Summary: Follow the guide below and you will know how to import Sony PMW-400 footage (MXF, AVI, MP4, XAVC) to Final Cut Pro/Avid/Premiere Pro without rendering or any other
problems on Mac OS X(Mavericks included).
Sony PMW-400 series is an SxS memory shoulder-mount camcorder which can record our high quality 50Mbps MPEG-2 HD422 video as MXF files on SxS memory cards. And the big change is what the camera records- the PMW-400 now includes all of the same codec as the PMW-500 so will record up to MPEG2 HD422 50Mb as well as all SD/HD 420 XDCAM EX codecs using .MP4 AND .AVI files, but it doesn’t stop there. With the launch of the F5 & F55 Sony also released a new codec, XAVC.
Although the PMW-400 offers us a wide choice for video recording format, it seems that the post-production is not as easy as we image. If you want to edit the videos Sony PMW-400 record, you may find the high quality video files(no matter in AVI, MP4 or MXF format) are not recognized by most editing software like iMovie, Final Cut Pro, iMovie, Avid, etc. And as far as I know, the XAVC video included in PMW-400 soon is not compatible with NELs just like from Sony F5/F55. So, how to convert/import Sony PMW-400 raw footage to FCP/Avid/Premiere Pro? Is there software can do the job?
The answer is positive. To convert and import Sony PMW-400 videos to iMovie, FCP, FCE, Avid MC, Premiere Pro, etc, you just need Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac to help you. It is the solid tool to help users make the MXF/AVI/MP4/XAVC files transcoding under OS X Leopard (10.5), Snow Leopard (10.6), Lion (10.7), Mountain Lion (10.8), Mavericks(10.9). It offers the optimal preset profiles for Final Cut Pro 6/7 and FCP X, Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro, iMovie, FCE and more. And there is no need to worry about the quality loss.
Below is the simple guide about how to convert Sony PMW-400 footage into Avid, Premiere, FCP
STEP 1: You need to download, install and run the smart Sony XDCAM/XAVC Converter Mac and transfer your recordings to the program from the Sony PMW-400 camcorder.
STEP 2: Click on the “Format ”bar and choose a best editable format.
a. Select Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov) as the output format for Final Cut Pro.
b. To edit Sony PMW-400 footage in Avid MC, choose Avid Media Composer->Avid DNxHD(*.mov).
c. For importing Sony PMW-400 video to Premiere Pro, please select Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas > MPEG-2 (*.mpg).
PS: You also can click “Settings” to set video frame rate, video size and Video Bitrate as you want.
STEP 3: As soon as all things are finished, please click “Convert” button to start the Sony PMW-400 video conversion on Mac OS X.
Once the conversion is 100% completed, you can smoothly copy the converted files to FCP/Avid/Premiere with smooth editing.
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