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How to Import and Edit Sony XDCAM EX MP4 with Davinci Resolve?

How to Import and Edit Sony XDCAM EX MP4 with Davinci Resolve?

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Help sending an XDCAM EX 35mbs sequence to Davinci

I shot an event recently (Sony EX3, 1080p25, recorded onto sd cards via adapters) but forgot to bring along a Mac formatted HDD, when each sd card was full I copied the mp4 files onto an external drive and erased the cards to use again. I’ve edited one sequence that I’m ready to send to Davinci but the same as source method doesn’t work (I get the “Long GOP media can not be exported same as source… error message”). I’ve tried a few other ways with no success so far. I did some research, consolidated the sequence and exported and EDL but when I try to import the EDL into Davinci it freezes. Does anyone know a way for me to fix my workflow?

Davinci Resolve supported file formats

After searching online for Davinci Resolve supported file formats, we know that Resolve can’t work with XDCAM EX files natively. To successfully load XDCAM EX files into Davinci Resolve, the best solution is re-encoding XDCAM EX files to Davinci Resolve accepted video editing codec such as QuickTime, Prores, DNxHD, MXF,etc.

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Encode XDCAM EX to QuickTime codec for Davinci Resolve

You can work with XDCAM EX footage if it’s in a QuickTime wrapper and only on a Mac with the proper XDCAM EX codecs installed. So, if you have FCP then you’ll have the XDCAM EX QT codec and Resolve will be able to use it. You’ll have to use either XDCAM Browser or FCP7 to re-wrap native MP4 XDCAM EX files to QuickTime in order for them to be compatible with Resolve.

Encode XDCAM EX MP4 to Prores or DNxHD codec for Davinci Resolve

If you’re on Windows, or you are on Mac but you don’t FCP, then you will need a professional program to help you generate Davinci Resolve supported codec listed above. There is a workable and simple to use solution in hand called Pavtube Video Converter for Mac (Best Mac Video Converter Review), which helps directly encode XDCAM EX mp4 to Davinci Resolve editable Prores, DNxHD and even QuickTime codec with just few clicks.
Besides XDCAM EX files, the program also facilitates you to convert other unsupported file formats such as MP4, MTS/M2TS, P2 MXF, MOV, etc to Davinci Resolve most favorable editing formats or codecs.

For Windows users, you can turn to Pavtube Video Converter to transcode XDCAM EX files for Davinci Resolve on Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP.

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How to Convert XDCAM EX Files to Davinci Resolve Best Editing Codec?

Step 1: Load XDCAM EX files into the program.
Start the program on your computer, on the main interface, click “File” > “Add Video/Audio” or “Add from folder” to load Sony XDCAM EX MP4 files into the program.

Load Sony XDCAM EX files into the program

Step 2: Specify output file formats.
Click “Format” bar, from its drop-down list, select Davinci Resolve best supported editing codec such as “Avid DNxHD (*.mov)” from “Avid Media Composer” or “Apple Prores 422(*.mov)” from “Final Cut Pro” main category menu extended list.

Output Davinci Resolve supported editing codec

Step 3: Merge into one file.
You can arrange your loaded XDCAM EX footage in the right order by click the up and down arrow under the file displaying list, then check “Merge into one file” option to combine all the separate video clips into one complete file.

Merge into one file

Step 4: Start the conversion process.
After all the setting is done, click right-bottom “Convert” button to start encoding XDCAM EX MP4 files to Davinci Resolve preferred editing codec.

When the conversion is completed, click “open Output Folder” button on the main interface to pop out the folder with converted files, then you will have no problem to import and edit XDCAM EX files to Davinci Resolve on either Windows or Mac.

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