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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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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Import video from Sony PXW-X70 to Avid MC/Premiere Pro/FCP

The new Sony PXW-X70 is an ultra-compact XDCAM with a 1″ sensor and the ability to shoot 4K footage with an upgrade. The camera records broadcast quality 1920 x 1080 HD video using a variety of codecs, at 4:2:2 10-bit in XAVC, AVCHD and DV format. Although the PXW-X70 offers us a wide choice for video recording format, it seems that the post-production is not as easy as we image. If you want to edit Sony PXW-X70 videos on Mac, you may find the high quality video files are not recognized by most editing software like Final Cut Pro, iMovie, Avid Media Composer, etc. In this article, I will give you an effective way to import Sony PXW-X70 raw footage to Avid MC/Premiere Pro/FCP flawlessly.

And as far as I know, the XAVC video included in PXW-X70 soon is not compatible with NELs just like from Sony F5/F55. So, how to convert/import Sony PXW-X70 raw footage to FCP/Avid/Premiere Pro? Is there software can do the job?

The answer is positive. To convert and import Sony PXW-X70 videos to iMovie, FCP, FCE, Avid MC, Premiere Pro, etc, you just need Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac to help you. It is the solid tool to help users make the XAVC/MTS/DV files transcoded under OS X Leopard (10.5), Snow Leopard (10.6), Lion (10.7), Mountain Lion (10.8), Mavericks(10.9). It offers the optimal preset profiles for Final Cut Pro 6/7 and FCP X, Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro, iMovie, FCE and more. And there is no need to worry about the quality loss.

How to convert Sony PXW-X70 footage into Avid, Premiere, FCP

STEP 1: You need to download, install and run the smart XAVC Converter for Mac and transfer your recordings to the program from the Sony PXW-X70 camcorder.

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

a. Select Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov) as the output format for Final Cut Pro.

b. To edit Sony PXW-X70 footage in Avid MC, choose Avid Media Composer->Avid DNxHD(*.mov).

c. For importing Sony PXW-X70 video to Premiere Pro, please select Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas > MPEG-2 (*.mpg).

Tip: 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 PXW-X70 XAVC video conversion on Mac OS X.

Once the conversion is 100% completed, you can smoothly copy the converted files to FCP/Avid/Premiere with smooth editing.

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