Summary: The Sony Vegas Pro won't import XAVC files from Sony F55, F5 smoothly. The easy workaround is to transcode Sony XAVC to a more "edit" friendly codec. Here is how.
Sony has started the roll-out of its new, more efficient, mid-range codec: XAVC, along with the PMW-F5 &PMW-F55 4K cameras. It allows higher frame rate recording at 1080p. With every new camera, come many new questions about workflow. This article mainly outlines Sony F55/F5 XAVC to Vegas Pro workflow.
When I got my F5, I tried to work the output 1080p XAVC footage in Sony Vegas Pro 11. It imports, but when I try to do anything with it, it crashes. As far as I know Vegas Pro can’t support XAVC 4K & HD. You may also be troubled by the similar problem. To get rid of the issues, you will need to transcode Sony XAVC to a more "edit" friendly codec for Vegas like MPEG-2.
Now I share the guide with you how to convert XAVC footage to Vegas Pro friendly format using Brorsoft Video Converter. With it, you can effortlessly encode/re-encode XAVC intra footage shot from Sony PWM-F5, F55 for smoothly importing and editing in various non-linear editing systems (NLE), including Adobe Premiere Pro, Sony Vegas, Cyberlink PowerDirector, Avid Studio, Magix Movie Edit Pro, Windows Movie Maker, Pinnacle Studio and more. If you're using a Mac, please turn to its equivalent Mac version –Video Converter Mac, which can help you solve the XAVC codec and Mac incompatibility.
1. Download, install and run the XAVC to Vegas Pro Converter; click "Add Videos" icon to load your source XAVC videos from XDROOT folder.
2. Click on the Format box to get the dropdown menu. Select Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas --> MPEG-2 (*.mpg) for editing XAVC in Vegas with natively supported video codec.
3. Click "Settings" button if you’d like to customize advanced audio and video parameters like Video Codec, aspect ratio, bit rate, frame rate, Audio codec, sample rate, audio channels.
4. Hit the convert button, it will start converting F55/F5 XAVC for importing to Sony Vegas Pro immediately. Soon after the conversion, just click “Open” button to get the generated files for natively editing in Vegas Pro 9/10/11/12 perfectly.
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Source:Tips for using Sony F55/F5 XAVC footage in Vegas Pro