Thursday, January 28, 2016

How to edit Sony A7S II XAVC S 4K files in Windows Movie Maker?

“Hi, guys, I’m shooting with a new Sony A7s II camera. It records 4K footage in XAVC S codec using MP4 container. I would like to edit these XAVC S files in Windows Movie Maker but couldn’t figure out an available way to import them. Does Movie Maker have native support for A7s II XAVC S files? If not, is there any workaround to make WMM work with Sony A7s II XAVC S 4k files? Any suggestions? I would really appreciate any help. Thanks.”

Sony A7s II can shoot 4K videos internally (3,840 x 2,160) at 24 or 30fps in the XAVC S format. XAVC S is intended as a more economic and simpler consumer codec, which is widely used in Sony's hottest 4K cameras like the A7s, FDR-AX100, HDR-AS100V/AS200V, A7II, etc. 

You may have got such a 4K camera and shoot lots of XAVC S videos and now want to make a home movie in Windows Movie Maker. However, Movie Maker will not recognize your XAVC S files imported. The reason is simple: XAVC S is not in the supported video format of Windows Movie Maker. To achieve your goal, the easy workaround is to convert XAVC S to Windows Movie Maker compatible video format first. 

To be able to import and edit A7s II 4K footage in Windows Movie Maker fluidly, we would recommend transcoding the A7s II XAVC-S footage to Movie Maker preferred WMV/DV AVI format first. This requires third party software like Pavtube Video Converter.

It supports creating high quality WMV video for your Windows Movie Maker on Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista, no matter what's the format of your source video files. It can convert almost any video to WMV so you can import your XAVC S video to Windows Movie Maker for editing. Plus, it comes with all regular video editing tools like Trim, Crop, Effect, Watermark. For basic video editing tasks, you can even replace your Windows Movie Maker with it. What's more, the program also provides optimized presets for Adobe PremiereAvid, Sony Vegas and many more.

First free download and install Pavtube Video Converter on your PC, here’s a quick guide explaining how to process A7s II XAVC-S 4K to WMV/DV AVI conversion for Windows Movie Maker via using this converter app.


1.Run this program, you will find the interface is very brief, this program is very easy to use, now please click add files button to import the video files that you want to convert, you can add batch files at one time.

2.After you imported the Sony A7S II files, please choose a video format for output. To edit Sony A7S II files with Windows Movie Maker smoothly, you will need to choose Windows Movie Maker native supported video format, just click the format bar and choose "HD Video">"WMV HD (*.wmv)" as your output format.

To edit torrent movies with Windows Movie Maker, select to output WMM supported DV AVI file format from "DV" > "DV AVI NTSC (*.avi)" or "DV AVI PAL(*.avi)".

3.Click "Settings" button, then you will be able to adjust audio and video parameters on the popup window to customize the output file quality, these adjustable parameters include codec name, aspect ratio, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate, and audio channel.

Tips: In the "Audio">"Channels" drop-down menu, you can select 7.1 audio channels to keep the original audio tracks.

4. When everything is done, you can take a preview by hitting “Play” button. If you are satisfied with the final result, you can click “Convert” button to finish the conversion work.

When the conversion is done, you can click “Open” to get your generated files. Now, you can import and edit Sony A7S II XAVC S 4K files in Windows Movie Maker smoothly.

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