How to Work with XAVC Files in Premiere Pro (CC/CS6)

XAVC uses level 5.2 of H.264/MPEG-4 AVC which is the highest level supported by that video standard. We can record 4K resolution with XAVC codec. The recordings are MP4 (Proxy) and MXF (4K, HD) format. According to my tests and user feedbacks, Premiere Pro CS6 will not natively support XAVC, but Adobe Premiere Pro CC, the latest version of Adobe Premiere Pro, has added support for this new camera format. To import XAVC to Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 and its previous versions, you can download Rovi Totalcode, a Plug-in for Adobe Premiere Pro CS5/CS5.5/CS6 which has perfect support for Sony’s 4K XAVC format. However, this third-party plug-in will cost you a lot of money. In addition, it only works on Windows but not Mac.

Fortunately, there is another simple and effective way to fix the issue. To fix the XAVC files and Premiere Pro incomaptiblity, what you need is just a common video converter like Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac, which is recommended as the best XAVC to Premiere Pro converter. By running it, there’s no need to set the codec yourself: the program has optimized presets for Adobe Premiere (Premiere CC included). You can convert both 4K and 2K XAVC to Adobe Premiere Pro supported file format without quality loss. For Windows user, please get Video Converter for Windows. Below is the process.

Guide on transcoding XAVC to MPEG-2 for Premiere Pro.

Step 1: After downloading, install and run this XAVC video Converter for Premiere Pro, just copy recorded Sony XAVC footage from your camcorder to your hard drive. Import the files to the software for converting.

Step 2: Click “Format” bar to choose the output format. Click and choose “Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas” > “MEPG-2(*.mpg)”. The setting seamlessly fits Premiere Pro CC, CS6, CS5 and CS4.

Step 3: Finally, hit the big Convert button on bottom of the main windows and the conversion from XAVC to Adobe Premiere Pro will begin immediately.

Tips & Tricks:

1. Adjust audio and video settings (optional)

The Mac XAVC to Premiere Pro Converter enables users to adjust audio and video settings before transcoding MOV files to MPEG-2. Click “Settings” button, then you will enter the following interface, on which you are allowed to customize size, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate, and audio channel to your required ones.

2. Basic video editing (optional)

This Mac video converter has some simple edit functions like cropping, splitting, adding effects etc. so you can touch up the video with basic video editing functions.

After the conversion is complete, get the resulted files via clicking the Open button and then you can import converted XAVC files to Adobe Premiere Pro CC, CS6, CS5, CS4 for further editing without any hassle.

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