Sony F5/F55 Workflow- Import Sony F5/F55 XAVC to Avid Media Composer



Sony PMW-F55 and PMW-F5 are the two pioneers that can record Full HD XAVC clips, RAW 2K and RAW 4K recoding. If you got a Sony F55 OR Sony F5, ever encountered any troubles when importing Sony F5/F55 XAVC to Avid for editing? This article is mainly to solve the Sony F5/F55 recordings to Avid Media Composer editing issues. Read on and I think you can get clues as you want.

As many users get Sony F55, Sony F5, more problems are coming up: some of them have the need to working XAVC videos in Avid Media Composer(5/6/7), but they always meet some issues. In fact, XAVC is an open recoding format that was introduced by Sony. It allows for a wide range of content production including intra frame recording and long group of pictures (GOP) recording. XAVC is produced by two CineAlta cameras Sony PMW-F55 and Sony PMW-F5, which is not the preferred format by Avid Media Composer. You will have problem for transferring these XAVC videos even with the XAVC/XDCAM Plug-in for Avid. 

To avoid these problems or limit, it will be better to transcode Sony F55/F5 footage to a more editing-friendly format, such as Avid Media Composer’s DNxHD .mov. The video app I’m using is Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac, which is an easy-to-use yet professional Sony XAVC Converter Mac. With it, you can effortlessly transcode Sony’s new XAVC codec to DNxHD encoded MOV files, which will create an Avid MC friendly file format keeping the XAVC original quality. Besides Avid, this software can also export MPEG-2 for Premiere Pro, ProRes for Final Cut Pro, AIC for iMovie/FCE and more NLE systems for native editing. If you are working on Windows(Windows 8 included), please turn to Brorsoft Video Converter. Just download it and follow the tutorial below to get the work done. 

Tips Editing Sony F5/F55 XAVC in Avid Media Composer

Step 1: Load XAVC clips to the converter

Run the best XAVC to Avid Media Composer Converter and click “Add file” or “Add from folder” button, browse to the Sony F5/F55 footages and load them to the converter for conversion. You can check the “Merge into one” box to join several 4K files together. 



Step 2: Choose a proper output format

Click “Format” bar to choose output format. You are recommended to choose “Avid Media Composer -> DNxHD (*.mov)” as the target format. 



Tip: Advanced video settings 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. Note: If you want to get original 4K resolution, just keep the video size as original. 

Step 3: Start converting XAVC to DNxHD 

When you finish all settings, hit “Convert” button to start transcoding F5/F55 video for Avid Media Composer on Mac. You can follow the conversion process from the pop-up windows. 

After the conversion, it’s freely to import F5/F55 XAVC footage into Avid Media Composer for natively editing. 

Additional Tips:  Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac not only can encode XAVC files to Avid MC, but also enable you to import 4K, full HD, HD videos in AVI, WMV, MP4, MOV, XAVC, XAVC S, MXF, etc format to Final Cut Pro, iMovie, Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects and more editing programs. 

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