Issues with using Sony PMW-400 XAVC in Avid Media Composer

Description: This Sony XAVC to Avid Converter offers you the workflow to import Sony PMW-400 XAVC footage to AMC on mac, as well as some more NLE programs. With it, you can easily convert Sony XAVC to various formats according to your needs. 

"I've spent all day long to figure out how to get my XAVC footage working in AMC. They are shoot in 1080p 60i with a Sony PMW-400; I know DNxHD is a codec that AMC prefers, but how can I turn my footage into it easily? I'm not very familiar with mac, pls try to be simple." 


Sony's new PMW-400 is one of Sony PMW series camcorders; it includes a 2/3-inch Full HD 3CMOS sensor to enable capturing wonderful moments. It brings great video quality as well as a revolution of vide recording codec--its new, more efficient, mid-range XAVC codec. The new XAVC codec is offered for 4k 4:2:0 videos shooting and allows high frame rate shooting at 1080/60i or 720/60p. 

For most Sony PMW-400 users, one of the most importance thing with the footage should be how to playback Sony XAVC videos on mac, or edit them in NLE programs such as Avid Media Composer, FCP, iMovie, etc. It's true that the XAVC codec itself is not supported by mac directly; hence the best workflow is to convert the Sony PMW-400 raw XAVC files to mac/Avid compatible video format firstly. 

Sony XAVC Converter for Mac, a powerful Sony XAVC to Avid converter which is able to convert Sony PMW-400 XAVC videos to DNxHD for Avid Media Composer on Mac. 

How to import Sony PMW-400 XAVC to Avid Media Composer 

Step 1. Install and launch this Sony XAVC Converter for Mac, click top left two icons to load individual videos or load the entire folder. 


Step 2. Click Format and choose Avid Media Composer>Avid DNxHD (*.mov) as the best video format for Avid Media Composer on Mac. 


Click Settings to change the video bitrate, frame rate, size, etc. all according to your needs. 

Step 3. Click the big red circle at the bottom right to start converting Sony PMW-400 XAVC to Avid Media Composer on mac. Wait for a while; you can load the fresh hot converted video to AMC now. 


1. Refer to this guide to learn: how to load the converted video onto Avid Media Composer on Mac

2. More guides can be found here about how to work with videos from different model of Sony cameras

See also: 

Import Sony PMW-400 XAVC footage to FCP 7/X 
Editing Sony PMW-400 XAVC videos in iMovie11/FCE 4 
Sony PMW-400 XAVC workflow with Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects CS6, Creative Suite 6 
Burn/Write Sony PMW-400 XAVC footage to DVD on Mac 
Play Sony PMW-400 XAVC to QuickTime 
Get Sony PMW-400 XAVC to work with Mavericks

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