Import and Edit Sony A6500 XAVC S Files to Davinci Resolve

A smooth workflow of importing and editing XAVC S recordings from Sony A6500 in Davinci Resolve. Read on to get more hints.

The Sony A6500 Internal recording of UHD 4K movies is possible in multiple frame rates up to 30 fps and, based on the Super35mm recording area and effective 20MP (6000 x 3376) resolution, 2.4x oversampling renders greater detail and full pixel readout is possible, that is void of pixel binning, for higher quality imagery with reduced moiré and aliasing. Full HD 1080p recording is also supported in frame rates up to 120 fps, and both resolutions utilize the 100 Mbps XAVC S format contained within an MP4 wrapper with 4:2:0 sampling. However, if you get some XAVC S files recorded from Sony A6500 and intend to edit XAVC S files in Davinci Resolve, you’ll get a bit disappointed.

I have tried importing XAVC S files from a Sony A6500 camera, into Davinci Resolve 11, the imported files do not run smoothly when viewing them. IS it compatible with Resolve?

Actually, XAVC and XAVC-S, or AVCHD, or any other similar format is very efficient for encoding video data into small file sizes. It is not however easy or quick to decode for high-quality finishing and post production processing. In other words, it’s hard to work your A6500 XAVC S footage in Davinci Resolve(even the latest version Resolve 14). Fortunately, there is an easy workaround for you- convert your 4K/HD XAVC S clips to a more editable video format for Davinci Resolve, such as ProRes, DNxHD.

Here the award-winning UFUSoft XAVC S Converter for Mac cuts the buck at this point, letting you convert Sony A6500 4K/1080p XAVC-S to Davinci Resolve compatible format with incredible fast speed and outstanding output quality. Besides, it also helps you convert XAVC S to other popular video formats like M4V, MOV, FLV, MP4, MKV, AVI, FLV etc for using on diverse multi-media devices including iPhone/iPad/iPod, Xbox, Apple TV, Google Drive, Chromecast, etc. If you are Windows user, you want to transcode XAVC S to Davinci Resolve as well as Premiere Pro, Windows Movie Maker, Cyberlink PowerDirector, Pinnacle Studio, After Effects and more NLE programs, you’re highly recommended to adopt UFUSoft Video Converter for Windows.

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How to Transcode and Import Sony A6500 XAVC S Files to Davinci Resolve?

Step 1. Add Sony A6500 recorded XAVC S files

Download, install and run the XAVC S to Premiere Pro Converter; click “Add” button on the top of the main interface to import source video to the program. It supports batch conversion and joining multiple video clips into one file.

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Step 2. Select output format

Hit Format bar to select output format. You can choose Final Cut Pro> Apple PreRes 422(*.mov) as output format. It is an ideal editing format for Resolve. For Windows users, Avid Media Composer > Avid DNxHD(*.mov) is the best option.

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Tip – Profile Settings:

In case the default settings do not fit your requirement, you can click “Settings” button and enter “Profile Settings” panel to adjust video size, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channels.

Step 3. Start converting Sony A6500 XAVC S files

Hit the convert button, it will start converting XAVC S for Davinci Resolve immediately. Soon after the conversion, just click “Open” button to get the generated files for natively editing in Resolve 11/12/13/14 perfectly.