Aug 29

Convert Sony PXW-X70/X180/Z100 XAVC to Avid with DNxHD Codec

“I am using Avid Media Composer 5.03 and have a Sony PXW-Z100 video camera that can create XAVC (*.mxf) files. I have tried importing the XAVC files directly to Avid MC but get a message: This type of xavc (*.mxf) file is not supported. I tried converting the XAVC files to Xvid AVI(avi), MPEG-2 (mpg), AVI HD Video, WMV HD (wmv), H.264 HD Video (mp4) with no success in the import. Is there an import file update or patch available that will allow me to bring these XAVC recordings into Avid Media Composer?”

To solve the above mentioned question, there are two things you need to know:

1. There is no XAVC-AMA plugin for that Avid MC 5.

2. Avid doesn’t work with 1080p50. 50fps at 1080 is a non-standard format, and Avid only works with standard film and broadcast formats. FCP doesn’t do 1080p50 either. Very few nonlinear editing programs do this indeed.

You are suggested using UFUSoft XAVC Converter for Mac to transcode XAVC videos captured by Sony PXW-X70/PXW-X180/PXW-Z100 to DNxHD for Avid Media Composer, because the DNxHD is the language Avid understands and handles best.

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Convert Sony PXW-X70/PXW-X180/PXW-Z100 XAVC footage to DNxHD for Avid Media Composer

1. Run UFUSoft XAVC Converter for Mac as the best Mac XAVC to Avid Media Composer Converter. Click “Add video” or “Add from folder” button to load source XAVC files shot by your Sony PXW-X70/PXW-X180/PXW-Z100.

2. Click Format menu to select “Avid DNxHD (*.mov)” as output format from the “Avid Media Composer” profile option.


3. Click the big button “Convert” to start Sony PXW-X70/PXW-X180/PXW-Z100 XAVC to DNxHD MOV for Avid Media Composer Conversion.

4. Once finished, click “Open” button to get the generated DNxHD MOV files for using in Avid MC.

Import exported DNxHD MOV files to Avid Media Composer for further editing

1. Open up Avid MC and create a project. When you create a project, it is crucial that you set-up the project correctly or you could have serious problems later and lose a great deal of your work.

2. Once you’ve created your project, you will only need to open it to begin editing. In your project and open, select the bin you wish the video clip to appear in. From the File menu, click Import…

Avid Media Composer will transcode the files into your project format, and the transcoding can take some time.

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