Sony ILCE-7S XAVC S and Premiere workflow

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How do you work with Sony ILCE-7S 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-7S 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-7S XAVC-S footage smoothly.

Premiere Pro can work just fine with most any professional/consumer camera media out there. However, Sony ILCE-7S XAVC-S files just do not edit all that well in Premiere Pro. The performance is noticeably inferior to other codecs like Cineform, DNxHD and ProRes. For a fast and fluid Sony ILCE-7S XAVC-S workflow in Adobe Premiere, I transcode everything to DNxHD or ProRes format, and it makes a BIG difference in how well the timeline responds, especially with effects applied. Keep reading and learn a way of encoding Sony ILCE-7S XAVC-S video to Premiere Pro preferred editing codec.

Video Converter (It is available for Mac and Windows, simply download the proper version depending on your computer’s OS.)
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Part 1. How to transcode Sony ILCE-7S XAVC-S files for use in Adobe Premiere on Mac?

Step 1: Import Sony ILCE-7S XAVC-S files.
Start up Video Converter for Mac and click “Add File” to load Sony ILCE-7S 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-7S 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-7S 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-7S XAVC-S files for use in Adobe Premiere on Windows?

Step 1: Import Sony ILCE-7S XAVC-S files.
Start up Video Converter for Windows and click “Add File” to load Sony ILCE-7S 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-7S 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-7S 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-7S XAVC-S footage in Adobe Premiere Pro.

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