Transcode Sony a7S II XAVC S to Premiere Pro CC/CS6/CS5

We already got a lovely, refreshed Sony A7S II just a few months ago. We find that the a7S II is capable of internal UHD 4K recording at 30 fps with full pixel readout as well as 1080p recording at up to 120 fps, all in the XAVC S format. However, when we import the XAVC S videos from Sony a7S II to Adobe Premiere Pro for editing, the result let us down- the XAVC S footage especially in 4K are not recognized by Adobe Premiere. So what’s the available workflow for Sony a7S II XAVC S and Premiere Pro?

Searching high and low, we got some clues. Why Adobe can’t support XAVC S 4K & HD? The basic reason is that XAVC S codec is a new one, and is not widely supported. To edit Sony a7S II XAVC S in Premiere Pro CC/CS6/CS5 flawlessly, you need to transcode XAVC S to Adobe Premiere Pro more “edit” friendly codec for like MPEG-2. And based on multiple testing, Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac is the solid tool to help users convert XAVC S to MPEG-2, which ensures the best results when using in Adobe Premiere Pro.

With it, you can transcode from Sony a7S II XAVC S to MPEG-2 for using in Premiere Pro perfectly. Besides Adobe PP, this program can also help you effortlessly encode/re-encode 4K or 1080p XAVC-S for smoothly importing and editing in various non-linear editing systems (NLE), including Final Cut Pro X/7, iMovie, Final Cut Express, Avid Media Composer, Premiere Elements, etc. For Windows users, Video Converter is the alternative choice. Just download it and follow the tutorial below to get the work done.

1. Download, install and run the XAVC S to Premiere Pro Converter; click “Add Videos” icon to load your source XAVC S videos from a7s II.

2. Click “Format” pull down list to select Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas> MPEG-2(*.mpg) as the best video format for Premiere Pro. WMV, MOV formats are the good choice as well.

Tip – Profile Settings:
In case the default settings do not fit your requirement, you can click “Settings” button and enter “Profile Settings” panel to adjust video size, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channels.

3. Hit the convert button, it will start converting Sony a7S II XAVC S to  Premiere Pro immediately. Soon after the conversion, just click “Open” button to get the generated files for natively editing in Premiere Pro CC/CS6/CS5 perfectly.

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Convert DJI Inspire 1 4K to Adobe Premiere Pro CC/CS6

DJI has quickly become the top brand name in drones for photographers and filmmakers. The Inspire 1 camera features a 9-element lens, and can capture 4K video at 24 fps, or 1080p video at 60 fps. It can also capture 12-megapixel stills. While, how about the DJI Inspire 1 4K and Premiere Pro compatibility? I’m shooting 4K MP4/MOV videos with it.

Although Adobe Premiere Pro CS6, CC can handle 4K files without much problem, it is extremely hardware intensive. When you tried to load some 4K MP4/MOV files from DJI Inspire 1 to Adobe PP, you will find it’s hard work. To solve those problems, the quick workaround is to transcode DJI Inspire 1 4K to Adobe Premiere natively supported formats in proper settings. Along with some help from third-party software, it can be done effortlessly.

Now I share the guide with you how to convert Inspire 1 4K footage to Premiere Pro friendly format using Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac. With it, you can effortlessly convert DJI Inspire 1 4K for smoothly importing and editing in various non-linear editing systems (NLE), including Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, iMovie, Final Cut Express, Avid Media Composer and more. If you’re using a Windows, please turn to its equivalent Windows version –Video Converter, which can help you solve the 4K incompatibility issues on Windows PC.

Convert DJI Inspire 1 4K to Adobe Premiere Pro CC/CS6

Step 1: Run the 4K file converter program you just set up. Drag and drop 4K MP4 or MOV files to the converter. You can also hit Add files button to import videos to the app.

Step 2: Click “Format” pull down list to select Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas> MPEG-2(*.mpg) as the best video format for Premiere Pro. WMV, MOV formats are the good choice as well.

