Summary: From this article below, you can learn the best way to import Sony PMW-500 MXF footage into Avid Media Composer on Mac by transcoding the Sony XDCAM MXF to DNxHD for Avid MC.
The Sony PMW-500 XDCAM HD422 Camcorder is one of the most popular models in Sony XDCAM series. It supports the 50 Mbps MPEG HD422 codec and MXF recording. Well, in this page, we aim to share some tips and tricks to solve the Sony PMW-500 workflow on Mac like how to import Sony PMW-500 MXF to Avid Media Composer under Mac OS X smoothly. If you met any Sony PMW-500 to Avid Media Composer importing or editing issues like the below user had, go through the page to find the solution.
Q1: Hi, I just got sent the files from the cameraman and was expecting BPAV folders as usual but no, Sony have changed the format. After a world of pain trying to read the new folders ( which the camerman had jumbled on copying!) My understanding is: ony clip browser wont read them but sony XDCAM browser will. The MXF files will not directly import into ver 4 or my ver 5.
Q2: My client uses AVID and can't export XDCAM files we shot on a PMW-500 by using the XDCAM Browser. The files were recorded on SXS Cards transferred to a GTECH Mini Drive in their original form from the cards. They've downloaded the latest XDCAM browser from the Sony micro site and can view the files but can't export them into their AVID. Since I use FCP, I don't have experience with Avid .... has anyone else had this issue and/or know if there's a solution? Thanks!
What caused the problems? As we know, XDCAM HD422 products record and play back high definition video with 1920 x 1080 and 1280 x 720 resolutions using MPEG HD422 compression and the XDCAM HD422 video footage is wrapped in an MXF container, which is can not natively imported by many professional video editing application including the Avid Media Composer. So, it will be a bit hard when importing XDCAM HD422 video footage with Avid MC. While, things can be different if you get some help from third-party software Brorsoft MXF Converter for Mac.
Overall, the program is a professional yet easy-to-use MXF Converter on Mac OS X, which can not only convert Sony PMW-500 MXF files to DNxHD codec videos for Mac editing, but also provide simple video editing functions for you. This Mac MXF Converter can also transcode MXF videos from Canon C300 XF100, XF105, XF305, Pansonic P2 cameras for editing in Final Cut Pro 6/7, Final Cut Pro X, Final Cut Express, iMovie, Avid MC, Adobe Premiere Pro, etc on Mac OS X(Lion and Mountain Lion included). To solve MXF issues on Windows PC, MXF Converter is the right choice for you. Just download it and follow the tutorial below to get the work done.
Transcoding Sony PMW-500 MXF files for editing in Avid Media Composer on Mac
Step 1: Import video files from your Sony PMW-500 to the MXF to Avid MC Converter Mac.
Note: Before conversion, you need to transfer MXF files from your Sony PMW-500 to Mac Hard Drive, then click the "Add files" button to browse to import MXF videos.
Step 2: Click on "Format", and select output format from the drop-down list. Follow "Avid Media Composer" > Avid DHxHD (*.mov)”.
Step 3: Click "Convert" button to start converting Sony PMW-500 mxf files to Avid DHxHD .mov for Media Composer under Mac OS X.
Tip: Some more helpful features of the Mac MXF to DNxHD Converter:
1. Settings- 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.
2. Editor (next to "Add" icon)- click to set deinterlace, trim, crop, adjust effect, add srt, ass/ssa subtitles, etc.
After the XDCAM MXF Mac conversion, you can transfer Sony PMW-500 MXF footage into Avid Media Composer 5/5.5/6/6.5 for editing smoothly on Mac with ease.
If you have problems when importing or editing your Canon, Sony, Panasonic etc, camera video files, you can check out "Brorsoft Camcorder/Camera Importing Tips" or "FCE, FCP, iMovie Column" to get your solutions.
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Source:Sony PMW-500 Workflow in Avid Media Composer