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4k to Avid - Is Sony FDR-AX33 4K XAVC S files supported by Avid Media Composer 4/5/6/7?

August 19, 2015

Here we will talk about the tricks for using Sony FDR-AX33 XAVC S in Avid Media Composer beautifully. If you have some Sony AX33 XAVC S to Avid Media Composer 7/6/5/4 for editing, read on to get some clues.

The Sony Handycam FDR-AX33 is a 4K-capable camcorder featuring 12x optical zoom and internal image stabilization for clear, steady videos. It has the ability to record 4K videos in 24p/30p, or record 1080p videos up to 60 fps, it used Exmor R CMOS Sensor and Bionz X Image Processor, which can help you to get high quality photos and vivid videos. With Sony AX33 you can record HD videos in AVCHD format or 4K videos in XAVC S MP4 format.

However, you cannot get rid of the trouble when importing your XAVC S MP4 recordings to Avid Media Composer which shot from Sony FDR-AX33 camcorder. Why?

The XAVC-S codec uses the .MP4 file wrapper defined by MPEG-4 Part 14 for its 4K, HD and proxy files. Although Sony have created a special AMA plug-in for AVID (PDZK-MA2), providing support for XAVC files in Avid Media Composer, it can't work sometimes.



On the other hand, as we know, only the latest version Avid Media Composer 7 via the Sony PDZK-MA2 plugin can support XAVC S natively. In case, you haven't installed the plug-in correctly or just own an Avid Media Composer 4/5/6, you can't get the work done. To fix the issue, a quick workaround is to convert XAVC S to Avid MC 4/5/6/7 more "edit" friendly codec DNxHD.

Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac is highly recommended here. The program is an easy-to-use yet professional XAVC S Converter for Mac. It's able to convert XAVC S files from Sony FDR-AX33 to Avid Media Composer more compatible DNxHD .mov video. With it, you may also encode XAVC S/XAVC to Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, FCE, iMovie and more NLE programs highly compatible formats for editing. If meet the XAVC codec issues on Windows PC, please get Brorsoft Video Converter to solve the problem.

Download Sony AX33 media converter:

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Converting Sony AX33 XAVC S to Avid Media Composer

Step 1. After downloading, install and run this XAVC S Converter for Avid, just copy the XAVC S files to your hard drive. Then click Add to import the files to the software for converting.



Step 2. Click Format on the main interface and choose Avid Media Composer > Avid DNxHD(*.mov) as output format. It ensures the best quality while working with the output files in Avid.



Step 3: Click the "Settings" button and set proper video/ audio parameters. You can reset set the video size, bitrate and frame rate, audio sample rate, audio channel. If you would like to use default settings, simply skip this step.

Step 4: When you finish all settings, click the "Convert" button to start the XAVC S to DNxHD .mov conversion.

After the conversion, you can click "Open" button to get the generated DNxHD .mov files effortlessly. Now, it's much easy for you to add Sony AX33 XAVC S files to Avid Media Composer 5/5.5/6/6.5/7 for further editing.

Additional Tips:

This versatile XAVC S to DNxHD Converter has more abilities than converting XAVC S to Avid MC. It also allows you to transcode XAVC S or XAVC to ProRes for Final Cut Pro, Apple InterMediate Codec for iMovie, MPEG-2 for Adobe Premiere Pro and more NLEs to meet your needs.

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