Tip: This 4K Video Converter also allows you to customize audio and video parameters like Video Codec, aspect ratio, bit rate, frame rate, Audio codec, sample rate, audio channels.

Step 3: When you finish all settings, hit “Convert” button to start conversion on Mac OS X. You can follow the conversion process from the pop-up windows.

When the conversion finished, you can import the converted DJI Inspire 1 4K files to Adobe Premiere Pro CC/CS6/CS5/CS4 smoothly with superior speed and the best quality.

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4K workflow in Final Cut Pro X/7

Q1: “Can FCP 7.0.3 edit 4k material? I’m working on a 4K project on a MacPro.”

Q2: “I may have a 4K edit job in the next few months. I’m running FCPX on an iMac. Can Final Cut Pro X support 4K files perfectly?”

As more and more 4K support cameras come out like Sony F5, F55, Sony AX100, Sony A7s, Panasonic GH4, DJI Phantom 3, Canon XC10 and more, more and more guys are stuck in 4K importing & editing issues. The typical one is how to import 4K to Final Cut Pro 7/X. In this article, we will talk about the issue and give you some hints.

Although FCP-X(FCP X 10.1.) supports some 4K videos( 4K ProRes, Sony XAVC and REDCODE RAW), while old version FCP X and Final Cut Pro 6/7 and like many editors use 1080p as primary delivery format and will continue to do so for a long time. If you want to have a smooth 4K video and FCP workflow, you are advised to convert 4K video to ProRes in proper settings(1080p) for further editing in FCP 6/7/X.  With the help of Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac, you can easily achieve the goal.

Overall, this program is a completely professional 4K video converter, player and editor. Unlike some free video converters, it is capable of serving as the best 4K Video Converter for Mac. It provides hundreds of output format presets for 4K videos, such as Apple ProRes 422, Apple ProRes 422(HQ), Apple ProRes 422 (LT), Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy), and Apple ProRes 4444 for Final Cut Pro, AIC MOV for FCE (Final Cut Express) and iMovie, MP4 for any mobile or PC video players, and more formats for better editing, playing, and burning. This Ultra HD Video Converter is also available to customize the output resolutions to any size the users want.

How to Convert 4K videos to ProRes for Final Cut Pro

Step 1: Add 4K source video > Click “Add” button on the top of the main interface to load original 4K videos to the program. Or you can simply drag&drop the videos to the software.

Step 2: Choose ProRes as output format > Press “Format” option and navigate the mouse cursor to choose “Format > Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” as the best codec for FCP  on Mac.

Step 3: Advance video/audio settings > You can click the “Settings” button and customize proper video/audio parameters if necessary. Video size, bitrate and fame rate are flexible and can be adjusted as you like. Usually 1920*1080 video size and 30fps video frame rate are recommended for FCP editing.

Step 4: Start 4K to FCP conversion Hit the convert button to start the 4k video to ProRes conversion on Mac OS X. After the conversion, click Open to get the output videos. And you can start editing these transcoded 4K files in FCP 7, FCP X. Create a project, make an event, drag the files to the event folder and start editing with light speed in FCP.

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Convert Canon XC10 4K MXF to ProRes for FCP 7/X

I’m trying to import some Canon XC10 4K .mxf files into FCP X. I’m not finding the proper protocol though. If I do a straight FCP X import I can go down through the folder hierarchy and find the actual .mxf file. I can ‘see’ the audio track, but the viewer screen is blank, and will not play. A little searching turns up the solution. Now I’d like to share the tips and tricks for editing Canon XC10 4K MXF in Final Cut Pro 7/X. Just read on to get something you want.

As we know, XC10 applies Canon’s new XF-AVC codec to record video files and package them in an .MXF wrapper. It achieves a high data compression rate although, this codec is difficult for video editing programs including Apple’s Final Cut Pro to recognize and support. Ultimately, the MXF files from Canon XC10 are not ideal for editing in FCP. What’s more, the old version FCP X or Final Cut Pro 6/7 like many editors use 1080p as primary delivery format; it is impossible to import 4K MXF to FCP directly.

