Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Working with Sony XDCAM HD IMX Files on Mac NLEs

If you are looking for the best way to convert XDCAM IMX to NLEs on Mac for editing, this article is worth reading. It explains how to import Sony XDCAM HD IMX files for working with non-linear editing system on Mac platform.

Sony XDCAM camcorder is professional camcorder which has excellent video quality for us to take high quality full HD videos. Sony XDCAM PMW-EX3, PMW-EX1R, PMW-200, PMW-100, and PDW-F800 are hot products in the camcorder market. Besides the HD quality, a heated discussion about how to stream XDCAM media to NLEs is around so many Sony XDCAM owners.

XDCAM is a series of products for digital recording using random access solid-state memory media, in the product lines, XDCAM HD is one of them, differ in types of encoder, frame size, container type and recording media. IMX, created by Sony, which can be stored on tape, optical disc, or hard disk within an MXF container is a high-quality, standard definition, MPEG-2-based video format.

“I’m having trouble importing IMX files shot on a Sony XDCAM HD camcorder to NLEs. So I guess I need to figure out how to convert this IMX files to something that will work well with NLEs. Any help is much appreciated.” To be able to import Sony XDCAM IMX to NLEs on Mac for editing, it is necessary to understand how to convert XDCAM HD IMX to NLEs especially supported format on Mac. So is there any approach to deal with XDCAM HD IMX compatible with Mac problem to make the NLEs editing easier?

If you are in the same situation as mentioned above, we would recommend you use Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac to do format conversion. Working excellently as a Sony IMX Converter for Mac, this program comes with great ability to convert XDCAM IMX to optimal files for use in NLEs like FCP, iMovie, FCE, Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere, Sony Vegas and so on with invisible quality loss. In addition to access IMX conversion on Mac, it is also able to handle video files in a wide variety of file formats, including MXF, AVCHD, MTS, M2TS, M2T, TiVo, MOV, MKV, MOD, TOD, MPG, FLV, WMV, MP4, AVI, VOB, and more.


How to work with Sony XDCAM HD IMX files on Mac NLEs?

Step 1: The only difference between the trail version and the retail version is the watermark “Pavtube” in the middle of the converted files by trail version. After the installation, click “Add video” to load your original XDCAM HD IMX files to the program. You can also load several files at once thanks to “Add from folder” button. You can highlight it for a preview.

Step 2: For editing on Mac, you have plenty choices and it depends on your NLEs. This wonderful software has presets for all those NLEs to assist new users continue their editing workflow smoothly, and don’t have to struggle with the setting parameters thing. Save time and ease the conversion for users. For example: if you want to edit Sony XDCAM HD IMX files in FCP X/7/6, you can hit the format bar and then choose “Final Cut Pro>>Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” as best output format. For higher qualities, you can choose “Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) (*.mov)”; for smaller sizes, you can turn to “Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy) (*.mov)”.

Tips: For editing in iMovie/FCE, you can choose “iMovie and Final Cut Express>>Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)”.
For editing in Avid Media Composer, you can choose “Avid Media Composer>>Avid DNxHD (*.mov)”.
For editing in Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas, you can choose “Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas>>MPEG-2 (*.mpg)”.

Step 3: Click “Settings” button to customize the output video and audio settings by yourself. But if you are not good at it, you’d better use the default parameters, they will ensure you a good balance between file size and image quality basically. You can change the resolution, bit rate, frame rate as you need.

Step 4: Now everything has been settled, and don’t forget to set the file location. Click “Convert” button to start the conversion work and click “Open” when you finish your conversion to check your converted files.

Conclusion: For some users, they say that when preview the clips, there is no audio showed up which can correctly playback on the local media player. Here is one way you can try, click the “Properties” button, and then select the Audio Stream ID to another one, this may help.

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