XDCAM Transfer-Transcode Sony XDCAM into Avid MC(Avid Composer)

Summary: Read on this article you will know how to fast solve Sony XDCAM, XDCAM HD, XDCAM EX footage editing issues with Avid Media Composer 4/5/6/7 on Mac OS X. Check the solution now.

As it claimed, Avid editing systems provide fast access, import, and playback of native XDCAM material regardless of how it’s delivered to your edit suites. While, there’re lots of headaches with workflow of Sony XDCAM media into Avid Media Composer even with the plug-in Avid providing.

Enhancing usability and Full HD vide quality, PDW-F800, Sony PMW-F3, PMW-EX, EX1R, PMW-100, PMW-500 and more Sony XDCAM based camcorders are favored by many videographers. However, lots of users are troubled by the Sony XDCAM to Avid Workflow. Here I will share it as below:

1 - Import XDCAM HD Professional Disc media into Media Composer over iLink or USB 2.0 via standard Media Composer Import dialog.
2 - Edit
3 - Export to XDCAM Professional Disc over iLink or USB 2.0 via standard Media Composer Export dialog. Alternatively, output to videotape.

1 - Import XDCAM EX media into Media Composer over USB 2.0 (or internal PC reader) via Sony XDCAM EX Clip Browser application (or use Sony XDCAM EX Clip Browser to first copy the SxS–based media to local storage, prior to importing).
2 - Edit
3 - Export over iLink or USB 2.0 to XDCAM Professional Disc, or Hard Drive via standard Media Composer export dialog. Alternatively, output to videotape.
You can follow the workflow step by step to get the work done. Well, if you are still no lucky enough to bring your Sony XDCAM clips into Avid Media Composer smoothly, an alternative way is to transcode Sony XDCAM to DNxHD for direct importing and editing(DNxHD is the most likely codec for Avid Media Composer), and it ensures you a flawless workflow.

To fulfill the task, Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac is highly recommended here. The program is an easy-to-use yet professional Sony XDCAM Converter for Avid MC. It's able to convert XDCAM HD, XDCAM EX files to Avid more compatible format DNxHD video. If meet the XDCAM to Avid Media Composer issues on Windows PC, please get XDCAM Video Converter to solve the problem. Download it and follow the guide to convert Sony XDCAM files to DNxHD.

Step 1. Run the program you just set up. Drag and drop the XDCAM files to the Converter. You can also hit Add files button to import videos to the app.

Step 2. Click Format on the main interface and choose Avid Media Composer > Avid DNxHD(*.mov) as output format.

Tip: Tap the Settings icon, and you can adjust codec, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channel in the Profile Setting to get the output in best quality.

Step 3. Start to convert Sony XDCAM HD/EX footages to Avid Media Composer DNxHD .mov format via hitting the Convert button.

When the conversion is 100% completed, you can get the resulted video via hitting on Open button. Moment later, you can import and edit Sony XDCAM media in Avid Media Composer with ease. Don’t worry about any quality loss.

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