Summary: Here's a quick and effective way to import Sony PMW-EX1R (MP4) footage into Avid Media Composer for further editing by transcoding to DNxHD codec.
I’ve been researching possible workflows for Sony PWM-EX1R and Avid Media Composer, as I will work with the Sony PWM-EX1R footage. As you know, Sony EX1R is the direct successor to Sony's first entry into memory recording- the PMW-EX1. With Sony PWM-EX1R, you can record stunning HD MP4 video. However, I found many users complained the problems when trying to edit Sony PWM-EX1R footage in Avid.
In fact, Sony XDCAM EX camcorders like PWM-EX1, EX1R, EX3 usually record MPEG-2 codec MP4 format video, this codec is not good for editing in Avid MC. Although Avid editing systems provide fast access, import, and playback of native XDCAM material, you will still have problem for transferring XDCAM EX MP4 videos to Media Composer even with the XDCAM Plug-in for Avid. To avoid these problems or limit, it will be better to transcode Sony EX1R footage to a more editing-friendly format, such as Avid Media Composer’s DNxHD.
First all of, you can get Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac, which is an easy-to-use yet professional Avid DNxHD Converter Mac. With it, you can effortlessly transcode Sony EX1R MP4 to DNxHD encoded MOV files, which will create an Avid MC friendly file format keeping the original quality. Besides Avid, this software can also export MPEG-2 for Premiere Pro, ProRes for FCP, AIC .mov for iMovie/FCE and more NLE systems for native editing. If you meet the Sony EX1R to Avid Media Composer importing issues on Windows, please get Sony XDCAM Video Converter to solve your problems. Download it and follow the guide to convert Sony EX1R files to DNxHD.
Converting Sony PMW-EX1R MP4 to DNxHD for Avid media Composer
Step 1: Install and launch the Sony PMW-EX1R video converter on Mac and click the "Add" button to load EX1R separate .mp4 files for converting.
Step 2: Click Format preset and choose Avid Media Composer -> Avid DNxHD (*.mov)” as the best video format for editing Sony PMW-EX1R video in Avid as well as good video quality.
Tip: You can also click Settings to fix the frame rate, bitrate, audio and video quality to your needs.
Step 3: Hit “Convert” button to start Sony EX1R XDCAM EX MP4 to DNxHD .mov conversion. You can follow the conversion process from the pop-up windows.
After the conversion, you can import the converted Sony EX1R files to Avid Media Composer (5.5/6.0/6.5/7) for smooth playback and editing. No more worries about the Sony PMW-EX1R incompatibility with Avid Media Composer.
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