Import Sony A7 III 4K XAVC S to NLE Software for Postproduction

Import Sony A7 III 4K XAVC S to NLE Software for Postproduction

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Sony has announced the a7 III, a $2000 image-stabilized 24MP full frame mirrorless camera that incorporates many of the features and improvements brought in with the a9 and a7R III. With the camera, you can record up to 100Mbps 4K XAVC S video wrapped in an MP4 container format with H.264 compression codec at a frame rate of 24 or 30. For non-linear eiditng software users, after the shooting stage, you wish come the idea to import and edit 4K XAVC S footage with Avid Media Composer, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere, etc, the following article will show you how to get a high quality and smooth workflow of Sony A7 III 4K XAVC S with non-linear editing software.

Compatibility of 4K XAVC S with Non-linear Editing Software

XVAC S is not supported natively by most non-linear eiditng software like Avid Media Composer, iMovie, Final Cut Pro and more. The good news is that you can easily solve the format incompatible issue by transcoding XAVC S to DNxHD,Apple ProRes 422(*.mov), Apple InterMediate Codec(AIC)(*.mov) and other high-definition video post-production codec.

Transcode A7 III 4K XAVC S for Non-linear Editing Software

If you are looking for a powerful yet simple to use application to get the job completed, we highly recommend Pavtube Video Converter for Mac to you. The program has perfect importing support for the 4K XAVC S video shot with Sony A7 III camera, thanks to its batch conversion mode, you can load multiple video into the application for conversion at one time to save your precious time. This program allows you to directly encode DNxHD codec for Avid Media Composer, Apple ProRes 422(*.mov) for Final Cut Pro, Apple InterMediate Codec(AIC)(*.mov) for iMovie and Final Cut Express, MPEG-2 for Adobe Premiere and Sony Vegas etc with perfect quality and super fast encoding speed.

For Windows users, you can switch to download Pavtube Video Converter to complete the conversion on Windows 10/8.1/8/7.

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Edit Sony A7 III 4K XAVC S with built-in editing options

Before loading Sony A7 III 4K XAVC S footage into non-linear editing software for professional post editing workflow, you can first complete some simple editing tasks with the program’s built-in editing options. Feel free to flip or rotate video orientation/direction, trim or cut video to remove unwanted parts in the beginning or end, crop video to get off black edges or unwanted size area, add video/image/transparent text watermark to video, apply special rendering effect, insert external subtitles, etc.

How to Transcode A7 III 4K XAVC S for Non-linear Editing Software Best Editing Workflow

Step 1: Input Sony A7 III 4K XAVC S footage.

Start the program on your computer, add Sony XAVC S 4K video to the program by clicking the “Add Video” or “Add folder” button.

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Step 2: Choose non-linear editing software compatible format

Click “Format” bar, from its drop-down list, select “Avid Media Composer” > “Avid DNxHD(*mov)” as the desired format for editing in Avid Media Composer, or "MPEG-2(*.mpg)" for Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas. If you have other needs, you can go check the format list by yourselves.


Step 3: Customize output video and audio settings.

Open “Profile Settings” window to adjust output video and audio parameter settings according to your own preference. For smooth workflow of Sony A7 III video with non-linear editing software, you are recommended to downscale 4K XAVC S to 1080p from “Size(pix)” drop-down selection.

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Step 4: Edit Sony A7 III 4K XAVC S footage.

On the top tool bar on the main interface, click the pencil like icon to open “Video Editor” window, you can trim A7 III 4K XAVC S 4K video to remove the unwanted parts by setting the start and end time, crop to remove the black borders or unwanted area by dragging the dash line around the video frame, flip video, add text/image/video watermark, change video picture effect, replace/remove audio in video, add external subtitles, etc.

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Step 5: Begin the final conversion process.

After all setting is completed, hit the “Convert” button at the right bottom of the main interface to begin the conversion process from Sony A7 III 4K XAVC S to non-linear editing software supported video codec.

When the conversion is finished, click “Open Output Folder” icon on the main interface to open the folder with generated files. Then you can have a smooth workflow of the editing format with Final Cut Pro, iMovie, Adobe Premiere.

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