Best Workflow: Import Sony A7S II XAVC S to FCP/iMovie/Avid/Premiere


Advantages: Son y A7S II XAVC S and NLEs

Sony A7S II, the best low-light mirrorless camera, which supports 4K recording at up to 100Mbps bit rate with minimal compression noise. The files are saved in widely compatible XAVC S format with MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 compression codec.

For people who are going to have some professional editing work of Sony A7S II XAVC S with NLEs (non-linear editors) such as Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer, iMovie, Adobe Premiere, etc. Here is the best Sony A7S II vs NLEs Review which I hope can help you a lot in editing Sony A7S II XAVC S 4K Video files.

One of the biggest advantages of non-leaner editing compared to linear editing is that if you import your source videos into those editors, there will be no lose or modified during editing.

Issues: Editing Sony A7S II XAVC S in NLEs

But did you find that if you want to directly import your Sony A7S II XAVC S video into those NLE, sometimes, error messages will pop up, or the rendering process last forever, or the editing work not smooth at all.

The video shoot under the XAVC-S mode with MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 compression codec, which cannot be natively supported by those NLEs, the NLEs need to render the XAVC-S mode into other compatible mode if XAVC-S(MXF) can be recognized. It a long time process and sometime it interrupt or crash during the process.

And then, the video shoot under the XAVC-S mode of Sony A7S with 4K resolutions also require a powerful CPU and Graphics. Generally speaking, even the NLEs such as the FCP X, Avid, iMovie has ability to handle the 4K video, editing in an old or low configuration PC/Mac can be a pain.

Solution: Transcode Sony A7S II XAVC S for NLEs

Although, Sony has created special free plug-in for some NLEs, such as AMA plug-in for Avid which provides support for XAVC and XDCAM/XDCAM HD files in Avid Media Composer, editing experience of XVAC-S files recorded by Sony A7S II in NLEs still not good, though. Therefore, I would like suggest the best workflow: transcode Sony A7S II XAVC S to the best nativie format or codec for each NLE. For example, ProRes MOV to FCP, DNxHD MOV to Avid MC, AIC MOV to iMovie/FCE, MPG to Premiere, etc.

Here you need a Sony XAVC-S converter only – just as its name implies – transcode Sony A7S II XAVC-S to the native supported codec for the NLE. Brorsoft Video Converter (Windows/Mac) is recommended for you(yeah, there are so many video converter in the market, you can choose another one, Brorsoft really good, anyhow), which can hold the XAVC-S files from Sony A7S II camera so well. You can directly choose the preset format for the NLEs Such as the FCP, iMovie, Adobe Premiere, Avid, etc or some players like QuickTime. Several optional buttons you can take around to adjust your output videos, for example, “Settings”, “Edit” or “Options” provide more exciting videos for you.


The trail-before-purchase quick download icon provide here, you can also click “learn more” turn to Brorsoft page for downloading. 

video converer - trial download video converter for mac - trial download

Keep in mind that you have download the right version, Windows platform .exe files can NOT be installed on Mac OS – and vice versa.

Guide: Transcode Sony A7S II XAVC-S for FCP/iMovie/Avid/Premiere

Note: The steps to convert Sony A7S II XAVC-S to FCP/iMovie/Avid/Premiere on Mac and Windows almost the same except the tiny difference in the interface.

brorsoft video converter screenshot

1. When you download and install the program, with two buttons on the main interface we can easily load our source files in. “Add video” and “Add from folder” can both help you in that way. You can load several files at once thanks to “Add from folder” button.


2. Click “Format” bar, from its drop-down list:

  • select “Final Cut Pro” > “Apple ProRes 422 (HQ)” or “Apple ProRes 422 (LT)” or “Apple ProRes 4444” as the desired format for editing in Final Cut Pro.
  • select “iMovie and Final Cut Ex…” > “Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC)” as the desired format for editing in iMovie.
  • select “Avid Media Composer” > “Avid DNxHD(*mov)” as the desired format for editing in Avid Media Composer.
  • select “Adobe Premiere/Sony V…” > “MPEG-2 (*.mpg)” as the desired format for editing in Premiere.

Tip: You can click the Settings to pen profile window to adjust output video and audio parameter settings according to your own preference.

3. After all the setting is over, go back to the main interface and hit right-bottom “Convert” button to start Sony A7S II 4K XAVC S to the native supported codec you have selected conversion process.

When the conversion is done, you can click “Open” button to get the generated video files. Now, you can import the converted Sony A7S II files to FCP/iMovie/Avid/Premiere with the native codec and edit smoothly.

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