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Import Sony a7S II 4K XAVC S to FCP/iMovie/Avid/Premiere Pro

Sony a7S II Mirrorless Digital Camera from Sony offers an impressive blend of sensitivity, dynamic range, resolution, and speed to benefit a versatile multimedia workflow. Revolving around a full-frame 12.2MP Exmor CMOS sensor, the a7S II is capable of internal UHD 4K recording at 30 fps with full pixel readout as well as 1080p recording at up to 120 fps, all in the XAVC S format.

For guys who are going to have some professional editing work of Sony a7S II 4K XAVC S with NLEs such as Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer, iMovie, Adobe Premiere, etc, you’re in the right place. Here is the best Sony a7S II to FCP/iMovie/Avid/Premiere workflow which can help you a lot in editing Sony a7S II 4K XAVC S footage.

Issues: Editing Sony a7S II 4K XAVC S in FCP, Avid Media Composer, iMovie, Premiere Pro

When you directly import your Sony a7S II 4K XAVC S into those NLE, you will probably find that the error message pops up sometimes, or the rendering process lasts forever, or the editing work is not smooth at all.

The video shot under the XAVC-S mode with MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 compression codec, which cannot be natively supported by those NLEs, they need to render the XAVC-S mode into other compatible mode if it can be recognized. It’s a long time process and sometimes it’s interrupted or crashed during the process.

And then, the video shoot under the XAVC-S mode of Sony a7S II with 4K resolutions also requires 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 4K XAVC S to a more edit-friendly format

Although, there are some plugs such as AMA, which provides support for XAVC and XDCAM/XDCAM HD files in Avid Media Composer, editing experience of 4K XAVC S in NLEs is still not good as users expect. Therefore, we’d like to suggest the best workflow: transcode Sony a7S II 4K XAVC S to the 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 UFUSoft Video Converter (For Mac) is highly recommended as the best XAVC S converter. With it, 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.

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Guide: Transcode Sony a7S II 4K XAVC S for FCP/iMovie/Avid/Premiere

1. When you download and install the best 4K XAVC S converter 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.

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

a. 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.
b. Select “iMovie and Final Cut Express” > “Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC)” as the desired format for editing in iMovie.
c. Select “Avid Media Composer” > “Avid DNxHD(*mov)” as the desired format for editing in Avid Media Composer.
d. Select “Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas” > “MPEG-2 (*.mpg)” as the desired format for editing in Premiere.

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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 4K XAVC S files to Premiere/FCP/iMovie/Avid with the native codec and edit flawlessly..