Sony PXW-X160 XAVC to Premiere Pro/FCP/Avid MC Editing Tips

The Sony PXW-X160 is a new model in the XDCAM series of camcorders like Sony PXW-X70. It can record in XAVC Intra and Long GOP, enabling 10-bit sampling for HD recordings with a long tonal range, and also the MPEG HD422 at 50 Mbps format now used frequently in broadcast and production. While, if you want to edit the XAVC videos from Sony PXW-X160, you may find the high quality XAVC files are not recognized by most editing software like Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer, etc. So, how to import Sony XAVC clips from Sony PXW-X160 to Premiere Pro, FCP, Avid MC correctly?

As far as I know, 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. But XAVC is not the preferred format by Non-Linear Editing system(NLE) FCP, Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer included. To avoid these problems or limit, it will be better to transcode Sony PXW-X160 footage to a more editing-friendly format, such a FCP’s Apple ProRes, Avid’s DNxHD codec. Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac is the solid tool to help users make the XAVC transcoding on Mac OS X.

With it, you can effortlessly encode/re-encode XAVC intra footage and XAVC Long GOP shot from Sony PXW-X160 for smoothly importing and editing in various non-linear editing systems (NLE), including Final Cut Pro 6/7, FCP X, iMovie, Final Cut Express, Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer and more. And there is no need to worry about the quality loss.

Below is the simple guide about how to convert Sony PXW-X160 XAVC footage into FCP, Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer

STEP 1: You need to download, install and run the smart XAVC Converter Mac and transfer your XAVC recordings to the program from the Sony PXW-X160. Join videos clips via checking the “Merge into one” box.

STEP 2: Click on the “Format” bar and choose a best editable format.

a. To edit Sony PXW-X160 XAVC in FCP X/7/6, please select Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov) as the output format.

b. To convert Sony XAVC to Avid Media Composer, choose Avid Media Composer -> Avid DNxHD (*.mov) as the target format.

c. Choose Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas –> MPEG-2(*.mpg) as output format for editing Sony PXW-X160 XAVC in Adobe with natively supported video codec.

PS: You also can click “Settings” to set video frame rate, video size and Video Bitrate as you want.

STEP 3: As soon as all things are finished, please click “Convert” button to start the Sony XAVC video conversion on Mac OS X.

Once the conversion is 100% completed, you can smoothly copy the converted Sony PWX-X160 XAVC files to FCP/Adobe Premiere/Avid MC.

Additional Tips:

This powerful XAVC Converter for Mac not only can help you to convert XAVC files, but also can help you convert AVCHD to Final Cut Pro, Adobe PP, Avid MC, iMovie compatible format that you recorded from Sony PXW-X160. In other words, this video app can aid you to resolve all the importing incompatible issues on Mac OS X.

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