Does Premiere support Sony ILCE-7M2 XAVC S footage?

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How do you work with Sony ILCE-7M2 XAVC-S video in Premiere Pro? The editing performance may differ depending on your computer environment and your Premiere version. If you run into troubles dealing with Sony ILCE-7M2 XAVC-S .mp4 clips in Adobe Premiere, you are just here in the right place. This tutorial guides you through a way of enabling Premiere to handle Sony ILCE-7M2 XAVC-S footage smoothly.

“I just finished filming one of my first video projects with my new Sony ILCE-7M2 and I can’t seem to use its XAVC S footage in Adobe Premiere Pro fluently. I am a complete novice when it comes to videography so I’m pretty lost right now. Would appreciate any tips or advice you guys have for a video newbie. Thanks!”

When your computer struggles to cope with the editing process, it’s necessary to transcode Sony ILCE-7M2 XAVC-S video to a Premiere editing-friendly codec first, such as ProRes and DNxHD. Check a how-to guide below.

Video Converter (It is available for Mac and Windows, simply download the proper version depending on your computer’s OS.)
download windows versiondownload Mac version



Part 1. How to transcode Sony ILCE-7M2 XAVC-S files for use in Adobe Premiere on Mac?

Step 1: Import Sony ILCE-7M2 XAVC-S files.
Start up Video Converter for Mac and click “Add File” to load Sony ILCE-7M2 XAVC-S videos that you need to convert into this program. This converter supports batch conversion, so you can import a bundle of Sony ILCE-7M2 XAVC-S files into it to do conversion at a time.

import XAVC-S video files

Step 2: Click “Profile” to select output format.
For Mac based Premiere, we would recommend choosing “Final Cut Pro” > “Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” as output format. The ProRes 422 codec will ensure a good balance between file size and file quality.

Select output profile format

Tips:
1. This converter only outputs Apple ProRes files up to 1080p. If your source video is 4K and you want to keep its original quality, you can select “4K Video” > “4K H.264/MPEG-4 AVC Video (*.mp4)” as target format for use in Premiere. To select 4K H.264 as output, please make sure your computer has enough power to handle 4K H.264.
Settings for Apple ProRes

2. If necessary, you can click “Settings” button to modify video and audio parameters like encoder, resolution, frame rate, bitrate, aspect ratio, sample rate, and audio channels. You can also “Enable 3D Settings” to add 3D effect to your source media.
Settings for video files

Step 3: Start file conversion.
Click “Convert” to start transcoding Sony ILCE-7M2 XAVC-S media for Premiere on Mac. As soon as the conversion is complete, click “Open Folder” to get the generated files for editing in Premiere Pro on your Mac with optimum performance.



Part 2. How to transcode Sony ILCE-7M2 XAVC-S files for use in Adobe Premiere on Windows?

Step 1: Import Sony ILCE-7M2 XAVC-S files.
Start up Video Converter for Windows and click “Add File” to load Sony ILCE-7M2 XAVC-S videos that you need to convert into this program. This converter supports batch conversion, so you can import a bundle of Sony ILCE-7M2 XAVC-S files into it to do conversion at a time.

import XAVC-S videos

Step 2: Click “Profile” to select output format.
For Windows based Premiere, we would recommend choosing “Avid Media Composer” > “Avid DNxHD 1080p(*.mov)” as output format.

Select output profile format

Tips:
1.This converter only outputs DNxHD files up to 1080p. If your source video is 4K and you want to keep its original quality, you can select “4K Video” > “4K H.264/MPEG-4 AVC Video (*.mp4)” as target format for use in Premiere. To select 4K H.264 as output, please make sure your computer has enough power to handle 4K H.264.
Settings for Adobe Premiere on Windows

2.If necessary, you can click “Settings” button to modify video and audio parameters like encoder, resolution, frame rate, bitrate, aspect ratio, sample rate, and audio channels. You can also “Enable 3D Settings” to add 3D effect to your source media.
Settings for video files

Step 3: Start file conversion.
Click “Convert” to start transcoding Sony ILCE-7M2 XAVC-S media for Premiere on Windows.
As soon as the conversion is complete, click “Open Folder” to get the generated files for editing in Premiere Pro on your Windows PC with optimum performance.

That’s all. Hope this post will help those who are having issues working with Sony ILCE-7M2 XAVC-S footage in Adobe Premiere Pro.

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