Using Sony a7 II XAVC S in Avid Media Composer

As a photography enthusiast, you may just get a Sony a7 II. In addition to highly detailed stills with smooth gradations, the a7II now has access to the high-bit-rate XAVC S format with 60p, 30p, and 24p recording options, all at 50 Mbps. However, if you want to import Sony a7 II XAVC S to Avid Media Composer for editing the movies, you may find the high quality XAVC S format is not recognized by Avid. So what’s the matter? And what’s the available workflow for Sony a7 II and Avid Media Composer?

Generally, we can try Sony’s AMA plugin to import some videos like MXF, MTS to Avid for editing. But when we tried AMA, the plug-in does not seem to support XAVC-S. Well, XAVC S codec is a new one, and is not widely supported, including Avid Media Composer 4/5/6/7/8. To make the Sony a7 II XAVC S files compatible with Avid MC, the easy workaround is to convert XAVC S to DNxHD, which ensures best results when using in Avid Media Composer. Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac is the solid tool to help users make the XAVC S to DNxHD .mov transcoding on Mac OS X(Yosemite and Mavericks included).

With it, you effortlessly encode/re-encode XAVC S footage shot from Sony a7 II to Avid MC highly compatible DNxHD MOV, ensuring maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with Avid Media Composer. Besides, its also exports advanced encoders like Apple Intermediate Codec, Apple ProRes, MPEG-2, etc. allowing you to convert video to seamlessly fit iMovie, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere, etc. If you are handle XAVC S files on Windows PC, please get Video Converter. Below are the steps on converting XAVC S to DNxHD for Avid.

Converting Sony a7 II XAVC S for Editing in Avid Media Composer

Step 1: Import XAVC S videos

Install and run the XAVC S to DNxHD Converter on your Mac, then run it. Click on “Add”, and browse your files; select all the XAVC S files you wanna convert. If you want to combine all the files together for easy importing to Avid, please tick the box “Merge into one” on the main interface.

Step 2: Choose DNxHD as output format

You just need to go to “Avid Media Composer -> DNxHD (*.mov)” as the best video format for editing XAVC S in Avid with good video quality.

Tips: Adjust video, audio settings

Click the “Settings” button and customize proper video/audio parameters including Video size, bitrate and fame rate and more.

Step 3: Start XAVC S to DNxHD conversion

After all necessary settings, hit the convert button to start encoding XAVC S to Avid DNxHD on Mac OS X. Once the conversion process shows in 100%, click Open to get the output videos. Create a project and start editing Son a7 II XAVC S in Avid Media Composer 5/6/7/8 smoothly.

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