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Sony FDR-AX1 workflow-Encode Sony FDR-AX1 XAVC S to DNxHD for Avid MC editing

Summary: Have Sony FDR-AX1 XAVC S to Avid Media Composer import issue? This post will help you to make Avid Media Composer 5/6/7 work with Sony AX1 4K recordings perfectly. Learn how to.



Sony FDR-AX1 is an affordable alternative for pros and creative amateur film makers who want a camcorder-style all-in-one solution. I’m working on a feature film using the Sony FDR-AX1 and we are shooting XAVC S videos with it. Is there an easy way that allows easy import XAVC S files into Avid Media Composer directly, without having to use complex plug-ins. I’m seeking the Sony FDR-AX1 XAVC S to Avid Media Composer best workflow.

XAVC-S has been designed as a partner compression codec to XAVC with a more tightly compressed video signal. The XAVC-S codec uses the .MP4 file wrapper defined by MPEG-4 Part 14 for its 4K, HD and proxy files. However, the new one, and is not widely supported. If we want to import and edit the Sony FDR-AX1 XAVC S in Avid Media Composer, the result may let you down- Avid MC (including Avid Media Composer 7) won't open XAVC S footage correctly.

Since the XAVC S is a peripheral non-standard format, which is not supported by Avid MC, in order to import Sony FDR-AX1 XAVC S footage into Avid Media Composer for smoothly editing, we can render to the third-party software to help convert XAVC S to DNxHD– native format for Avid MC. It seems to be the best way to edit Sony FDR-AX1 video in Avid Media Composer smoothly.

To achieve our goal, the quickest and easiest way is to use the easy-to-use yet professional software Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac, with which we can effortlessly and flawlessly transcode Sony XAVC S footage to DNxHD for Avid MC, ProRes MOV for Final Cut Pro, Apple InterMediate Codec for iMovie. It is safe to install and easy to use. It also has an equivalent Windows version Video Converter. Below I will show you how to convert Sony FDR-AX1 XAVC S clips to DNxHD mov for Avid in details.

1. Download, install and run the XAVC S Converter for Mac; click “Add Videos” icon to load your source XAVC S videos from Sony FDR-AX1.



2. You just need to go to "Avid Media Composer -> DNxHD (*.mov)" as the best video format for editing XAVC S in Avid with good video quality.



3. Click the “Convert” icon under the preview window, and the Mac video converter will start converting Sony FDR-AX1 XAVC S to Avid Media Composer on Mac.

When the conversion is finished, you can click “Open” button to get the generated DNxHD files effortlessly. Afterwards, you can launch your editing program to import converted Sony FDR-AX1 XAVC S clips into Avid Media Composer 5/6/7 for further editing.

Additional Tips:
This Sony XAVC S Converter Mac can also help you to encode XAVC/XAVC S video to FCP, iMovie, FCE, Adobe Premiere Pro, etc. You just need to choose a proper video format like “Final Cut Pro> Apple PreRes 422(*.mov)” for FCP in the second step. For Adobe Premiere Pro, choose “Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas> MPEG-2(*.mpg)” as output; For iMovie, choose iMovie and Final Cut Express -> Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov) as output.

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