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 Sony ActionCam XAVC S to Adobe Premiere Pro CC/CS6

If you are considering a Sony ActionCam, HDR-AS100V, HDR-AS200V, FDR-X1000V should be on your list. Combining the stunning design, the recent Sony Action camcorders can shoot Full HD and even 4K videos in XAVC S format. Once you got a Sony ActionCam, you may wanna know the compatibility of the Sony ActionCam XAVC S with Premiere Pro. In this page, I will give you the answer.

As mentioned above, Sony ActionCam like HDR-AS100V, HDR-AS200V, FDR-X1000V can record footage in XAVC S format. As far as I know Adobe can’t support XAVC S 4K & HD. To import Sony ActionCam XAVC S to Adobe Premiere for further editing, you need to convert videos from my Sony ActionCam to a format that Adobe Premiere Pro(including CC/CS6/CS5/CS4) can use.  You can try converting the XAVC S files with some third-party software like Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac. It’s the app I’m using.

Overall, Brorsoft’s Video Converter Mac can enable you to effortlessly transcode Sony XAVC S to MPEG-2 files, which will create an Premiere friendly file format for smooth editing. Besides Premiere Pro, this software can also export DNxHD for Aivd MC, Apple ProRes for Final Cut Pro, AIC for iMovie/Final Cut Express and more NLE systems for native editing. If you are on Windows, just turn to Brorsoft Video Converter. Now get the step-by-step instruction below.

Sony ActionCam XAVC S and Premiere Pro Best Workflow

Step 1: Install and launch the Sony XAVC S converter on Mac and click the “Add” button to load source files for converting. Check the “Merge into one” box, you can join several XAVC S clips together.

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 – 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.

Step 3: Hit the convert button, it will start converting XAVC S files from Sony ActionCam to Adobe Premiere 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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