Summary: You may find that Adobe Premiere won't import Sony FDR-AX1 4K XAVC S files smoothly. What you can do to resolve the issues is to transcode Sony AX1 XAVC S video to Premiere Pro more "edit" friendly format like MPEG-2.
Sony FDR-AX1 is an amazing camera for both video and still photographers! The high-bit-rate XAVC S format is provided for serious videographers. While, there are a few issues when it comes to viewing, loading and editing Sony FDR-AX1 4K files in non-linear editing software like Adobe Premiere Pro. The article aims on providing some tips and tricks for working with Sony FDR-AX1 XAVC S in Adobe Premiere Pro flawlessly.
As far as I know, for the new AX1, a variation on XAVC has been developed called XAVC S. This format differs from XAVC in that it uses GOP codec of H.264/AVC for video file compression; it’s not an ideal editable format for NLE based on many users’ experience. So, how to make Sony AX1 XAVC S clips workable in Premiere Pro CC/CS6 perfectly? To get rid of the issues, you will need to transcode Sony FDR-AX1 4K to Adobe Premiere more "edit" friendly codec, MPEG-2 is recommended.
To achieve the goal, Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac is highly recommended here. The program is an easy-to-use yet professional Sony XAVC S Converter for Mac. It's able to convert XAVC S files from Sony FDR-AX1 to Mac fully compatible format and keep original quality at the mean while. This software can export MPEG-2 for Adobe Premiere Pro, ProRes for Final Cut Pro, Apple InterMedaite Codec(AIC) for iMovie/FCE, DNxHD for Avid Media Composer and more NLE systems for native editing. If meet the XAVC S codec issues on Windows PC, please get Brorsoft Video Converter to solve the problem.
Convert Sony FDR-AX1 XAVC S footage for Editing in Adobe Premiere Pro
Step 1: Install and launch the Mac XAVC Converter and load the recordings to it. If you want to merge several clips, just need to check the "Merge into one" box.
Step 2: Click “Format” bar and choose Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas --> MPEG-2(*.mpg) as output format for editing XAVC S clips in Adobe with natively supported video codec.
Step 3: 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. Note that if you want to get original 4K resolution, just keep the video size as original.
Step 4: Click the “Convert” icon under the preview window, and the Mac video converter will start converting Sony AX1 4K XAVC S to Premiere Pro CC/CS6/CS5 on Mac.
When the conversion is finished, you can click "Open" button to get the generated .mpg files effortlessly. Afterwards, you can launch Premiere Pro, and then choose File > Import > Movies to import converted XAVC S clips into Adobe PP for further editing.
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