Showing posts with label XDCAM. Show all posts
Showing posts with label XDCAM. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Effortlessly import Sony PMW-500 XDCAM MXF to Adobe Premiere Pro CS5

Summary: If you want to edit Sony PMW-500 MXF footages to Adobe Premiere Pro 5 on Mac, and have PMW-500 XDCAM MXF to Premiere importing issue, you can follow this article to convert Sony XDCAM MXF to Premiere best prores codec and edit without rendering.

As Sony's first XDCAM HD422 camcorder, PMW-500 comes with solid state recording and features three 2/3”-type 2.2-megapixel full-HD progressive CCDs. In addition, it records high-definition video with 1920×1080 and 1280×720 resolutions up to 50Mbps using MPEG-2 4:2:2P HL compression technology.

While, for some Adobe users, they may be frustrated by importing PMW-500 XDCAM HD422 MXF files to Adobe Premiere Pro CS5, some error messages during the editing process as the XDCAM MXF still cannot fully supported by some video editors like Adobe Premiere Pro.

So if you are using Adobe Premiere Pro for editing just like that, the best workaround for us is to convert Sony PMW-500 MXF to Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 MOV, which is the most compatible format for Premiere Pro CS5, and it will make the editing work much smooth and easier.

To do this job, Pavtube iMedia Converter for Mac is a good choice. It is capable of converting Sony XDCAM, Canon XF, Panasonic P2 MXF files as well as Blu-ray and DVD discs to Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 for editing smoothly. The process is easy and quick, and you can join of multiple mxf videos into one file. What's more, the editing feature to trim the recorded videos is great, as you can control the content for conversion.

Supported cameras include:

Sony PMW-500, PMW-320,PMW-150...
Canon XF100,XF105, XF300, C300,C500 ...
All Panasonic cameras with P2 cards...

Now please follow the steps below to know detail conversion steps.

Guide to import Sony PMW-500 XDCAM MXF to Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 with ease

1.Download Sony XDCAM MXF Converter for Mac. It's an excellent software which can convert Sony PMW-500 XDCAM MXF to MOV for Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 on Mac, more output formats are also supported, such as MOV, AVI, etc.

2.Install and launch the top Sony XDCAM MXF to Premiere Converter Mac, import the Sony PMW-500 MXF video you want to convert.

3. Click format column and choose Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas > MOV (AVC)(*.mov) or MPEG-2 Video (*.mpg)” as the best video format for editing in Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 on Mac .

4. You can customize output parameters as you want. Adjust the resolution, bitrate, etc according to your need; you can also keep the parameters as original.

5. After these steps above, click convert button to start transcoding Sony PMW-500 MXF to MOV for Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 on Mac.

As soon as the conversion process finished, you can click “Open” button to get the generated file that is ready for editing with Premiere Pro.

  • Start up Premiere Pro, choose File > Import…, and navigate to the source folder to import files. 

This Sony XDCAM to Premiere Pro converter will help you convert videos with best quality, and then you can edit Sony PMW-500 MXF in Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 on Mac as you want with no codec problems.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Easy way for Editing Sony PMW-EX3 XDCAM MP4 clips with Mac

In this post, you can learn the easy way to import .mp4 recorded from Sony PMW-EX3 to Mac in FCP, Avid, iMovie, Premiere Pro, FCE etc.

Sony PMW-EX3 follows on from the successful launch of the new PMW-EX1 and offers all the great features of the PMW-EX1 in a new semi-shoulder design. In addition to this new design the camcorder also features an interchangeable lens system, genlock, timecode and remote control capability for real added flexibility, offering a low-cost HD studio solution. It combines a state-of-the-art, non-linear XDCAM workflow with simply the best HD quality yet seen in a semi-shoulder camcorder.

PMW-EX3 camcorder records 1920 x 1080 HD images using the "MPEG-2 Long GOP" codec, which conforms to the MPEG-2 MP@HL compression standard, and the recordings are made as data files in the "MP4" format. "MPEG-2 Long GOP" is a mature codec which enables users to record stunning-quality HD video and audio with highly efficient, reliable data compression, but it is not an editing codec, so it is a big problem when loading or importing Sony PMW-EX3 mp4 clips into your Mac system.

