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Description: Follow this article to learn how to playback/edit Sony PMW-400 XAVC footage in QuickTime on Mac; with this Sony XAVC Converter, you can easily convert the footage to many other video formats for NLE editing.
"Hi, I have some XAVC files and was wondering is there a way to put them in QuickTime for watching? It seems QuickTime doesn't like these files with .mxf extension. Btw I'm using Sony PMW-400. Thx!"
The PMW-400 is a new high-end HD camcorder from Sony, which is also included in the PMW series. Sony started to use a special video codec-XAVC in its latest PMW members. The XAVC codec is for 4k videos encoding and it allows high frame rate video shooting up to 1080/60i or 720/60p. As a strong competitive new camcorder, the Sony PMW-400 is able to shooting full hd interlaced videos and its XAVC encoding enables large video storage comparing with its large video size.
But if you want to playback or edit Sony PMW-400 XAVC files in QuickTime on mac, the raw footage cannot be accepted by QuickTime Player because these files with .mxf extension is not mac preferred. Hereby the best work flow is to convert Sony PMW-400 XAVC footage to QuickTime MOV on Mac.
How to convert Sony PMW-400 XAVC to QuickTime MOV on Mac
Step 1. Install and launch this Sony XAVC Converter for Mac, click top left two icons to load individual videos or load the entire folder.
Step 2. Click Format and choose Common Video> MOV-QuickTime(*.mov) as the best video format for playback with QuickTime on Mac.
You can also click Settings to change the output video bitrate, frame rate, size, etc. all according to your needs.
Step 3. Click the big red circle at the bottom right to start converting Sony PMW-400 XAVC to QuickTime Player on mac. Wait for a while, the video will be ready to be played back on mac smoothly.
More guides can be found here about how to work with videos from different model of Sony cameras.
Edit XAVC in Pinnacle, Cyberlink, Squeeze and Movie Maker
Ingest 4K XAVC Codec in Aodbe Premiere Pro
Convert XAVC to FCP and Burn XAVC to DVD
Import Sony PMW-F5/F55 XAVC to Kdenlive
Transcode XAVC files to MP4 for playing
Get XAVC into Adobe After Effects CS6
XAVC and Avid MC,Xpress Pro Workflow
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Source: XAVC Encoding-Encode Sony PMW-400 XAVC to QuickTime MOV for playing and editing on Mac