The realizable workaround to load Canon XC10 4K MXF into Final Cut Pro smoothly is to transcode XC10 MXF to ProRes. Brorsoft MXF Converter for Mac is the best choice to get the work done. It lets you transcode 4K MXF to Apple ProRes, MPEG-2, Apple InterMediate Codec, DNxHD and more on Mac OS X(El Capitan, Yosemite included). This is a smart tool specially designed for MXF users to preview and convert 4K, 1080p MXF recordings to your wanted video and audio formats, so as to smoothly add them into FCP, Adobe Premiere Pro, iMovie, FCE, Avid Media Composer to do further editing.

Full Guide: Encode Canon XC10 MXF to Final Cut Pro

Step 1: Add MXF files to the converter

Launch MXF Converter for Mac, and click the “Add Files” button to load 4k or 1080p .mxf videos for converting.

Step 2: Choose ProRes as output format

Click the “Format” bar and select Final Cut Pro> Apple PreRes 422(*.mov) as output format.

Tips: Adjust video, audio settings

Click the “Settings” button and customize proper video/audio parameters including Video size, bitrate and fame rate and mroe. Usually 1920*1080 video size and 30fps video frame rate are recommended for FCP editing. Well, if you prefer to work with 4K video, you can adjust video size to get 4K ProRes for FCP.

Step 3: Start 4K MXF to ProRes conversion

Hit “Convert” button to let the 4K MXF to ProRes conversion begin.

When the conversion finished, check the generated ProRes video, you will certainly be satisfied with its final video quality. Now it would be easier for you to edit Canon XC10 4K MXF with Final Cut Pro X, FCP 7.

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Easy way to open Video_TS in iMovie on Mac(El Capitan)

I have a headache from Video_TS to iMovie problem. I took my wedding tapes and had it converted at the local photography store to DVD. They are in Video_TS format. I wanted to convert them into a format that can be used in iMovie and edit them. I bought toast, but it looks like it wants to copy the video to a DVD, not convert it. Is there any software that can help me convert and open Video_TS in iMovie easily?

A little searching turns out some clues. Video_TS files are used to store the disc files, including video objects files, disc information files, etc. It’s not that difficult to play these Video_TS files. But if you want to import Video_TS to iMovie for editing, you will need to convert Video_TS to a standard video file like MOV for iMovie.

To encode DVD Video_TS to iMovie, you need the assistant of a Video_TS to MOV converter. Here we strongly recommend Brorsoft DVD Ripper for Mac to you. With it, you can quickly and easily change Video_TS to MOV for editing in iMovie with least quality loss. Besides Video_TS folder, it also allows you to convert ISO image file, DVD to iMovie on Mac OS X(Yosemite, Mavericks). And you can customize your video files with the built-in free video editor. Now download the software and follow the guide below to get MOV video files from Video_TS folders for using in iMovie with ease.

Convert Video_TS folder to iMovie on Mac

1. Add Video_TS folder > Run the program and click “Load DVD” to select and load the Video_TS folder to the program.

2. Select output format > Click format bar to choose the format for output. For editing Video_TS files in iMovie on Mac, you can choose iMovie and Final Cut Express -> Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC)(*.mov), it’s best for iMovie editing.

Tip: If necessary, you can click “Settings” to adjust video encoders, bit rate, frame rate, etc.

3. Start converting Video_TS to iMovie > Finally, tap Convert button to start the Video_TS to AIC .mov conversion. After the conversion, you can click “Open” to get the converted MOV videos. Launch iMovie, choose File > Import > Movies…, to import the converted Video_TS into iMovie for smooth editing.

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How to add FLV Support in Windows Movie Maker

I love using Windows Movie Maker for creating simple movies. Now I would like to tweak a little with a video clip which is in .FLV format (Flash Video). Does Windows Movie Maker support FLV or can I download a patch which will enable me to use FLV in Windows Movie Maker? A little searching turns out the solution.

