Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Sony α7 II XAVC-S in Avid MC-Work and Edit Sony A7 ii video clips with Avid Media Composer

In this page, we'll study the Sony A7 ii to Avid Media Composer workflow to deal with the XAVC S footage in an effective way.

Sony has released the α7 II (ILCE-7M2), the next in the α7 series of interchangeable-lens models and the world’s first camera with optical 5-axis image stabilization designed for a full-frame image sensor.The camera offers outstanding image quality in a compact size and light build, and it carries on the traditions of the α7 series, which includes the world’s smallest and lightest interchangeable-lens full-frame camera (α7R). A 24.3 effective megapixel 35 mm full-frame Exmor® CMOS sensor moves along five axes to compensate for camera shake, providing optical image stabilization equivalent to up to 4.5 steps faster shutter speed of correction for still images.

Recording Format-Movies: XAVC S / AVCHD format Ver. 2.0 compliant / MP4

For extremely high image quality and minimal noise, record movies in the high-bit-rate XAVC S format, which was developed based on the professional XAVC 4K/HD format. It enables Full HD (1920 x 1080) image recording at 50Mbps (60p/50p, 30p/25p, 24p)* and employs linear PCM sound for high-quality sound recording.

When you want to import and edit XAVC S clips from Sony A7 ii in Avid MC, it would be a bit harder.

"I am trying to work with files from the new Sony a7 ii into Avid Media Composer. The camera uses a flavor of MP4 that is called XAVC-S. I (and apparently others) have tried the traditional importing method -- and it's a no-go. We have also tried AMA using Sony's XAVC AMA plugin, however the plug-in does not seem to support XAVC-S."

Actually, Avid uses DNxHD as a codec technology, engineered to create mastering-quality media at reduced file sizes, shattering the barriers to real-time productivity. Thus, if you want to edit XAVC S in Avid Media Composer smoothly, a possible solution is to convert XAVC S to DNxHD for Avid. It seemly requires 3rd party software to get the work done. Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac is one of the best choice.

The program is an easy-to-use yet professional XAVC S Converter for Mac. It's able to convert XAVC S files from Sony A7 ii to Avid Media Composer more compatible DNxHD .mov video. With it, you may also encode XAVC S/XAVC to Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, FCE, iMovie and more NLE programs highly compatible formats for editing. If meet the XAVC S codec issues on Windows PC, please get Brorsoft Video Converter to solve the problem.

Download Sony A7 II media converter:

(Note: Click here for OS X 10.5)

Converting Sony A7 II XAVC S to Avid Media Composer

Step 1. After downloading, install and run this XAVC S Converter for Avid, just copy the XAVC S files to your hard drive. Then click Add to import the files to the software for converting.

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

Step 3. If the default settings do not fit you requirement, you can click "Settings" icon to and enter "Profile Settings" panel to adjust video size, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channels. For original 4K XAVC S files, if don't stick with 4K, you're suggested to download 4K to 1080p for easier editing.

Step 4. Finally hit the Convert button; it will encode Sony A7 ii XAVC S to DNxHD for Avid Media Composer 7/6/5/4 immediately. When the conversion process shows in 100%, you can get the resulted videos from output folder easily for easier editing in Avid MC.

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