Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Convert AX30 4K XAVC S to ProRes/AVI/MPEG-2/WMV for Editing and Playing

Summary: The post will discuss how to convert 4K XAVC S files from Sony AX30 to ProRes/AVI/MPEG-2/WMV video formats, and help you edit and play AX30 4K XAVC S files on Windows/Mac anywhere you like.

Sony AX30, the most compact 4K Handycam camcorder. While, the users would get frustrated when converting AX30 recorded 4K XAVC S to ProRes/AVI/MPEG-2/WMV for editing and playing. In fact, XAVC S as a new codec does not appear to be supported by usual editing software and media players. Then how to convert AX30 4K XAVC S videos for using without any issue?

With the stable shooting ability and the high definition output footage 4K XAVC S, Sony AX30 is popular among our photographers. “As a teacher who teaches video production in the studying courses, I’m trying to use my Sony AX30 camera to shoot some recordings of my students and pick them out to show in the ‘Students’ Film Festival’. I need to edit the output videos on my Mac, I installed FCP X there. I know that ProRes codec is best compatible with FCP X. How can I convert my 4K XAVC S files to ProRes for FCP X use? How about converting 4K XAVC S to MPEG-2 for editing in Premiere, to AVI for VLC or to WMV for Windows Media Player playing?”

Considering the easy of use and the lossless quality, what we need is an AX30 best 4K XAVC S Converter. Here Pavtube Video Converter for Mac is highly recommended. With the recent upgraded version, it can encode/decode H.265/HEVC videos so nicely. If you are running on Windows, you can refer to the equivalent version Pavtube Video Converter. Easy operations to do with XAVC S files and make them accepted by common editing programs and media players with a high quality preserved.


Step-by-step on how to convert AX30 4K XAVC S to ProRes/AVI/MPEG-2/WMV for editing and playing:

Step 1: When you download and install the Mac Video Converter, open the main interface and choose the “Add video” button to load 4K XAVC S files from Sony AX30 to the program. For the multiple video clips we can hit the “Add from folder” button.

Step 2: To convert AX30 4K XAVC S to ProRes, you’d better hit the “Format” bar and choose “Final Cut Pro>>Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)”. For higher quality, you can choose “Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) (*.mov)”. For smaller size, you can choose “Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy) (*.mov)”. It all depends on you!

Tips: Convert 4K XAVC S to AVI, choose “HD Video>>AVI HD Video (*.avi)”.
Convert 4K XAVC S to MPEG-2, choose “Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas>>MPEG-2 (*.mpg)”.
Convert 4K XAVC S to WMV, choose “HD Video>>WMV HD (*.wmv)”.

Step 3: Click the “Convert” button under the preview window and the Mac Video Converter starts converting. By the way, you can take a screenshot at your favorite frame.

Conclusion: If the default A/V settings cannot fit your needs, you can click “Settings” button to custom the output video and audio settings by yourself. But if you are not good at it, you’d better use the default parameters, they will ensure you a good balance between file size and image quality basically.

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    It can direclty and mass convert AVI, AVCHD, MP4, WMV, MPG, TS, etc to ProRes.

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  2. To convert AVI to ProRes  you need a most workable AVI to ProRes converter, like Avdshare Video Converter.

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