Summary: XAVC is still unsupported in Adobe Premiere Pro? This article teaches you how to convert and import XAVC files to Premiere Pro CC, CS6, CS5, CS4 without rendering or any other problems.
Sony's had a couple of great cameras like PXW-F5, PXW-F55, PXW-Z100, PXW-X500, PXW- FS7… that support recording with a new file format XAVC. If you are the Adobe Premiere Pro CC(7.2) users, you will feel lucky that it can support XAVC Intra(4:2:2 10 bit) encode/export both for HD, 2K, QFHD and 4K. However, there’s not going to be native support for the XAVC codec in most NLEs. The previous version of Premiere Pro CS6, CS5, CS4 cannot support XAVC codec natively. Fortunately, I’ve figured out the solution for editing XAVC in Premiere Pro CC, CS6, CS5, CS4 flawlessly. Read on to learn the XAVC to Premiere Pro CC/CS6/CS5/CS4 best workflow.
We’d accept the truth XAVC codec as a new codec is not widely supported. To make the XAVC compatible with Adobe Premiere Pro, the easy workaround is to convert XAVC (4K) to Premiere Pro edit-friendly MPEG-2 video, which ensures best results when using in Premiere Pro CC, CS6, CS5, CS4. Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac is the solid tool to help users make the XAVC to Premiere conversion on Mac OS X. Download it and follow the tutorial below.
How to Import Sony XAVC to Premiere CC/CS6/CS5/CS4 for editing
The below guide uses Mac screenshot. If you are a Windows PC user and willing to encode XAVC to MPEG-2 for Premiere CC/CS6/CS5 on Windows, Brorsoft Video Converter is your first choice.
Step 1: Load files to the program
Launch the XAVC to Premiere Pro Converter and click "Add File" button to locate the Sony XAVC file(s) you want to add. Or you can drag&drop the files into software window list directly.
Step 2: Choose Premiere Pro preferred format
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.
Step 3: Adjust the video, audio settings(optional)
Click "Settings" to fix the frame rate, bitrate, video size, etc to your needs. To have a smooth editing with Adobe Premiere Pro, you need create the files with the appropriate resolution and frame rate that matches your source footage.
Step 4: Start conversion
Finally, click the big "Convert" button at the bottom right corner to finish encoding XAVC for Adobe Premiere on Mac OS X.
When the conversion is done, you can find the output files by clicking "Open" button on the main interface, then you can transfer the encoded XAVC files to your Premiere Pro CC/CS6/CS5/CS4 to play and edit without any problem.
Editor’s Note: For Mac users the Premiere Pro CS6 requires the installation of additional third-party software like “Final Cut Pro” from Apple to be compatible with XAV HD. For Windows users, the videographer needs to install the Main Concept/Rovi Total code plugin which will enable XAVC in both HD and 4K. If you don’t like the way, you can turn to the above recommended XAVC to Premiere Pro Converter to fast solve the XAVC to Premiere Pro incompatibility issues, no matter Premiere Pro CC or CS6, CS5, CS4 or any version.
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