Windows Movie Maker lacks the support for Flash .flv video, To edit FLV files in WMM, it is a must to convert FLV to WMV or other compatible formats for Windows Movie Maker. Brorsoft Video Converter is a great help for you to get the job done. It is highly recommended to help you handle the conversion while keeping the original video quality. With it, you can convert FLV format to WMV, AVI easily and quickly for editing Windows Movie Maker. Besides FLV, it supports converting more file formats like MP4, MKV, VOB, MPG, MOV, MXF, MTS, etc to Windows Movie Maker as well as Pinnacle Studio, Sony Vegas, Adobe Premiere Pro, etc NLEs to meet your needs. Download the video converter and follow the guide below to get your work done in clicks!

Convert FLV and Import FLV to Windows Movie Maker

Step 1. Add FLV files

After the installation of the best FLV to Windows Movie Maker converter software, click Add button or drag & drop the FLV files you want to convert to the program. All added files will be displayed on the left item bar. It supports batch conversion.

Step 2. Choose Output Format

Click Format bar and choose “HD Video” > “WMV HD(*.wmv)” as the output video format. AVI is also the choice.

Tip: You can also change the output settings like bitrate, frame rate, etc. by clicking Settings.

Step 3. Start the conversion

After all the above settings, click the big Convert button to start transcoding your FLV video to Windows Movie Maker. The progress bar will show you how much of the encoding is completed.

When the conversion finishes, click Open button to find the converted WMV or AVI files. Now you can play and edit FLV in Windows Movie Maker smoothly.

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Work AVCHD *.mts Files in DaVinci Resolve(Lite)

Q: “Is there any possibility to work with AVCHD-files (*.mts container) in DaVinci Resolve? I am using it on Windows 7 x64 and Resolve does not even find these files!”

We found more than one guys are complaining the issues when importing AVCHD MTS to davinci resolve for post production. For the purpose to help them get rid of the trouble, in this page, I will give you a quick workaround to import MTS into DaVinci Resolve for editing beautifully.

Although DaVinci Resolve supports a wide range of file formats, AVCHD .MTS is not supported unless it’s wrapped in MOV container. To edit MTS video files in DaVinci Resolve 10/11/12, you need to convert MTS to DaVinci Resolve edit-friendly format such as QuickTime, ProRes, DNxHD first.

To finish the task, you can use Brorsoft MTS/M2TS Converter, the best video converter that can help you transcode AVCHD .mts to DaVinci Resolve compatible video with original quality. Besides, this software can also transcode MTS files for editing in Windows Movie Maker, Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro, Sony Vegas, etc NLEs. If you are running on Mac, please get MTS/M2TS converter for Mac. Download it now and follow the steps to convert your MTS videos to DaVinci Resolve.

Transcode MTS videos to DaVinci Resolve editable format

1. Import MTS files

Run the AVCHD MTS onverter and click the Add Files button to import the MTS videos to be converted. The converter supports converting multiple files at a time.

2. Choose output format

Hit Format bar to select output format. You can choose Avid Media Composer > Avid DNxHD 1080p(*.mov) as output format. It is an ideal editing format for Resolve. Of course, you can also click “Common Video” > “MOV – QuickTime (*.MOV)” as the target format.

Tip: If you like, adjust video and audio parameters, including the Bitrate of Video and Audio, the Codec of Video and Audio, Video Size, Sample Rate, Frame Rate, Audio Channels, etc., by clicking the Settings button on the main interface for getting the best quality.

3. Start converting MTS files

In the end, click the “Convert” button to start converting MTS for DaVinci Resolve and everything else will be automated.

When the conversion is finished, you can click “Open” button to get the generated .mov files effortlessly. Now, it’s much easy for you to import the converted MTS files to DaVinci Resolve for further editing.

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The versatile MTS to DaVinci Resolve converter is not only designed for converting MTS files for Resolve. It is also professionalized in converting AVCHD files editable in Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Premiere Elements, Windows Movie Maker, Avid Media Composer, Sony Vegas Pro, After Effects, Magix Movie Editor Pro, Pinnacle Studio, CyberLink PowerDirector, etc to meet your different needs.

