Workaround for editing XAVC (S) in Sony Vegas Pro

As you know, in 2012 when Sony introduced its pro level PMW-F55 and Sony PMW-F5 4K cameras it created a new format called XAVC. Later, a variation on XAVC has been developed called XAVC S. This format differs from XAVC in that it uses GOP codec of H.264/AVC for video file compression. What we’d note is that XAVC/XAVC S is not an ideal editable format for NLE based on many users’ experience. This article, I will quickly walk you through the XAVC(S) to Sony Vegas Pro workflow.

Although Sony provides a copy of Sony Vegas, which can handle the XAVC, XAVC S files. While, no luck for anyone. There are still many users are facing the trouble when importing and editing XAVC/XAVC S files in Sony Vegas Pro due to the format incompatibility.

So, how to make Sony XAVC/S files work in Vegas Pro perfectly? To get rid of the issues, you will need to transcode XAVC/S to a more “edit” friendly codec for Sony Vegas – and MPEG-2 is. Now I share the guide with you how to convert XAVC (S) to Sony Vegas Pro friendly format using Brorsoft Video Converter.

With it, you can effortlessly encode/re-encode XAVC (S) 4K, HD footage shot from Sony FDR-AX1, F5, F55, AX100, etc for smoothly importing and editing in various non-linear editing systems (NLE), including Sony Vegas Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, Pinnacle Studio, Windows Movie Maker and more.

How to Convert XAVC (S) to MPEG-2 for editing in Sony Vegas Pro

1. Download, install and run the Sony XAVC S Converter; click “Add Videos” icon to load your source XAVC or XAVC S videos.

2. Choose output format > Click “Format” bar and choose Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas –> MPEG-2(*.mpg) as output format for editing XAVC in Sony Vegas with natively supported video codec.

3. 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.

4. Hit the convert button, it will start converting XAVC (S) for importing to Sony Vegas Pro immediately. Soon after the conversion, just click “Open” button to get the generated files for natively editing in Sony Vegas Pro 11/12/13 perfectly.

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