Convert XAVC codec to After Effects for Editing
XAVC (employs MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 level 5.2) has been developed as an open format, providing a license program for other manufacturers in the broadcast and production industry to develop their own high quality and high frame rate products. Whereas, the XAVC codec purpose is to allow high end Sony cameras to be able to record 4K, not to be an editable format. When you edit XAVC in After Effects, problems would occur from time to time. In this article, we will list specifics about a workflow of XAVC codec through Adobe After Effects.
Actually, Sony's new 4K baby codec is supported by Adobe After Effects CC natively. To work XAVC in After Effects smoothly, you'd better upgrade AE to the latest version. If the new version After Effects still can't import your XAVC files well, or you don't wanna upgrade AE at this moment, there is workaround for you.
To import XAVC files to After Effects, the easy solution is to transcode XAVC to a more "edit" friendly codec. Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac is highly recommended here. The program is an easy-to-use yet professional Sony XAVC Converter for After Effects. It's able to convert XAVC files from Sony PMW-F55, F5, PXW-FS7, PXW-X70, PXW-X160, PXW-X500, etc to After Effects more compatible format MPEG-2 video. With it, you may also encode XAVC to Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, iMovie, Avid Media Composer and more NLE programs highly compatible formats for editing. Besides, it might help you change XAVC to other frequent formats like XAVC to MOV, FLV, MP4, AVI, etc. If meet the XAVC codec issues on Windows PC, please get Brorsoft Video Converter to solve the problem. Download it and follow the guide to convert Sony XAVC files to After Effects.
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How to convert XAVC to MPEG-2 for After Effects CC/CS6/CS5/CS4
Step 1: Load source XAVC files
Launch the Video Converter on your Mac, and you can either click "Add" button to import .XAVC files, or directly drag and drop the files into this program.
Step 2: Select output format
To import XAVC files to After Effects, you can follow Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas column and select MPEG-2 (*.mpg) as output format.
Step 3: Start XAVC to AE Conversion
Finally, press the convert button; it will start to transcode XAVC files to MPEG-2 for After Effects immediately.
Soon after the conversion is finished, just click "Open" button to get the generated files for edit in After Effects CS4/CS5/CS6/CC perfectly.