Premiere won’t open Sony ILCE-6500 XAVC S media properly

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Sony ILCE-6500 XAVC-S does work with the latest version of Adobe Premiere Pro. However, in some situations users still need to process “transcoded editing”. If for any reason you need to re-encode them to ProRes or DNxHD codec for a fast and fluid workflow with Premiere, you may wish to read this tutorial.

Your computer may well be able to handle Sony ILCE-6500 XAVC-S files fine in Premiere. In my experience at the busy post-production house I work at, even our top spec Mac Pros will struggle very hard with a half hour or hour show comprised of XAVC-S .mp4 or XDCAM .mxf media. Problems don’t just occur in playback either, Premiere can really struggle just navigating around a project with lots of non-optimized media.

They are both formats that the computer must work hard to decode and playback, and yes of course you can render previews but then you must re-render each time you make a change to the file.

In this situation, we would recommend converting Sony ILCE-6500 XAVC-S files to optimized DNxHD or ProRes media before start editing in Premiere.

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-6500 XAVC-S files for use in Adobe Premiere on Mac?

Step 1: Import Sony ILCE-6500 XAVC-S files.
Start up Video Converter for Mac and click “Add File” to load Sony ILCE-6500 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-6500 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-6500 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-6500 XAVC-S files for use in Adobe Premiere on Windows?

Step 1: Import Sony ILCE-6500 XAVC-S files.
Start up Video Converter for Windows and click “Add File” to load Sony ILCE-6500 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-6500 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-6500 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-6500 XAVC-S footage in Adobe Premiere Pro.

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