Utilizing the UDF file system, the Sony XDCAM PMW-200’s MPEG HD422 mode records in a MPEG-2 Long GOP codec. 4:2:2 color sampling gathers more chroma information than older generations of XDCAMs, so the codec’s bitrate has been increased to 50 Mbps to accommodate. The average person may not see the difference, but your footage will be much better suited for color correction, green screen and other chroma keying effects.
While, Sony PMW-200 50Mbps MXF format brings better quality and convenient for broadcasting, but most users usually occurred some error messages during the editing process as the MXF still cannot fully supported by some video editors like Adobe Premiere Pro CS6. So if you are using Adobe Premiere Pro for editing just like me, the best workaround for us is to convert Sony PMW-200 MXF to Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 MPEG-2, which is the most compatible format for Premiere Pro CS6, and it will make the editing work much smooth and easier.
Preparation for PMW-200 to Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 conversion:
You can use the best Sony MXF Converter for Mac, which was a great Sony PMW 200 MXF Converter for Mac users. It can not only convert Sony PMW 200 MXF videos to Premiere Pro without quality loss, but also can make it easy for merging multiple video clips.
Guide on transcoding Sony PMW-200 MXF to MPEG-2 on Mac OS X:
Step 1: Install and run the best Sony MXF footage to MPEG-2 converter. Click the “Add” button to import .mxf files from the Sony PMW-200 camcorder. Join MXF clips via checking the “Merge into one” box.
Step 2: Hit the Format box and select Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas --> MPEG-2(*.mpg) as output format for editing Sony MXF video in Premiere Pro CS6 easily.
Step 3: Click the “Settings” icon to do some audio, video parameter settings like video bitrate, frame rate, audio sample rate, audio channel, etc. For your original 1080p files, we recommend you to set the video size as 1920*1080p and set the video frame rate as 29.97 or 25fps(according to the original video frame rate) to make lossless MXF conversion.
Step 4: Click the convert button under the preview window, the Mac MXF converter will start the conversion from PMW-200 MXF to Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 immediately.
After the conversion, you will be able to get the output files via clicking on “Open” button effortlessly. Afterwards, you can import Sony PMW-200 footages to Premiere Pro CS6 for further editing easily.
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