Avid MC Workflow:Can Avid split BPAV .MP4 from Sony PMW-EX3

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Avid MC Workflow:Can Avid split BPAV .MP4 from Sony PMW-EX3

Postby vivian68 » Wed Mar 13, 2013 2:46 am

Avid MC Workflow: Can Avid split BPAV .MP4 files from Sony PMW-EX3

Summary:In this post, you will learn how to import Sony PMW-EX3 MP4 files to Avid Media Composer for editing.

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The Sony PMW-EX3 is a flash-memory based high definition camcorder capable of a variety of frame rates and resolutions using Sony's new XDCAM-EX intraframe codec. A "big-brother" to the PMW-EX1, the PMW-EX3 ups the ante by providing an interchangeable lens mount. The mount allows users to put a variety of professional lenses on the camera, including 1/2" and 2/3" bayonet mounts (with optional adapter).

Enhancing both usability and workflow efficiency, the PMW-EX3 has an extensive set of features that push the boundaries of traditional handheld cameras, including a continuous record time of up to 140 minutes! Whether shooting in 720p, 1080i, or 1080p modes, the PMW-EX3 has it all covered. Its bevy of output settings lets users take advantage of fast and slow motion, as well as popular frame rates such as the "film-like" 24p mode.


XDCAM EX is a variant of Sony's popular XDCAM HD codec, which has become a benchmark for affordable non-linear professional acquisition. Through the use of flash-based memory, the PMW-EX3 can take advantage of variable bit rate (VBR) recording. Its recordings are in .MP4 format.

Can Avid split BPAV .MP4 files from Sony PMW-EX3?

You may have the need to import Sony PMW-EX3 MP4 recordings to Avid Media Composer for editing, can Avid split BPAV .MP4 files from Sony PMW-EX3? The answer is no. As Avid Media Composer best supported video format is DNXHD codec MOV format, it can't supports BPAV .MP4 files from Sony PMW-EX3 natively. According our multi-testing, Avid doesn't do Sony PMW-EX3 MP4 clips. You can't edit Sony Cyber-shot MP4 clips natively in Avid Media Composer directly.

Solution: Import Sony PMW-EX3 MP4 to Avid MC on Mac for easier editing

Since Avid Media Composer natively supported video format is Avid DNxHD, thus, you should transcode Sony PMW-EX3 MP4 to Avid DNxHD with this professional Mac MP4 to Avid DNxHD Converter. The MP4 to Avid Converter for Mac comes with an optimized format preset for Avid editing software, which enables users to convert Sony Cyber-shot MP4 to DNxHD MOV for using in Avid Media Composer directly.

Software need:

Pavtube Media Magician for Mac

Step 1: Add Sony PMW-EX3 MP4 files into Media Magician for Mac

There are two ways available to import source media files:

1) Import from camera/camcorder

Connect your camera with your Mac computer and run Pavtube Media Magician for Mac. This camcorder companion tool will detect your camera automatically and ask "Camcorder is connected. Are you ready to launch wizard now?" Click "Yes" to confirm.


In the mean time, you are allowed to backup Sony PMW-EX3 MP4 directly from camera to local computer. Also, you can click the camera icon to load camcorder videos as well.

Step 2: Drag and drop Sony PMW-EX3 MP4 onto Timeline

After source Sony PMW-EX3 MP4 clips are imported into the Media Magician for Mac program, you need to drag and drop the clips that you want to transcode to DNxHD MOV onto timeline.


If you would like to cut off unwanted parts of your Sony PMW-EX3 MP4 clips, rearrange them in your wanted order, or merge them into one file, you can use the control buttons on timeline to do this.

The control buttons on timeline help you locate frames accurately so that you can cut, trim, delete, and merge video clips in a much easier way.

Step 3: Convert Sony PMW-EX3 MP4 to DNxHD MOV for Avid Media Composer

Choose "Output" in the main interface, and click "Plus" icon to add conversion task before selecting output format. Then switch to "Editor" > "Avid Studio" and click "Start" to begin exporting Sony PMW-EX3 MP4 to DNxHD MOV for Avid Media Composer. Then you can get the converted DNxHD (*.mov) files for importing and editing in Avid MC.


Read more about Sony video:

Convert Sony XDCAM files to iMovie

Load Sony XDCAM footage to Final Cut Pro

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