Sony PXW-X70 is a highly compact, single chip camera the images it produces are really very good. The XAVC HD recordings are 10 bit 422 long GoP at 50Mb/s, 35Mb/s or 25Mb/s. The quality of the 50Mb/s recordings is amazing with no compression artefacts that you can see. Even the 25Mb/s recordings look really good. You can shoot at up to 60fps in 60i mode and 50fps in 50i mode. In 60i mode you also have 24fps.
In general, as we know, Premiere Pro CC has added support for this new camera format. And for Premiere Pro CS5/CS5.5/CS6, you can download Rovi Totalcode, a Plug-in for Premire which has perfect support for Sony's 4K XAVC format. However, this third-party plug-in will cost you a lot of money.
In this case, the following passage will introduce a cost effective and simple way- convert Sony PXW-X70 XAVC footages to Premiere Pro for editing.
Software Requirement: XAVC to Premiere Pro Converter for Mac from Pavtube Studio.
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The software does a good job in converting XAVC to Adobe Premiere Pro favorable format MOV/MPEG-2 with original quality kept, so as to allow you import Sony PXW-X70 XAVC to Premiere Pro CC, CS6, CS5, CS4 or CS3, etc. for extension editing without any hassles. Moreover, before starting the conversion, you are allowed to perfect the XAVC video files by rendering to the editing features provided. Becides, it allows you to join the XAVC clips together. (For windows user, turn to XAVC to Premiere Converter)
Guide: How to transcode Sony PXW-X70 XAVC to MPEG-2/MOV for Premiere
Step 1. Load Sony PXW-X70 XAVC footage to XAVC to Premiere Pro Converter.
Transfer XAVC files from Sony PXW-X70 to computer via USB cable. Download HD Video Converter for Mac from Pavtube and run the software as the best Sony XAVC converter. Click the "Add Video" button or "Add from folder" icon to load XAVC videos from PXW-X70.
Step 2. Set MOV/MPEG-2 format as output format for editing.
Click format bar to choose the format for output. Select "MOV (AVC)(*.mov)" or "MPEG-2 (*.mpg)" under Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas for editing in Adobe Premiere Pro CC, CS6, CS5.
Step 3. Adjust video and audio settings to keep 1080p HD quality
Click "Settings" button, then you will be able to adjust audio and video parameters on the popup window to customize the output file quality, these adjustable parameters include codec name, aspect ratio, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate, and audio channel.
For example, to maintain original HD quality, you may set "original" in the fields of "Size", "Bitrate" and "Frame rate". To downsize the Sony XAVC files, just set a smaller bitrate.
Step 4. Click "Convert" button to convert Sony PXW-X70 XAVC to Premiere Pro CC, CS6, CS5
Once the conversion is finished by Sony XAVC to Premiere Converter, you can click "Open" button to get the output files effortlessly. Now you have got it right, just import and edit Sony PXW-X70 XAVC files in Adobe Premiere Pro CC, CS6, CS5 without rending time.
1. To get Sony XAVC work for Avid Media Composer, pls refer to the guide.
2. Click here to learn: How to import Media Files to Premiere Pro on Mac.
3. You can also play your XAVC files with QuickTime Player and iPad Air.
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