Question: I recently purchased the Sony PMW EX3 and am loving it. My problem is this. I want to edit my footage. I have Final Cut Studio 1 which is apparently incompatible with the EX3 mp4 clips. I'm looking to make the jump to Avid Media Composer, iMovie and Adobe Premiere, but it doesn't works. Can anybody enlighten me?

The easy Solution: To make it easier for editing Sony PMW-EX3 MP4 videos on Mac, you can need to convert Sony EX3 mp4 clips to FCP, Avid, iMovie, Premiere Pro, FCE preferable format before importing to avoid crashing problem and waiting time. Mac Sony XDCAM EX Video converter is the best choice to do this. It can not only convert Sony PMW EX3 .mp4 videos to Mac compatible codec, but also make iteasy for merge videos.Below is a guide for you.

1. Download and install Pavtube iMedia Converter for Mac. This converter can help you transcode Sony PMW-EX3 mp4 video to FCP, Avid, iMovie, Premiere Pro, FCE.

2. Launch this Sony MP4 to Mac Converter, and import the EX3 recorded mp4 footages.

3. Click format bar to choose the format for output.

For editing EX-3 MP4 video on Mac, you can choose Apple ProRes 422 for FCP, DNxHD for Avid, AIC codec for iMovie, FCE, ProRes/MOVfor Premiere, etc.

4. You can click settings button in the main interface to adjust the output parameters, such as resolution, frame rate, etc, customize the parameters as you want.

5. Click convert button to start.

After Sony MP4 to Mac conversion, Optimize your workflow and save time with the Apple ProRes compression for Final Cut Pro. You can also import the output videos to Final Cut Express (FCE) 4, iMovie 11, Avid Media Composer or Premiere Pro for editing in full HD.

This Sony XDCAM EX Converter for Mac can not only convert Sony PMW-EX3 MP4 clips for FCP,  iMovie, Avid, Premiere Pro, FCE, but also rip your Blu-ray and DVD contents for editing with good quality.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Working Natively with Sony PDW-700 XDCAM HD MXF in Final Cut Pro X

This article shows you the best solution for convertting XDCAM HD MXF files from Sony PDW-700 to a file format that is editable/supported by FCP X.
PDW-700 camcorder is a popular member of Sony's XDCAM family, equipped with three 2/3-inch type CCDs – a newly developed "Power HAD FX" progressive CCD with 1920 x 1080 effective pixels. It also offers very high quality HD recording at a data rate of up to 50Mbps using the MPEG-2 4:2:2P@HL compression, and provides multi-format recording flexibility including 1080i, 720P and SD, with HD/SD conversion and cross conversion between 1080i and 720P.

The XDCAM series takes recording to the next level, utilizing non-linear single and dual-layer optical Blue Laser technology. Less time logging, capturing and digitizing footage allows videographers to move seamlessly between acquisition and post-production. However, Sony PDW700 XDCAM camcorders' video format is MXF, using this MXF footage on Mac is a big problem. If you try to import PDW-700 HD MXF footages to Final Cut Pro X for further editing, you may meet some incompatible issues.

Sony has recently released version 2.9 of the XDCAM Transfer Software, which adds additional features including the ability to write back MXF files to the Clips folder with the PDW-U1. You can learn how to import XDCAM Disc footage directly into the Final Cut Pro editing system with XDCAM Transfer here.

Anyway, this MXF file with MPEG HD422 codec is a not standard editing format for FCP X. In case that you have more unexpected problem, you are suggested to convert Sony PDW700 MXF video to FCP X compatible format like ProRes 422 codec. As ProRes codec is a common format developed by Apple, ProRes 422 is intended for non-linear editing with Apple Final Cut Pro. They retain higher quality when you convert Sony PDW700 MXF to FCP X using Apple Prores codec. Below is an easy way for you to import Sony PDW700 XDCAM HD MXF to Final Cut Pro X on Mac.

