The PXW-FS7K XDCAM camera has an ergonomic grip design for easy handling and operability, making it ideal for one-man operation in situations where the extraordinary flexibility of its α Mount lens system and compatible interchangeable lenses can be used to maximum advantage. The PXW-FS7 is compatible with Sony’s new XAVC Intra and XAVC Long GOP formats, each supporting 10-bit 4:2:2 recording (XAVC-I, 180fps; XAVC-L, 120fps). Recording in UHD (3840 x 2160) resolution, slow motion up to 60fps and Full High Definition (1920×1080) with 60/50 progressive frames is possible. However, there are a few issues while playing and editing Sony PXW-FS7 XAVC-I and XAVC-L footage in Avid Media Composer or other NLEs. Now, some tips and tricks for Sony PXW-FS7 XAVC and Avid workflow are listed below. Read on.
Avid has supported Sony’s MPEG2 format for many years now, and was first out of the gate to support XAVC. Like most Avid workflows these days, video is imported via Avid Media Access (AMA). To make this work for both MPEG2 & XAVC, you’ll need to install the XAVC/XDCAM Plug-in for Avid (PDZK-MA2). However, there are still some issues occurred while linking 4K videos into Avid. Many users have to downscale 4k to 1080p first before transferring the PXW-FS7 XAVC files to Avid.
Whereas the most attractive thing of Sony PXW-FS7 is that it can shoot 4K UHD (3840X2160) internally on the very robust Sony XAVC codec. For most videograpthers, keeping 4K resolution is much important. Then how can we open Sony PXW-FS7 4K XAVC files in Avid without problem? Don’t worry, there are always solutions out there. And the best and easiest way is convert the “XAVC” codec to “DNxHD” codec, something ensures the best results when with Media Composer. Along with some help from a third-party program like Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac, you can achieve your goal easily and quickly. Below is how to do it.
Converting Sony PXW-FS7 XAVC to DNxHD for Avid Media Composer
First of all, free download the app here. Brorsoft is an optimal App that helps you encode Sony PXW-FS7 XAVC files to a more editable format DNxHD .mov for Media Composer so that you can edit XAVC footage in Avid MC without any issue. Beside, this video program can also help to convert other various common videos including MTS, MXF, MOV, MKV, AVI, MP4 to Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, iMovie, FCE, etc. Plus, with the built-in video editing feature of the program, you can trim, crop, add watermark and more to your video files. If you want to transcode Videos on Windows, please turn to Brorsoft Video Converter windows version. Now download the software and follow the steps to re-encode XAVC to Avid DNxHD.
Step 1: Run the best XAVC to Avid Media Composer Converter and click Add button to load Sony PXW-FS7 XAVC files for conversion. You can check the “Merge into one” box to join several files together.
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: Go to “Settings” page and set proper video/ audio parameters. You can reset set the video size, bitrate and frame rate, audio sample rate, audio channel. Note: If you want to get original 4K resolution, just keep the video size as original.
Step 4: When you finish all settings, click the “Convert” button to start the Sony PXW-FS7 XAVC to DNxHD .mov conversion. After the conversion, you can click “Open” button to get the generated MOV files effortlessly. Now, it’s much easy for you to add XAVC files to Avid Media Composer 5/5.5/6/6.5/7 for further editing.