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Can’t Import Sony XDCAM EX MP4 to Avid Media Composer with AMA Plug-in

Can’t Import Sony XDCAM EX MP4 to Avid Media Composer with AMA Plug-in

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Cant import Sony PMW-EX3 footage with AMA Plug-in

Then I try to import footage from the Sony PMW-EX3 to Avid via AMA, and there is text over my clip now that says “wrong format” in big white letters. So I choose “import” as DNX and it says the file format is not supported for import? I started reading the forums and didn’t find any immediate (and reasonable) solutions. I installed the sony AMA plugin and it didnt work. It didnt fix my problem. I even quit and came back in and that plugin doesn’t seem to let me play those mp4 clips. I’m on a brand new iMac 10.9.4. ANYONE HAVE ANY SOLUTIONS????

Can Avid work with XDCAM EX MP4 files?

After searching for Avid Media Composer supported formats, we find that Avid does not support the real-time editing, rendering of XDCAM EX MP4 files. It also means that Avid has no native importing support for XDCAM EX MP4 files.

Work XDCAM EX MP4 with Avid

Is it possible to access XDCAM EX file with AMA plug-in?

In Sony AMA plug-ins page, we only find the plug-in for XDCAM/HDCAM media and metadata, but not the plug-in for XDCAM EX file.

How to Import XDCAM EX MP4 to Avid?

In one of Avids official page, we get a solution to load XDCAM EX MP4 to Avid. XDCAM EX records to SxS Memory Cards as MP4 files at either 25Mbps and 35Mbps. Avid supports the ability to import XDCAM EX clips which has been rewrapped as MXF files using the Sony Clip Browser Software (for Windows XP and Mac OS X).

Alternative solution to Work XDCAM EX MP4 with Avid

If the process of loading XDCAM EX files into Avid with Sony Clip Browser Software is a little complicated for you, a workable but solution is provided for you: transcoding XDCAM EX MP4 to Avid Media Composer best compatible editing codec – DNxHD, which helps to create mastering-quality HD media at dramatically reduced file sizes, shattering the barriers to real-time HD productivity. Here, you can easily generate the professional DNxHD codec from XDCAM EX MP4 files and also other video footage format such as XAVC S, AVCHD, Prores MOV, QuickTime video, etc with Pavtube Video Converter for Mac (best Mac Video Converter).

For Windows users, you can turn to download Pavtube Video Converter to encode XDCAM EX MP4 to Avid DNxHD on Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP.

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How to Transcode Sony XDCAM EX MP4 to DNxHD for Editing with Avid?

Step 1: Transfer XDCAM EX MP4 files to Mac computer.
- Connect the Sony camcorder to your computer with a USB cable.
- Insert an SxS card directly into the ExpressCard/34 PCMCIA slot in a MacBook Pro computer.
- Insert an SxS card directly into the ExpressCard/34 PCMCIA slot in a MacBook Pro computer.
When connecting an XDCAM EX camcorder to your computer, you must set the camcorder to target device mode. See the manual that came with your camcorder for instructions.

Step 2: Load XDCAM EX MP4 files into the program.
Run 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.

Add Sony XDCAM EX MP4 files into the program

Step 3: Specify output file formats.
Click “Format” bar, from its drop-down list, select Avid Media native supported editing codec “Avid DNxHD (*.mov)” from “Avid Media Composer” main category menu extended list.

Choose to output Avid DNxHD editing codec

Step 4: Merge into one file.

Just arrange the imported 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 completed, switch back to the main interface, press right-bottom “Convert” button to start converting XDCAM EX MP4 files to Avid DNxHD.

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 XDCAM EX MP4 files into Avid Media Composer on either Windows or Mac.

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