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Importing Sony PXW-X70 XAVC-Long GOP to Sony Vegas

The hot camera Sony PXW-X70 records videos with the professional XAVC Long GOP, which offers up to 4:2:2 10-bit in cameras like the at up to 50 megabit/second. However, using XAVC Long GOP files is not as easy as it should be so far. This article focuses on Sony PXW-X70 XAVC-Long GOP to Sony Vegas workflow.

XAVC-L files can’t be supported by Sony Vegas Pro natively. Although Sony offers trial software to convert/transcode, at least the trial versions I have tried don’t even read professional XAVC Long GOP files, let alone transcode them. I have requested an NFR license to determine whether the issue is only with the trial versions, but I have not yet received said license.

There are several third-party software that promise to transcode professional XAVC Long GOP files. So far, the ones I have tried either crash upon opening or don’t read. The only piece of transcoding software I currently have installed that has been able to read and transcode professional XAVC Long GOP files so far is Brorsoft Video Converter.

It does a good job in converting Sony PXW-X70 XAVC-long GOP files to Sony Vegas Pro most compatible format like MPEG-2 with least quality loss. Plus, it supports encoding camera shootings in different formats (H.264 MOV, MTS/M2TS, MP4, MXF, etc.) to video editing software compatible file types, i.e. MPEG-2 for Premiere Pro, DNxHD for Avid Media Composer, WMV for Windows Movie Maker, AVI to Pinnacle Studio to meet your different needs.

Encoding Sony PXW-X70 XAVC-L files to MPEG-2 for Sony Vegas Pro

Step 1: Run the best XAVC-L to Sony Vegas Converter, and click the “Add” button to load XAVC videos from PXW-X70.

Step 2: Click “Format” bar to determine output format. Follow “Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas” and select “MPEG-2(*.mpg)” as the output format. Besides, you can also choose WMV (VC-1) (*.wmv) if you want to get a relatively smaller output file.

Step 3: Adjust video and audio parameters, including the Bitrate of Video and Audio, the Codec of Video and Audio, Video Size, Sample Rate, Frame Rate, Audio Channels, etc., in the Profile Settings.

Step 4: Click “Convert” button to start encoding Sony PXW-X70 XAVC-L to MPG for importing to Sony Vegas Pro.

When the conversion task is finished, click “Open” button to get the exported files and then import the converted Sony PXW-X70 XAVC-Long GOP footage into Vegas Pro 10/11/12/13 to do further editing without hassle.

P.S. What’s GOP (not the political party) and i-frame?

For those unfamiliar, GOP is an acronym which stands for Group of Pictures. Both Panasonic and Sony offer both i-frame (intra frame) and Long GOP versions of H.264. The i-frame versions compress every frame individually, and are heavier (require a higher bit rate to achieve the same picture quality) but are more easily editable with older, less capable computers and older editing software. Long GOP versions only include some of the frames completely, and in other frames include the differences that appear in subsequent frames. Long GOP versions are more efficient, and therefore can give very high quality at a much lower bit rate.

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Tips Importing GoPro 4K to Pinnacle Studio

If you are an experienced GoPro user, you may know that the GoPro 4K files are not well supported by Pinnacle Studio, so we need to transcodee GoPro 4K to Pinnacle Studio native format. And I know there are lots of converters claimed that they can convert GoPro 4K videos form GoPro Hero3/Hero 4 to Pinnacle Studio, but in fact, they are useless and inconvenient because their conversion speed is too slow and costs too much quality.

The common recommended solution I figured out is to convert GoPro 4K to MPEG-2 for Pinnacle Studio with Brorsoft Video Converter (a professional 4K video converter tool). It can generates best editing format/codec for filmmakers and video enthusiasts to use in different NLE apps, such as Adobe Premiere Pro CS4/CS5/CS6/CC, Adobe After Effects, Windows Movie Maker, Pinnacle Studio, Sony Vegas Pro and more. With it, you can encode 4K videos from GoPro to Pinnacle friendly format without any quality loss.

