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After Effects: Importing Sony XDCAM, XDCAM HD, XDCAM EX Media


The Sony XDCAM family of professional cameras and decks records standard and high-definition video to optical disc and flash memory. Although different XDCAM cameras record to different media and formats, all XDCAM cameras and decks share core benefits: high-quality images, random-access media with long record times, and fast transfer rates. If you've shot digital videos with a Sony XDCAM camera, you might want to import the Sony XDCAM media to After Effects or other NLEs for editing. While, something frustrating, After Effects doesn't provide native support for all Sony XDCAM files. So, how to deal with Sony XDCAM files in Adobe After Effects flawlessly?

As we know, Sony XDCAM series camcorders like Sony PMW-EX1, Sony PMW-350K, Sony PMW-EX3, Sony PMW-EX1R, Sony PMW-100, Sony PDW-F800, etc are high-end professional camcorders which can capture stunning-quality HD videos in .MXF, .MP4, .IMX format. However, some limits exist there. For example, After Effects cannot import XDCAM HD assets in IMX format. In order to have a smooth XDCAM Workflow in After Effects, an alternative solution is to transcode Sony XDCAM media to After Effects most compatible format. It's a great way to achieve your goal smoothly and Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac is the right app for help you make it.

The program is an easy-to-use yet professional Sony XDCAM Converter for Mac. It's able to convert XDCAM HD, XDCAM EX videos to After Effects more compatible format like MPEG-2. Plus, it also supports transcoding Sony XDCAM, XDCAM HD, XDCAM EX to ProRes for FCP, DNxHD for Avid Media Composer, MPEG-2 for Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple InterMediate Codec for iMovie. If meet the XDCAM to After Effects issues on Windows PC, please get Brorsoft XDCAM Video Converter to solve the problem. Download it and follow the guide to convert Sony XDCAM files to After Effects CS5/CS6/CC.

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Tutorial: Convert and Import Sony XDCAM footage to After Effects

Step 1: Import XDCAM video clips

Install and run the Sony XDCAM to After Effects converter on Mac, and then click "Add files" icon to import your XDCAM files directly from your camcorder or the copied folder on the desktop.


Step 2: Choose output format

Click the format bar to choose output format from the dropdown list. For After Effects editing, Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas > MPEG-2 (*.mpg) is one of the best compatible video formats for you to choose.


Step 3: Advanced video/audio settings (Optional)

Adjust the video and parameters, including the Bitrate of Video and Audio, Audio, Video Size, Sample Rate, Frame Rate, Audio Channels, etc., by clicking the Settings buttion on the main interface.

Step 4: Start Sony XDCAM to After Effects conversion

Click the arrow button to start transcoding Sony XDCAM footage to MPEG-2 for Adobe After Effects immediately.

When the conversion completes, you can get the converted video files from the destination folder and import them to After Effects CS4/CS5/CS6/CC for editing without any hassles.

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