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Best Workflow for Importing Sony XDCAM HD files to Pinnacle Studio


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    Sony's XDCAM HD format is based on optical media, Sony’s Professional Disc system. Sony XDCAM HD camcorders record high-resolution MPEG-2 Long-GOP files, using the standardized Material Exchange Format container, other wise know as MXF. A low-resolution MPEG-4 video stream for proxy-based video editing is also created simultaneously with the high-resolution content during recoding. In this article, we will share the XDCAM HD workflows in Pinnacle Studio for those who failed to import Sony XDCAM HD footage to Pinnacle Studio for post-production.


    During the XDCAM HD importing & editing process with the non-linear editor Pinnacle Studio, many users are fed up with the incompatibility issues:


    So my client has a selection of XDCAM HD footage that they want to edit in-house using their PC and Pinnacle Studio. Naturally, they can't use the XDCAM native footage, which they have. I need to figure out a way to either get them to convert the footage to something usable or to get Pinnacle/their PC to read the XDCAM codec.


    Since Sony XCAM HD (MXF, MEPG-4) files are not ideal for editing in Pinnacle Studio. You'd consider going to some uncompressed codec that Pinnacle might handle. Here comes Brorsoft Video Converter, which can help you to transfer Sony XDCAM MP4/MXF to Pinnacle Studio favorable AVI video. This program supports professional encoders like DNxHD, MPEG-2 and more- ensuring maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with Avid Media Composer, Sony Vegas Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, etc respectively. If you have the Sony XDCAM HD incompatibility problems on Mac, please try Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac. Just download and follow the guide below to achieve your goal in a fast way.


    Download the Sony XDCAM HD Converter:


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    Brief tutorials of transcoding XDCAM HD to Pinnacle Studio


    Step 1: Add XDCAM HD files


    Install and launch the Sony XDCAM HD Converter, and then click "Add Files" button to import your XDCAM HD MXF/MP4 files to the software.


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    Tip: If you wanna combine XDCAM HD video clips into one file, you can click the "Merge into one" box.


    Step 2: Choose Pinnacle Studio edtiable format


    Click “Format” bar to determine output format. Here we choose "HD Video" -> "AVI HD Video (*.avi)" as output, which seems to be the best one due to the great video quality but small size. Of course, MPG, WMV are also the proper formats for Pinnacle.


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    Step 3: Modify the video settings


    Adjust the video and parameters, including the Bitrate of Video and Audio, the Codec of Video and Audio, Video Size, Sample Rate, Frame Rate, Audio Channels, etc., by clicking the Settings buttion on the main interface. The screen shot listed below is our recommendation on the settings for you.


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    Step 4: Start converting XDCAM HD to Pinnacle


    When the former steps finished, you can press "Convert" button to start encoding Sony XDCAM HD files to AVI for work natively in Pinnacle Studio.


    Once the conversion is 100% completed, you can transfer your videos to Pinnacle Studio for further editing without any problem.


    Related Guides:


    How to edit Sony XAVC codec in Pinnacle Studio
    Converting Sony XDCAM footage to QuickTime MOV
    How to load Sony XDCAM MXF files to Premiere Pro
    How to ingest Sony XDCAM HD422 Media to Avid MC