Came upon incompatibility issues editing Sony FDR-AX1 4K XAVC S files in Avid Media Composer 2018? Convert them first. Here’s a quick guide walking you through the process of converting XAVC S MP4 files to Media Composer’s favorite DNxHD .mov format.
The Sony FDR-AX1 Digital 4K Video Camera Recorder is the first consumer 4K video camera from Sony. The AX1 records 4K movies at 3840*2160 at various frame and bit rates, comes equipped with dual XLR inputs and full audio controls. With four times the detail of Full HD, 4K brings you a picture that’s full of life. If you’re shooting a moving object, your footage remains smooth, precise, and true to life. If you are Avid editing software user and plan to edit the 4K XAVC S files in Media Composer, this guide will give you the best solution.
“Hi all, I have some 4K footage shot on the Sony FDR-AX1 that I want to edit these footage in iMovie on my MacBook Pro. What will I need to install on the MacBook Pro to ingest the footage directly from the Sony SxS card into Avid Media Composer 2018? Is that possible? If not, can it be wrapped or converted to a format that Media Composer could then accept? If not, what would you suggest as the best way to accomplish this goal? Thanks for your help! – claes johansson”
For Avid Media Composer users, you may find it is a pain to import and edit 4K XAVC S video captured with Sony FDR-AX1 in it. The main reason is that Media Composer does not compatible with XAVC S file formats very well. To fix this issue, the best solution is to transode Sony FDR-AX1 XAVC S to Media Composer (no matter 5, 6, 7, 8 or 2018) native editable formats such as DNxHD formats. Which one can do this job? Besides Media Composer, Acrok Video Converter Ultimate (Windows/Mac) can also export MPEG-2 for Premiere Pro/After Effects, ProRes for Final Cut Pro X, AIC for iMovie/FCE and more NLE systems for native editing. Just get the right version according to your computer’s OS and follow the step-by-step guide below to convert the Sony FDR-AX1 4K videos to DNxHD codec easily.
Free download Sony FDR-AX1 4K Video Converter
Step 1: Add original files.
Download, install and run the best 4K Video Converter, click “Add files” icon to load your source 4K footage from Sony FDR-AX1.
Step 2: Choose preferred format.
Click “Format” pull down list to select Editing Software > Avid DNxHD 1080P (*.mov) as the best video format for Media Composer. Want ot get original resolution? Please click “Settings” button then check “Original” in “Resolution” column.
Step 3: Start conversion.
Click the Convert button to start transcoding Sony FDR-AX1 XAVC S to DNxHD for Media Composer. When the conversion is finished, you can click “Open” button to get the generated MOV files effortlessly. Afterwards, you can launch your editing program to import converted Sony FDR-AX1 clips into Avid Media Composer for further editing.
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