You may find Premiere Pro CC/After Effects CC won’t import XAVC S files from Sony Alpha a7II smoothly. The easy workaround is to encode/decode Sony a7II XAVC S to Premiere Pro CC/After Effects CC more “edit” friendly codec- MPEG-2. Here is how.

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The Sony Alpha A7 II is the sequel to a camera series that bowled us over last year. Now it has come to us. In addition to highly detailed stills with smooth gradations, the a7II now has access to the high-bit-rate XAVC S format with 60p, 30p, and 24p recording options, all at 50 Mbps. If you’ve got some XAVC S material from Alpha A7 II, you will research possible workflows, so as to as have smooth work with the Sony a7II XAVC S in PPro CC/AE CC.

Why is a7II so popular among photographers? Though more and more HD cameras have been released by Sony, a7II has the stable shooting ability and the high definition output footage XAVC S. But the only disadvantage is as follows: “As a teacher who teaches video production in the studying courses, I’m trying to use my Sony A7II 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 in Premiere Pro CC on Mac. However, it seemed that XAVC S files are not so compatible with this program, right? How about editing in After Effects CC?”
Tips: Adobe Premiere Pro supported formats

While enjoying the stunning videos recorded of HD image quality, many users are having problems when trying to edit Alpha a7II XAVC S in some popular NLEs. What we need here is a XAVC S 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. Here, you can depend on Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac. If you are Windows users, you can refer to Pavtube HD Video Converter.

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How to edit Sony a7II XAVC S in Premiere Pro CC/After Effects CC?

Step 1: Backup your XAVC S videos from a7II to hard drive. Install and launch XAVC S HD Video Converter for Mac. Drag and drop XAVC S files to the software. You can import multiple files at once thanks to “Add from folder” button.

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Step 2: Click the drop-down list in the format line to get the format box. Then choose “Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas>>MPEG-2 (*.mpg)” as output format for editing in Premiere Pro CC/After Effects CC.
Tips: WMV (VC-1) (*.wmv) and MOV (AVC) (*.mov) are both supported. Generally, MPEG-2 is a well-accepted file format for its ability to keep up the video quality and its popularity.

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Step 3: Do some simple edit work.
De-interlace: By default the XAVC S HD Video Converter for Mac will apply de-interlacing facility to some clips that are interlaced. Just click “Edit” to enter the video editor, switch to “Effect” tab, and check the “Deinterlacing” box.

Trim: Basically, video hosting sites restrict video clips to be in certain file size and length. For example, YouTube stated that “videos can be up to 2GB in size and 10 minutes long”. You can trim the video to desired length with this HD Video Converter for Mac. Simply click “Edit” menu>>”Trim” tab and set start and end time point.

Merge: To join multiple videos together, just select them in file list, and tick off the checkbox “Merge into one file” on the main interface.

Step 4: You can preview to check the final result. Once you are satisfied with it, click the “Convert” button to start converting XAVC S videos to MPEG-2 .mpg format. It will take you a little while.

Conclusion: After conversion, you’ll get no troubles in editing a7II XAVC S videos in Premiere Pro CC/After Effects CC. Follow the steps and have a try!

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