Saturday, January 18, 2014

Sony F5 XAVC codec and Avid Media Composer Workflow

If you fail to import Sony F5 XAVC videos to Avid Media Composer, you can refer to the following guide to easily convert XAVC to Avid DNxHD codec for native editing.

Sony developed XAVC to handle the higher data rates of high-speed and 4k. Thus, many experienced Avid users may wonder about the XAVC codec and Avid Media Composer workflow:

I'm a producer and editor. We do a lot of broadcast programming for a sports network, I shoot some videos from Sony F5 to record the opening sequences for a few college football games. But I'm hoping to find out the way to edit the F5 in Avid Media Composer.

Did a google search for my issue and 
Sony XAVC Converter for Avid came up. It is easy to use and pretty fast as well. This program can transcode Sony F5 XAVC files to Avid DNxHD files, including converting the frame rate keeping the XAVC orginal qualityIt did sort of choke when more than 2 streams were working at once, so as long as I kept it set for 2, it was good.  Besides Avid, this software can also export Prores for FCP, AIC for iMovie and FCE, MOV for Adobe Premiere and more NLE systems for native editing. 

How to import and edit Sony F5 XAVC file with Avid Media Composer

Step 1. Install and launch this Sony XAVC Converter for Mac, click top left two icons to load individual videos or load the entire folder from Sony F5 camcorder.

Step 2. Click Format and choose Avid Media Composer >Avid DNxHD (*.mov) as the best video format for editing in Avid Media Composer on Mac.

Click Settings to change the video bitrate, frame rate, size, etc. all according to your needs.

Step 3. Click the big red circle at the bottom right to start converting Sony F5 XAVC footage to Avid Media Composer on mac. Wait for a while; you can load the fresh hot converted video to AMC now.


You can trim out a few clips before converting XAVC to Avid.

Now click the pencil-like icon (Edit) and locate the Trim icon. Drag the small triangle icons to locate the opening and ending

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