Sony A7II to Resolve-Best Workflow for Alpha a7 II XAVC S/AVCHD/MP4 in Davinci Resolve 11

Have you ever captured some videos with your Sony Alpha a7 II but not able to upload to edit them (XAVC S/AVCHD) on Davinci Resolve? This article will help you a lot to solve this issue.

Sony Alpha a7 II Mirrorless Digital Camera
Full HD Video Recording and XAVC S Format

Shoot full HD 1920 x 1080 video at frame rates of 60p, 30p, and 24p with the high-bit-rate 50Mbps XAVC S format. This results in excellent image quality with minimal noise and artifacts without requiring a large amount of disk space. Additionally, the system using linear PCM sound for high quality audio.

When recording internally, users will record video with a 4:2:0 sampling at 8-bit, however, to even further improve image quality the a7 II has clean HDMI output for use with an external recorder. This allows users to capture 4:2:2 uncompressed video and save in an edit-ready format.

Well, as a Davinci Resolve user, we must admit that it’s disappointed DaVinci Resolve and many other programs can only handle PCM audio, like WAV files. Not LPCM audio. There are totally different format. Consequently, for native importation of Sony (4K) XAVC-S video or Full HD AVCHD files within DaVinci Resolve, it is highly recommended to convert XAVC S/AVCHD video to DaVinci Resolve 11 with appropriate codec like QuickTime, DNxHD, ProRes for editing smoothly.

To be able to use Sony A7ii XAVC-S/AVCHD 4K footage easily, we would recommend transcoding Sony A7II XAVC-S/AVCHD to a format that is best suitable for your editing program. You are recommended to use Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac, which enables you to directly output Sony Alpha a7 ii XAVC-S/AVCHD to Davinci Resolve optimized DNxHD MOV format. If you are Windows user, for windows available here. In this article I take Mac version as an example, Window version have the same steps and the functions.

(Note: Click here for OS X 10.5)

Guide: How to convert Sony a7II XAVC S/AVCHD files to DaVinci Resolve 11

Step 1: Add source videos

After downloading, install and run this Video Converter for DaVinci Resolve, just copy the AVCHD/XAVC S files from your camera to your hard drive. Import the files to the software for converting.

Step 2: Choose output format

Hit Format bar to select output format. You can choose Avid Media Composer > Avid DNxHD(*.mov) as output format. It is an ideal editing format for Resolve. Of course, you can also click "Common Video" > "MOV - QuickTime (*.MOV)" as the target format.

Tip: Click "Settings" button if you'd like to customize advanced audio and video parameters like Video Codec, aspect ratio, bit rate, frame rate, Audio codec, sample rate, audio channels. If you want to get original 4K resolution, just keep the video size as original.

Step 3. Start conversion

When you finish all settings, hit "Convert" button to start transcoding Sony Alpha a7ii XAVC S/AVCHD/MP4 for DaVinci Resolve. You can follow the conversion process from the pop-up windows.

After the conversion, it's freely to import Sony A7II clips into DaVinci Resolve 11 for natively editing.

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