3-steps Tutorial on converting GoPro 4K to Pinnacle Studio

Step 1. Load GoPro 4K files

After downloading, install and run this GoPro 4K Video Converter, just copy the 4K MP4 files from your GoPro right to your hard drive, import the files to the software.

Step 2. Select Pinnacle Studio best format

Click “Format” bar and choose “Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas > MPEG-2 (*.mpg)” as output format on the drop-down menu. Of course, you can also choose AVI, MP4, WMV from “Common Video” as the output format.

Tip: You can also click “Settings” to fix the frame rate, bitrate, video size, etc to your needs, that you can play and edit GoPro 4K movies in Pinnacle Studio easily. Generally, 1080p video size is good for Pinnacle editing.

Step 3. Convert GoPro 4K to Pinnacle Studio

Click the convert button under the preview window, the converter will start encoding 4K video from GoPro Hero 3, Hero 4 for Pinnacle Studio.

After the conversion, click the “Open” button to locate converted files, and then you can load the converted GoPro 4K files into Pinnacle Studio 14/15/16/17/18 for working perfectly.

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How to import and edit Sony PXW-Z100 XAVC in Final Cut Pro

The Sony XDCAM PXW-Z100 is a fantastic value for getting into the 4K workflow. It applies Sony’s new XAVC 4:2:2 10-bit intra frame recording format bring you superb video quality. While something frustrating, when importing Sony PXW-Z100 XAVC to FCP for post-workflow, there are always some issues. To help so many guys to get of the trouble, here I’d like to share some tips and tricks for Sony PXW-Z100 to Final Cut Pro workflow based on my own experience.

As far as I know, Sony’s XAVC recording format first employed in the PMW-F55 CineAlta 4K camera is still not supported well by Final Cut Pro so far, not only the 4K video. To edit Sony PXW-Z100 XAVC footage in Final Cut Pro X or FCP 7/6 smoothly, a suggestion is to use Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac to transcode “XAVC” to “ProRes”, which is an edit- friendly format supported by FCP.

With it, you can effortlessly encode/re-encode XAVC 4K footage shot from Sony PXW-Z100 for smoothly importing and editing in various non-linear editing systems (NLE), including Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, iMovie, Final Cut Express and more. Now just download it and follow the steps below to finish the Sony XAVC to ProRes MOV conversion.

Convert PXW-Z100 XAVC to ProRes for editing in Final Cut Pro

Step 1. Install the program on Mac and run it. Drag the XAVC files to the software. Or you can also click “Add” button on the top of the main interface to import video to the program. It supports batch conversion and joining multiple video clips into one file.

Step 2. Click the “Format” bar and select Final Cut Pro> Apple PreRes 422(*.mov) as output format. This format is specially designed for FCP, so that you can edit your original Sony PXW-Z100 video in Final Cut Pro perfectly.

Tip: Click “Settings” button if you’d like to customize advanced audio and video parameters like Video Codec, aspect ratio, bit rate, frame rate, Audio codec, sample rate, audio channels. For editing Sony Z100 footage in FCP 7, you’d better downscale the video size from 4K to 1080p as FCP can’t deal with 4K video well.

Step 3. Finally, hit the “Convert” icon under the preview window, and the Mac video converter will start converting Sony PXW-Z100 XAVC to Prores MOV for FCP on Mac OS X.

After the conversion, click “Open” to locate the result videos and then launch Final Cut Pro, choose File > Import > Files…, and browse to where you save the converted XAVC clips to. Choose the videos that you’d like to add. Now you can start fun away with editing Sony PXW-Z100 video in Final Cut Pro X or FCP 7/6 without issues.

Additional Tips:

This XAVC to FCP Converter can also help you to encode XAVC video to iMovie, Adobe, FCE, Avid, etc. You just need to choose a proper video format like “iMovie and Final Cut Express -> Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)” in the second step. For Avid Media Composer, choose “Avid Media Composer > Avid DNxHD(*.mov)” as output; For Adobe Premiere Pro, choose Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas> MPEG-2(*.mpg) as output.

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