid/Adobe Premiere won't import Sony FDR-AX700 XAVC S files natively, we will share an easy solution in this page. Just learn the Sony FDR-AX700 to FCP/Avid MC/Adobe Premiere workflow.
The fact of the matter is XAVC and XAVC-S, or AVCHD, or any other similar format is very efficient for encoding video data into small file sizes. It is not however easy or quick to decode for high-quality finishing and post production processing. Since those NLEs do not provide native support for Sony's XAVC S format, to have a smooth Sony AX700 XAVC S to Avid/FCP/Adobe workflow, a quick solution is to transcode Sony XAVC S to DNxHD, ProRes, MPEG2, the most compatible format for Avid Media Composer 5/6/7/8, Final Cut Pro X/7, Premiere Pro CS4/CS5/CS6/CC.
Cons: It needs a third-party software to convert Sony FDR-AX700 XAVC S media.
Well, if you don't mind it and yearn for a smooth workflow, you can try this way anyhow. We've got a big success yet.
First download and install the app Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac. The program is an easy-to-use yet professional XAVC S Converter. It's able to convert XAVC, XAVC S files to Avid Media Composer, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro more compatible format DNxHD, ProRes, MPEG2 video. If meet the XAVC S importing issues on Windows PC, please get Brorsoft Video Converter to solve the problem. Download it and follow the guide to convert XAVC S files from Sony FDR-AX700 to Premiere, Avid, Final Cut Pro.
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Convert and Import Sony FDR-AX700 XAVC S to Avid Media Composer
Step 1: Load XAVC S files to program
Launch the XAVC S converter program and click the "Add" button to load Sony AX700 XAVC S .mp4 files for converting.
Step 2: Choose output format
Click the "Format" bar and select the target format.
A. For editing XAVC S video in Final Cut Pro, please choose Final Cut Pro > Apple PreRes 422(*.mov) as output format.
B. For importing XAVC S to Avid, please choose Avid Media Composer > Avid DNxHD(*.mov) as output format.
C. As for using XAVC S in Adobe Premiere Pro, you can select Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas> MPEG-2(*.mpg) as the best video format.
Step 3 (optional): Adjust the video, audio settings
Click "Settings" to set video resolution (3840x2160/1920x1080/1440x1080/1280x720/720x480), bitrate(from 1Mbps to 20Mbps), frame rate (24fps/30fps/60fps) as you like. To crop, trim, add effects to XAVC S video, click "Edit" menu.
Step 4: Start XAVC S video conversion
Simply click the "Convert" button to start converting and everything else will be automated.
When the conversion is done, you can import the converted Sony FDR-AX700 XAVC S recordings to Final Cut Pro/Avid Media Composer/Premiere Pro without any trouble.
As it happens with H.264, XAVC and XAVC-S are not for editing, are for delivery, in this case, Sony's XAVC & XAVC S(in .mxf or .mp4 format) are the previous step before edit/compose any sequence of pro video. To edit XAVC/XAVC S files in FCP, iMovie, Avid MC, Premiere, Davinci Resolve, the easy workaround is to transcode XAVC/XAVC S to a more edit-friendly format. Brorsoft Video Converter Mac is the best utility to fulfill the task.