Jan 21

Import 4K XAVC S from Sony a7R III to Davinci Resolve

A smooth workflow of importing and editing XAVC S recordings from Sony a7R III in Davinci Resolve. Read on to get more hints.

The Sony a7R III is the company’s latest high-resolution full frame mirrorless camera. Much like Nikon’s recent D850, it’s one that combines this resolution with high speed and fast autofocus capabilities to a degree we’ve not previously seen. The camera can record up to 100 Mbps UHD 4K video in XAVC S format within an MP4 wrapper at a frame rate of 23.98, 25 and 29.97fps. However, if you get some XAVC S files recorded from Sony a7R III 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 a7R III 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 a7R III 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 a7R III 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 Sony a7R III 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 a7R III XAVC S Files to Davinci Resolve?

Step 1. Add Sony a7R III 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 a7R III XAVC S files

Hit the convert button, it will start converting Sony a7R III 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.