Best way to import and edit Sony PDW-HD1550 XAVC videos in Avid, Davinci Resolve

The Sony PDW-HD1550 professional disc recorder is a half-rack-size disc recorder which supports triple- and quad-layer discs, enabling a recording duration of more than three hours even in Full-HD format. Have you ever considered editing Sony PDW-HD1550 recordings in NLEs like Final Cut Pro, iMovie and FCE(Final Cut Express), Avid Media Composer, and Adobe Premiere Pro, etc. before uploading or sharing? This article will discuss how to import Sony PDW-HD1550 video files to Avid/Davinci Resolve for editing.

In addition to MPEG HD422, this recorder supports XAVC Intra HD record/playback, as well as MPEG IMX and DVCAM formats in the SD domain. Users may choose XAVC as defaulted recording formats owning to it high compression rate. Meanwhile, Sony supplies some plug-ins for XAVC users to work with NLEs like Avid Media Composer, Danici Resolve. However, if for some reason these plug-ins don’t work for you or you dislike using it, you will can convert the PDW-HD1550 XAVC files to Avid/Davinci Resolve friendly formats with a powerful third party program named aPubsoft HD Video Converter for Mac. This program is specially developed for supporting XAVC footages including XAVC-I, XAVC-S and XAVC-L to Avid, Davinci Resolve, FCP X, iMovie/FCE, Premiere for editing without quality loss. Besides XAVC video format, it also can handle other media files such as AVCHD(MTS, M2TS), MXF, MOV, MP4, AVI, MKV, VOB and so on.

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Convert Sony PDW-HD1550 XAVC 4K videos to DNxHD for Avid/Davnici Resolve

Step 1. Install and run the professional Sony XAVC Converter on Mac. Click “Add File” button to add your Sony PDW-HD1550 XAVC 4K video files to the converter.

Sony XAVC Converter

Step 2. Click the “Profile” option and navigate the mouse cursor to choose “Avid Media Composer -> Avid DNxHD 1080p (*.mov)” as output format. The DNxhd is the native codec for Avid and Davinci Resolve editing.

Convert Sony PDW-HD1550 to DNxHD MOV

Tip: If needs, you can go to “Settings” panel to adjust the video and audio parameters including the Bitrate of Video & Audio, Video Size, Sample Rate, Frame Rate, Audio Channels, etc. before converting.

Step 3. After all settings, click “Convert” button to convert Sony PDW-HD1550 XAVC 4K videos to DNxHD MOV for Avid/Davinci Resolve.

When the Sony PDW-HD1550 XAVC to DNxHD conversion completed, you can find the output DNxHD .mov files by clicking “Open Folder” button on the main interface. Then you can import the converted Sony PDW-HD1550 XAVC 4K videos to Avid Media Composer or Davinci Resolve for smooth playing and editing.