Sony Alpha a7S is amazing! Great camera, overall. I’m primarily using this camera for film, but love taking stills with it. It takes wonderful stills, so don’t let a 12.2 megapixel camera fool you. The wide shots are amazing and the video quality is wonderful. The only problem I encountered was the file format. The XAVC S codec it shoots in wraps its files into MP4s. These files are extremely difficult to import into all my major film editing softwares, like Premiere Pro and After Effects.
XAVC S with MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 level 5.2, the highest picture resolution and frame rate video compression codec is much more than a video format that Premiere can support. According to our own experience and other user’s feedback, to transfer Sony A7S XAVC S footage to Adobe Premiere, the best workaround here is to convert XAVC S to MPEG-2, the most compatible video format for Adobe Premiere (no matter Pro CC7, CS6, CS5, or CS4).
To transcode Sony A7S XAVC S for Adobe Premiere, here we highly recommend UFUSoft XAVC Converter for Mac to all of you which not only can deal with heavy XAVC S files to Premiere affordable video format, but also supplies other powerful video codecs for NLEs, such as Apple ProRes for Final Cut Pro (X), DNxHD for Avid, AIC for iMovie and so on. Moreover, this ideal converting tool is equipped with basic editing functions including trimming, cropping, adding watermark, removing audio and more. If you are a PC user, then please turn to Brorosft Video Converter Windows version. Now, download the software and follow the guide below to start conversion.
How to convert Sony A7S XAVC S to Adobe Premiere format
Step 1: Download and install the best Mac Sony A7S XAVC S Converter for Adobe Premiere and then launch the program to import Sony A7S XAVC S to it.
Tip: You can select all files and click “Merge” to merge multiple Sony A7S XAVC S files for easy editing in Adobe Premiere Pro CC7/CS6/CS5/CS4.
Step 2: Select the Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas> MOV (AVC)(*.mov) profile as the output format.
Tip: If you want a small file, you can choose Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas> MPEG-2(*.mpg) as the editable video format for Adobe Premiere Pro CC7/CS6/CS5/CS4.
Step 3: Click the Settings icon to customize the video/audio settings. You’d better set the video frame rate as 30fps or 29.97fps, video size as 1920*1080 to keep the best video quality for your later editing.
Step 4: Click the Converter button; UFUSoft XAVC to Adobe Premiere Converter for Mac will start the Sony A7S XAVC S files to Adobe Premiere Pro CC7/CS6/CS5/CS4 conversion immediately.
After the conversion, you can get the re-encoded videos for Adobe Premiere from the output folder effortlessly. Now, you are able to edit Sony A7S XAVC S in Adobe Premiere Pro CC7/CS6/CS5/CS4 without rendering or any other problem.