Monday, June 1, 2015

Convert Sony EX3 MP4 to Avid Media Composer

Summary: If you have problems for importing and editing EX3 MP4 video clips in Avid Media Composer, you can follow this simple tutorial to convert Sony EX3 MP4 to DNxHD for Avid MC.

When you got a Sony PMW-EX3, you can easily shot some MP4 footage. Then you would probably expressed concern about how to use the MP4 footage that is recorded to SxS cards on the Sony PMW-EX3 camera. Since there are users complained that Avid Media Composer doesn’t work with Sony EX3 MP4 natively, I will share two easy solutions in the following part.

Solution 1: In usual, we can use Avid Media Access (AMA) to directly link with Sony XDCAM HD, XDCAM EX videos. So just link your Sony EX3 XDCAM EX MP4 files to Avid Media Composer via AMA.

Cons: Based on own experience and other users feedback, XDCAM AMA plugin for Avid MC 7 is not available. If you want to edit XDCAM EX in Avid MC 7, you need an alternative way.

Solution 2: Since AMA Plugin is not workable in Avid Media Composer 7, to have a smooth Sony EX3 MP4 to Avid MC 7 workflow, an alternative solution is to transcode Sony XDCAM to DNxHD, Avid Media Composer (5/5.5/6/6.5/7) most compatible format.

Cons: It needs third-party software to convert Sony EX3 XDCAM media.

Well, if you don’t mind it and yearn for a smooth workflow, you can try this way anyhow. I got a big success in this try. Pavtube Video Converter for Mac can be of great help in this task. With it, you can effortlessly transcode EX3 MP4 files to DNxHD encoded MOV for Media Composer 5/5.5/6/6.5/7, and it works well and converts flawlessly. Meanwhile, the Mac Video Conversion tool can create files compatible with various non-linear editing systems like FCP, FCE, iMovie, and Adobe Premiere (Pro), etc. If you are running on Windows, get Pavtube Video Converter. Now, just download the program and achieve your goal smoothly.

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More details are allowed here for you to take the advice:

Step 1: Download and install the corresponding version. Click “Add video” on the main interface to load MP4 files to the program. You can also drag the files to the program’s window list directly. This program can also support the batch video clips.

Step 2: Select the right formats for editing in Avid MC. Here we suggest you to go to the “Avid Media Composer” list, you will get the “Avid DNxHD (*.mov)” as the best output.

Step 3: Wanna compress your MP4 videos? Well, in the “Settings” button, you can adjust video and audio settings, including codec, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate, and audio channel.

Step 4: With all the preparations work done? Why not go back to the main interface to click the “Convert” button to get the work started?

Conclusion: Once the conversion is finished, click “Open” to quickly find the converted files. Then, Avid Media Composer will recognize, catalog, play and stream them just fine. You can edit Sony EX3 MP4 in Avid MC flawlessly.

Further Reading:


  1. Here is the solution to can't import MP4 to Avid

  2. I recommend Avdshare Video Converter which can convert XDCAM EX files in any video format to Edius more supported MTS.Here is the guide

  3. i recommend to use Avdshare Video Converte to convert Sony EX3 MP4 to DNxHD for Avid MC.