Play and Edit Sony a7s II 4K XAVC S in Davinci Resolve

A simple guide leads you to convert Sony a7s II 4K XAVC S files to DNxHD MOV video format so that you can edit your XAVC S files on Davinci Resolve smoothly and easily. 

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Sony a7S II is a popular 4K camera which has come to the high-bit-rate XAVC S format with 60p, 30p, and 24p recording options, all at 50 Mbps. As a Sony a7s II user, ever encountered any troubles when importing Sony a7s II XAVC S to Davinci Resolve for editing? This article is mainly to solve the Sony a7s II 4K recordings to Davinci Resolve editing issues. Read on and I think you can get clues as you want. 

Based a group of people's feedback, at present XAVC-S, a long GOP inter-frame codec, does not appear to be supported by Davinci Resolve well. To edit the XAVC S footage in Davinci Resolve smoothly, the easy workaround is to convert XAVC S to DNxHD, which Davinci Resolve works best with. Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac is the solid tool to help users make the Sony a7s II XAVC S to DNxHD transcoding on Mac OS X.  

Overall, the program is a professional yet easy-to-use XAVC/XAVC S converter on Mac. With it, you can convert Sony a7s II, Sony a99 IISony a6500, Sony AX33, Sony RX100 V, Sony FS5, FS55 and more recorded XAVC S or XAVC videos to DaVinci Resolve compatible video like DNxHD, QuickTime without any quality loss. What's more, this software can also transcode XAVC S clips for editing in Davinci Resolve as well as Avid Media Composer, Final Cut Pro, iMovie, Adobe Premiere Pro, etc flawlessly. The equivalent Windows version is Brorsoft Video Converter, which can encode Sony a7s II XAVC S files for Windows editing. 

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How to convert Sony a7s II XAVC S to Davinci Resolve compatible files 

Step 1. Load XAVC S files to the converter 

Launch this program, click the Add button or drag your XAVC S files directly onto the interface. Batch conversion is supported to ease your conversion and save time. You can check "Merge into one file" to join several video clips together if necessary. 

 

Step 2. Hit Format bar to select output format. You can choose Avid Media Composer > Avid DNxHD(*.mov) as output format. It is an ideal editing format for Resolve. Of course, you can also click "Common Video" > "MOV - QuickTime (*.MOV)" as the target format. 

 

Tip: 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. If you want to get original 4K resolution, just keep the video size as original. 

Step 3. When you finish all settings, hit "Convert" button to start transcoding Sony a7s II 4k video for DaVinci Resolve. You can follow the conversion process from the pop-up windows. 

After the conversion, it's freely to import the transcoded a7s II XAVC S clips into DaVinci Resolve 12/11/10/9 for natively editing. 

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