Sony PMW-PZ1 Mac Editing Tips-Import XAVC files from Sony PZ1 to FCP/Premiere/Avid

It displays the detailed steps required to transcode Sony PMW-PZ1 footage to MPEG-2 , DNxHD and ProRes .mov for working with Premiere Pro, Avid MC and FCP X beautifully without a glitch.

Newsshooter was at Sony headquarters in New York as they introduced a new 4K playback deck for SxS memory cards, the PMW-PZ1, which will also copy cards to a USB-3 hard drive. The memory player has four 3G HDSDI outputs as well as an HDMI-2 4K output. Besides XAVC, it will handle a variety of formats (including HD) and will also take XQD and SD cards with adapters. Newsshooter got this exclusive first look at the deck Tuesday, March 10, 2015. Owner/operators with F5/F55 cameras now have another way to feed footage and back it up to drives.

Although more and more NEL systems can support XAVC codec- apparently not all flavors work well. It is still not easy to import Sony PMW-PZ1 XAVC to FCP, Premiere and Avid for editing on Mac.

In order to make the XAVC files from Sony PMW-PZ1 compatible with FCP, Adobe and Avid, the easy workaround is to convert Sony XAVC files. For this purpose, this article mainly shows you how to transcode Sony PMW-PZ1 videos for editing, playing in FCP, Avid, Adobe in detail.

How to Import Sony PMW-PZ1 footage in Avid, FCP X and Premiere

1. First, download and install Brorsoft Vide Converter for Mac

It works as the best Sony XAVC converter under OS X Leopard (10.5), Snow Leopard (10.6), Lion (10.7), Mountain Lion (10.8) and Mavericks(10.9), Yosemite(10.10). With it, you can effortlessly transcode Sony PMW-PZ1XAVC files to ProRes for FCP (X), DNxHD for Avid, MPEG-2 for Adobe, AIC for iMovie/FCE. Plus, it can also help you to convert MTS, XDCAM, DV files from Sony PMW-PZ1 to MP4, MOV, AVI, FLV, etc videos for different uses.

(Note: Click here for OS X 10.5)

2. Launch the Sony XAVC Converter for Mac and click add button to import XAVC clips to the program for converting.

3. 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 convert Sony XAVC to Avid Media Composer, choose Avid Media Composer -> Avid DNxHD (*.mov) as the target format.

c. Choose Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas --> MPEG-2(*.mpg) as output format for editing Sony PMW-PZ1 XAVC in Adobe with natively supported video codec.

4. Hit the Convert button to start the conversion; it will transcode Sony XAVC to FCP/Avid/Adobe friendly format on Mac OS X.

After the conversion, you can get the converted Sony PMW-PZ1 videos for editing with FCP, Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro smoothly.

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