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Best Way to Work Sony XDCAM EX MP4 with Avid Media Composer

The Sony XDCAM EX line-up provides stunning HD picture quality and efficient non-linear operation, expanding the creative possibilities in every type of HD video production. Popular Sony XDCAM EX camera and camcorder includes:
PXW-X70, PXW-X200, PXW-FS7, PXW-300, PMW-100, PMW-350, PMW-EX1, PMW-EX3, PMW-EX1R, PXW-X160, PDW-F330, PDW-F350

Workflow of Sony XDCAM EX with Avid

From Avid's official editing page, we get the information: Sony XDCAM EX records to SxS Memory Cards as MP4 files at either 25Mbps and 35Mbps. Avid supports the ability to import XDCAM EX clips which has been rewrapped as MXF files using the Sony Clip Browser Software (for Windows XP and Mac OS X).

Alternative way to Load XDCAM EX MP4 to Avid

If you are users of Windows 7/8/10, you will fail to import XDCAM EX MP4 to Avid with the workflow listed above. Even if you are Windows XP or Mac OS X users, it would still be hassle for you to find a program to wrap the XDCAM EX clips into MXF files. Any simple alternative solution? Fortunately, with the DNxHD codec developed by Avid, you can create mastering-quality HD media at dramatically reduced file sizes in real-time HD productivity. Here, a simple solution in hand called Pavtube Video Converter for Mac/Windows (support Mac OS X El Capitan ), which can easily generate DNxHD codec from XDCAM EX MP4 files produced by all Sony cameras or camcorders for high performance and high quality editing in Avid Media composer.

Besides Sony XDCAM EX MP4 files, the program also facilitates you to transcode other unsupported file formats such as MTS , MP4 , XAVC S , etc to DNxHD for fast and fluid post video editing.


Step by step to Wrap Sony XDCAM EX MP4 to DNxHD for Avid Editing

Step 1: Transfer XDCAM EX MP4 files to Mac computer.
- Connect the Sony camcorder to your computer with a USB cable.
- Insert an SxS card directly into the ExpressCard/34 PCMCIA slot in a MacBook Pro computer.
- Insert an SxS card directly into the ExpressCard/34 PCMCIA slot in a MacBook Pro computer.

When connecting an XDCAM EX camcorder to your computer, you must set the camcorder to target device mode. See the manual that came with your camcorder for instructions.

Step 2: Load XDCAM EX MP4 files into the program.
Run the program on your computer, on the main interface, click "File" > "Add Video/Audio" or "Add from folder" to load Sony XDCAM EX MP4 files into the program.

Step 3: Specify output file formats.
Click "Format" bar, from its drop-down list, select Avid Media native supported editing codec "Avid DNxHD (*.mov)" from "Avid Media Composer" main category menu extended list.

Step 4: Start the conversion process.
After all the setting is completed, switch back to the main interface, press right-bottom "Convert" button to start converting XDCAM EX MP4 files to Avid DNxHD.

When the conversion is completed, click "open Output Folder" button on the main interface to pop out the folder with converted files, then you will have no problem to import media  files into Avid Media Composer on either Windows or Mac.

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