1.Download Pavtube MXF Converter for Mac. This is excellent software which can help you convert Sony PDW700 XDCAM MXF video to ProRes for FCP X. Besides, it supports many other formats for output.

2.Install and launch this Sony XDCAM MXF to FCP Converter, import the MXF video you want to convert.

3.Choose the best output format for Final Cut Pro . Click on "Format" and choose "Final Cut Pro >>Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)". It is the best codec and format for editing XDCAM MXF in FCP X.

4.You can click settings to adjust the output parameters, such as resolution, bitrate and frame rate.

5.You can click edit button to edit MXF video, such as deinterlace, denoise, mute, volume up and crop.

6.Click convert button to start transcoding MXF to Apple ProRes for Final Cut Pro X and import the converted video file into FCP X. 

Now you can load and edit Sony PDW700 XDCAM HD MXF footage in FCP X instantly without rendering.

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Convert and Transfer Sony XDCAM footage to QuickTime MOV on Mac

This article will show you how to convert XDCAM EX HD files to QuickTime MOV on Mac.  


The Sony XDCAM EX is a high-quality video camcorder, capable of shooting in either standard definition or high definition. XDCAM EX video and audio content is stored on Sony SxS solid-state Express Card 3/4 media within MP4 container files. You can record video either 1920 x 1080 or 1280 x 720 modes.

XDCAM EX HD MP4 video is recorded from Sony XDCAM EX. But after test, we find that this MP4 format by Sony can't even be played on Mac OS 10.8. Many fresh users don't know what to do. But don't worry. Just follow me to learn how to play and view .mp4 files from Sony XDCAM EX.
  1. With running XDCAM Browser you can preview the MP4 files or export as a mxf file, but can't transfer to a .mov file and this rewapped .mxf file may not be viewing.
  2. Of course You can play this video file on the camcorder and through the Sony software, but if you use QuickTime as your media player, you will have to convert Sony XDCAM HD file to a compatible format with QuickTime MOV for playback. So how to convert a XDCam EX MP4 file into a mac-compatible .mov file for enjoying which retain the same size and quality? 
  • Calibrated{Q} MP4-EX Import component ($149.95) supports tranferring MP4 to QuickTime MOV. (Not supported FCP X)
  • Calibrated{Q} XD Decode codec ($89.95) to encode MP4 files for playback. (Not for use when any version of Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Studio or Final Cut Server is installed, and at least a Intel Core 2 Duo with two physical cores is highly recommended)
  • As the solution above takes too much money, and you may may have reliability and incompatiblity issues. Here comes the third solution, using Pavtube HD Video Converter for mac can helps you to tranfer Sony XDCAM MP4 to QuickTime mov easily and fastly. (Easy and Helpful)
As you see, the last solution is the esaiest and effective way. Below are step to step guide for Converting and Transferring an XDCAM EX to QuickTime on Mac.

Step 1. Download Sony XDCAM MP4 to MOV Converter for mac, and install it. Click the "Add Video"  button to import Sony XDCAM EX seperate MP4 files or press on"Add from Folder" button to add MP4 folder.

Step 2. Select output format.

Click on the dropdown menu of "Format" and select "Common Video -> MOV – QuickTime (*.mov)" as target format. This format is specially designed for QuickTime playback. You can also choose format as you need in the format column, such as AVI, MKV, MP4, etc.

Step 3.Adjust video and audio parameters.

Click "Settings" button to customize the output video and audio settings by yourself. You can also use the default parameters, they will ensure you a good balance between file size and image quality basically. You can change the resolution, bitrate, frame rate as you need.


Step 4. Click "Convert" button and this Sony XDCAM EX MP4 Converter for Mac will start transcoding Sony XDCAM MP4 to QuickTime MOV.

After you converting Sony XDCAM  HD Video to MOV for QuickTime, you can play the converted footages smoothly on Mac.

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