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GSony PXW-Z100 Post Workflow with Adobe Premiere Pro


The Sony PXW-Z100 4K Handheld XDCAM Camcorder uses the same professional-quality XAVC recording format found in Sony's PMW-F55 CineAlta 4K camera. MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 compression is used to record Full HD (1920x1080), QFHD (3840x2016), and true 4K (4096x2160) content. Image sampling is 4:2:2 10-bit with intra frame recording at a maximum bit rate of 600 Mbps during 4K 60p recording, and 223 Mbps at Full HD 60p. While enjoying the stunning HD image quality, many folks are having problems when importing Sony PXW-Z100 4K XAVC to Adobe Premiere Pro (even with the latest Premiere Pro CC). If you're in such a situation, you can read on the article to learn more, which mainly shows you how to get Sony PXW-Z100 4K footage and Premiere Pro to work beautifully.

Adobe has supported MPEG2 for some time now, but XAVC HD requires the installation of some extra software. On a Mac, you'll need to get the XAVC codec from Apple, and the only way to do that is to have either FCP or Compressor installed. This will let you work with XAVC in HD, though not 4K. On a PC, you'll need the Main Concept/Rovi Total Code plugin, which will enable XAVC in both HD and 4K. However, problems like computer freezes when editing the PXW-Z100 4K XAVC in Premiere Pro may occur. Meanwhile the majority of work is still being finished in 1080p. Therefore, in order to import Sony PXW-Z100 4K XAVC to Adobe Premiere CC, CS6, CS5.5, CS5, CS4, etc. for smoothly editing, you can use 3rd-party program to convert and transocde the 4K XAVC to MPEG-2 codec for Premiere.

To finish the task, you can use EaseFab Video Converter for Mac, by running it, there's no no need to set the codec yourself: the program has optimized presets for Adobe Premiere (Premiere Pro CC included). You can convert any video file to Adobe Premiere compatible format without quality loss. For windows uer, please get Video Converter for Windows.

First of all, download the app:

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Converting Sony PXW-Z100 4K XAVC to Adobe Premiere Pro MPEG-2

Step 1. Load the 4K XAVC files

Download, install and run the XAVC Converter for Mac; click "Add Video" icon to load your source XAVC videos from Sony PXW-Z100.


Step 2. Choose the optimized preset for Premiere

The program has three already optimized the video settings for Adobe Premiere. You can select MOV, WMV or MPEG-2 from "Editing Software" as the output format. All output videos will seamlessly fit Adobe Premiere Pro CC, CS6, CS5.5, CS5, CS4 and more. Here we recommend you choose MPEG-2.


Tips: 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.

Step 3: Start converting the 4K footage

When everything is ready, simply click the big "Convert" button and the program will start transcoding 4K XAVC videos to MPEG-2 files. Soon after the conversion, just click "Open" button to get the generated files for natively editing Sony PXW-Z100 4K XAVC footage in your Adobe Premiere Pro CC, CS6, CS5.5, CS4 or CS4.

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