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Trouble importing Sony F5 XAVC footage to Avid MC- Fix

    Summary: The Best workflow for converting, importing and editing Sony F5 XAVC footage within Avid Media Composer smoothly.

If you've got some material from Sony F5, you will research possible workflows for Sony F5 to Avid Media Composer or the compatibility of Sony F5 XAVC and Avid Media Composer. In this article, l list specifics about a workflow of Sony F5’s XAVC codec through Avid Media Composer.

In fact, Avid has supported Sony’s MPEG2 format for many years now, and was first out of the gate to support XAVC HD. Like most Avid workflows these days, video is imported via Avid Media Access (AMA). To make this work for both MPEG2 & XAVC HD you’ll need to install the XAVC/XDCAM Plug-in for Avid (PDZK-MA2).

Once installed, launch Avid Media Composer and you can import your Sony XAVC videos from PXW-F5 in usual. However, it’s a pity there are still some issues occurred from time to time during the importing and editing process. With the plug-in, Avid still can’t ingest long footage. And what we need to keep in mind that Avid can’t support 4K XAVC footage well currently, so you will get an error if you try to import it. Plus, Avid does not have a 60p project format so you will most likely be working in a 60i (interlace) type project.

To avoid these problems, it will be better to transcode Sony F5 XAVC to a more "edit" friendly codec. Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac is highly recommended here. The program is an easy-to-use yet professional Sony XAVC Converter for Avid Media Composer. It's able to convert XAVC files from Sony F5 to Avid more compatible format DNxHD video. With it, you may also encode XAVC to Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, iMovie and more NLE programs highly compatible formats for editing. If meet the XAVC codec issues on Windows PC, please get Brorsoft Video Converter to solve the problem. Download it and follow the guide to convert Sony F5 XAVC files to DNxHD.

Guide of Converting Sony F5 XAVC to Avid Media Composer

Step 1: Run the program you just set up. Drag and drop the XAVC files to the Converter. You can also hit Add files button to import videos to the app.

Step 2: You just need to go to "Avid Media Composer -> DNxHD (*.mov)" as the best video format for editing Sony F5 XAVC in Avid as well as good video quality.

Tip: You can also click "Settings" on the XAVC to Avid MC Converter to fix the frame rate, bitrate and video quality to your needs.

Step 3: When you finish all settings, hit "Convert" button to start XAVC to DNxHD .mov conversion on Mac OS X. You can follow the conversion process from the pop-up windows.

Once the conversion finished, you can import the converted Sony F5 XAVC file to Avid Media Composer (5.5/6.0/6.5/7) smoothly with superior speed once the post production process begins.

Additional Tips:

If you don't konw how to download Sony F5/F55 SxS Recorded Footage, do as following: The F5 & F55 record to SxS cards, so you'll need a Sony SxS card reader, Echo Thunderbolt Card reader, or a computer equipped with an ExpressCard 34 slot to start. Make sure you download the latest SxS drivers from Sony's website and keep in mind that the F5/F55 formats cards in exFAT, which a universal format for both Mac and PC. Plus, Content Browser v2.0 is also needed to play back and download clips off their original media.

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Source: Converting Sony F5 XAVC to Avid Media Composer

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