Sony PXW-X70, an ultra-compact XDCAM, records broadcast quality 1920 x 1080 HD video using a variety of codecs, at 4:2:2 10-bit in XAVC Long-GOP codec as well as AVCHD and DV format. Whereas, there are a few issues when importing XAVC files from Sony PXW-X70 to Adobe Premiere Pro CC.
Q: I have some Sony PXW-X70 XAVC footage which is crashing Premiere CC. I have installed the latest update. Any help most appreciated.
I've seen this asked in various places however nobody from Adobe has addressed the issue so the result is a bunch of speculation from other users. So, is there any way to get Premiere Pro CC to import and edit XAVC S from Sony PXW-X70 beautifully? In fact, the XAVC Long GOP included in PXW-X70 is not an ideal editing format for NLEs, Adobe Premiere CC included. To edit Sony PXW-X70 XAVC footage in Premiere Pro CC smoothly, a workaround is to transcode XAVC to Premiere Pro CC most compatible format. Along with some help from third-party software, it can be done effortlessly. Here I share a simple guide on how to convert Sony PXW-X70 XAVC files for Adobe Premiere Pro CC editing smoothly. If you’re facing the issues, read on to find the answer.
First of all, download the app - Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac
This XAVC converter is able to transcode Sony PXW-X70 XAVC files to .mpg - ensuring maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with Premiere Pro CC. Plus, it supports encoding XAVC/XAVC S to more video editing software compatible file types, i.e. DNxHD for Avid Media Composer, AIC MOV for iMovie 08/09/11, ProRes MOV for Final Cut Pro X/7/6 and more. For Windows users, simply get the equivalent Brorsoft Video Converter is the alternative choice.
How to convert Sony PXW-X70 XAVC to Premiere Pro CC
Step 1. Add XAVC videos
Download, install and run the XAVC to MPEG-2 Converter for Mac; click "Add Videos" icon to load your source XAVC videos from Sony PXW-X70.
P.S. As you know, the new Sony PXW-X70 is an ultra-compact XDCAM that will be able to shoot 4K footage with an upgrade. This video converter app also can be used to convert 4K to Adobe Premiere Pro efficiently.
Step 2. Choose output format
Click “Format” pull down list to select Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas> MPEG-2(*.mpg) as the best video format for Premiere Pro. WMV, MOV formats are the good choice as well. You can click Settings to adjust video and audio parameters to get the best quality video.
Tips - Profile Settings:
In case the default settings do not fit your requirement, you can click "Settings" button and enter "Profile Settings" panel to adjust video size, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channels.
Step 3. Start Sony XAVC conversion
Click the “Convert” icon under the preview window, and the Sony XAVC Converter Mac will start converting Sony PXW-X70 XAVC to Premiere Pro CC on Mac instantly.
Soon after the conversion, just click “Open” button to get the generated files for natively editing in Adobe PP CC as well as Premiere Pro CS4/CS5/CS6 perfectly.
If you want to smoothly edit XAVC/XAVC S video in FCP, iMovie, FCE, Avid, 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 Avid Media Composer, choose "Avid Media Composer > Avid DNxHD(*.mov)" as output; For iMovie, choose iMovie and Final Cut Express -> Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov) as output.
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