Sony a6300 XAVC S to Premiere Pro CC/CS6/CS5/CS4 Workflow

Published on by Chris King

You may find that Adobe Premiere Pro won't import Sony a6300 XAVC S 4K videos smoothly. What you can do to resolve the issues is to transcode a6300 XAVC S to a more "edit" friendly for Premiere Pro.


Fast-focusing and 4K-shooting, the Alpha a6300 from Sony is a versatile APS-C-format mirrorless digital camera designed for multimedia image-makers. Full HD 1080p recording is also supported in frame rates up to 120 fps, and both resolutions utilize the 100 Mbps XAVC S format contained within an MP4 wrapper with 4:2:0 sampling. Overall we are expecting the image to be most exciting from the Alpha a6300. However, when it comes to view, load and edit the Alpha a6300 XAVC S videos in Premiere Pro CS6/CS5/CS4, there are a few issues. So what's the matter and is there an available way to work with the a6300 XAVC S in Premiere Pro smoothly?

According to Adobe's official site, the new version 8.2.0 of Adobe Premiere Pro CC can natively support XAVC S 4K and HD. I've tried the trial version of Premiere Pro CC, same result- can't get Sony a6300 XAVC S viewed in timeline. In fact, the high-quality XAVC S file is not an ideal editing format for Adobe Premiere. To make the Alpha a6300 XAVC S files compatible with Premiere Pro perfectly, the easy workaround is to transcode the XAVC S to Premiere more editing-friendly codec like MPEG-2. Along with some help from third-party software like Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac, you can achieve your goal effortlessly.

Overall, the program is the best XAVC S converter under Mac OS X(El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks included). With it, you can effortlessly transcode Sony A6300 XAVC S to MPEG-2 or MOV, which will create a Premiere Pro friendly file format keeping the original quality. Besides Premiere, this software can also export DNxHD for Avid, ProRes for FCP, AIC for iMovie/FCE and more NLE systems for native editing. For Windows users, you can turn to Video Converter. Just get the right version according to your computer's OS and follow the step-by-step guide below to convert the a6300 XAVC S videos to Adobe Premiere Pro easily.

Converting Sony a6300 XAVC S for Editing in Premiere Pro

1. Download, install and run the XAVC Converter for Mac; click "Add Videos" icon to load your source XAVC S videos from Sony a6300.


2. Click "Format" pull down list to select Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas> MPEG-2(*.mpg) as the best video format for Premiere Pro. WMV, MOV formats are the good choice as well. You can click Settings to adjust video and audio parameters to get the best quality video.


3. Click the "Convert" icon under the preview window, and the Mac video converter will start converting Sony A6300 XAVC S to Adobe Premiere Pro on Mac.

When the conversion is finished, you can click "Open" button to get the generated MPEG-2 files effortlessly. Afterwards, you can launch your editing program to import converted XAVC S clips into Premiere Pro for further editing.

Additional Tips:

This Sony XAVC S Converter Mac can also help you to encode XAVC/XAVC S video to FCP, iMovie, FCE, Avid, etc. You just need to choose a proper video format like "Final Cut Pro> Apple PreRes 422(*.mov)" for FCP in the second step. For Avid Media Composer, choose "Avid Media Composer > Avid DNxHD(*.mov)" as output; For iMovie, choose iMovie and Final Cut Express -> Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov) as output.

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