Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Canon intros PowerShot G16, S120, SX170 IS, SX510 HS point-and-shoot cameras

Canon's got a handful of incremental updates to detail, including a selection of PowerShot point-and-shoots. Now it announced the release of four new PowerShot cameras: the PowerShot G16, PowerShot S120, PowerShot SX510 HS and PowerShot SX170 IS.

Overall, The G16 is the priciest of the bunch, ringing in at $550. This model, which is set to ship in October, replaces last year's G15, and includes a 12.1-megapixel CMOS sensor, DIGIC 6 processor, 5x 28-140mm f/1.8-2.8 optical zoom lens and 1080/60p video capture. Next up is the S120, retailing for $450, also in October. This pocketable S110 replacement includes a 12.1-megapixel CMOS sensor, DIGIC 6 processor, 5x 24-120mm f/1.8-5.7 optical zoom lens and 1080/60p video capture. The SX510 HS is the cheapest of this premium bunch, with a $250 MSRP. This superzoom, expected in September, packs a 12.1-megapixel CMOS sensor, DIGIC 4 processor, a 30x 24-720mm f/3.4-5.8 optical zoom lens and 1080p video.

These cameras feature advanced DIGIC imaging technology and the ability to achieve faster autofocusing speeds than previous PowerShots. The G16 and S120 also feature the new Star mode to capture the brilliance of a starry night sky, while the new Background Defocus mode allows users to soften the background of their images.

For the connected photographer, the PowerShot G16, S120 and SX510 HS digital cameras come with built-in WiFi that allows for outstanding quality images and video files to be wirelessly transferred from the camera to social networking sites through CANON iMAGE GATEWAY, to a PC, or on their compatible iOS or Android device through the free Canon CameraWindow app. All initial setup can be accomplished from a smart device or computer, allowing for easy photo sharing on-the-go.

The PowerShot G16 is the first PowerShot in the G-series that comes equipped with built-in WiFi, the G16 has the ability to share images and video to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr and email. The PowerShot G16 features a 28-140mm wide-angle lens with an aperture range of f/1.8 – f/2.8. The G16 is equipped with Canon’s HS System, which combines a DIGIC 6 image processor and a 12.1-megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS image sensor for enhanced image quality. The PowerShot G16 also features improved AF times and reduced shooting lag over previous G-series models. The G16 has continuous shooting speeds of 9.3 frames-per-second. The G16 also captures 1080p Full HD video, and includes built-in stereo microphone and HDMI output.

In addition, the camera’s creative handheld HDR Scene mode automatically combines multiple shots of a scene to help create an image with a greater dynamic range without the necessity for a tripod. The G16 also features dials and controls similar to those on Canon’s EOS DSLRs. It’s also compatible with Canon Speedlite flashes and other accessories.

The PowerShot G16 is scheduled to be available in October for $549.99.

The PowerShot S120 features a 24-120mm extra-wide angle lens with an aperture range of f/1.8-f/5.7. It’s equipped with Canon’s HS System and allows for continuous capture of up to 12.1 frames per second at 12.1-megapixels. The S120 also records 1080p Full HD video and includes built-in stereo microphone and HDMI outputs.

The PowerShot S120 is scheduled to be available in October for $449.99.

The PowerShot SX510 HS camera has a 30X optical zoom 24mm wide-angle lens, intelligent IS technology, a 12.1 megapixel CMos sensor and Canon DIGIC 4 Image Processor. The SX510 also records 1080p Full HD video and built-in WiFi. The camera’s Zoom Framing Assist automatically maintains the correct distance from a subject using face recognition.

The PowerShot SX510 HS is scheduled to be available in September for $249.99.

The PowerShot SX170 has 16x optical zoom with a 28mm wide-angle lens and Optical Image Stabilization. The SX170S also features high-speed AF, an intelligent IS system, a DIGIC 4 Image Processor and a 16-megapixel sensor and 720p video. The PowerShot SX170 IS also has a 3-inch LCD screen and an ergonomic bod.

The PowerShot SX170 IS is scheduled to be available in September for $179.99.

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Source: Canon

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Encode/Render Canon T3i .mov files to Prores 422 for Final Cut Pro 7

Q1: Ok I'm really interested in buying the Canon T3i beacuse it has great video quality and its fairly cheap....I'm a newbie to FCP and shoot videos with a Canon Rebel T3i. Obviously, I can copy the .mov files from the SD card to my Mac and edit in Final Cut Pro 7, but it's a bear (slow rendering time and whatnot) and I'm never impressed with the video quality output once I'm done rendering. The files are 1280x720 format, 60 fps. How to import without rending? Any compressor to convert my files to a more FCP-friendly file?

Q2: Canon T3i is perfect and I'd rent one for a wedding, and I am stuck with working with Final Cut Pro 7. Cause as it stands now any time i go to Log and Transfer and try to import files i get messages like FCP doesn't recognize format or something like that. What I'm wondering is their a program out there that can convert the video files of a T3i to a file format that can be read in Final Cut Pro 7.

The Canon EOS Rebel T3i/600D is new of the remarkable digital SDL cameras. And reading previus discussions, we learn that many folks are eager to find a best Canon T3i video converter to get the T3i camera recognized in FCP 7.
At first you should know that Canon T3i records its movies as .MOV files using variable bitrate H.264 compression, which is much more conservative of memory card space, but not fit for editing in FCP 7. To help you to get Canon T3i mov files editable in Final Cut Pro 7, Pavtube Canon MOV Converter for Mac is the first choice for you to make smooth videos for editing in FCP 7. It makes it easy to convert Canon T3i MOV footage to ProRes 422 for FCP.

Encode/Render Canon T3i H.264 mov video to Apple ProRes 422 Codec for FCP 7

In order to process Canon T3i MOV footage fast and seamless in Final Cut Pro, it requires that the H.264 .mov videos to be transcoded into Apple ProRes codec, which is the best intermediate codec developed specifically for seamless Final Cut workflow.

Step 1. Load H.264 .mov footage to Canon H.264 MOV Converter.

Transfer h.264 encoded .mov files from Canon T3i camera to your Mac HDD via USB cable. Run Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac as the best Canon MOV to FCP Converter, and click the "Add" button to load .mov footage.

Step 2. Set a FCP friendly codec (e.g. Apple ProRes 422) as export format.

Click on "Format" bar and set a FCP friendly codec in dropdown-list. You are advised to follow "Final Cut Pro" template and choose "Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)" as export format.


1. H.264 codec has a much higher compression ratio than Apple ProRes, so the ingested files are significantly larger than the original files.

2. If you prefer smaller file size, choose "Apple ProRes 422 (LT) (*.mov)" instead.

3. The "Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy) (*.mov)" format offers file size at SD levels and is recommended for 480i/p and 576i/p shootings.

Step 3. Set possible best quality for FCP 7 editing.

Click the "Settings" button and customize proper video/ audio parameters if necessary. Video size, bitrate and fame rate are flexible and can be adjusted as you like.

E.g. Set video size to 1920*1080 when you feel like to keep 1080p as the source file features. Or set "original" in video bitrate drop-down list to keep best quality. You may skip this step as well as default format works well with FCP too.

Step 4. Start the process to convert Canon T3i mov files to ProRes 422 for FCP by clicking the big "Convert" button.

  • Before you try to do the conversion, if you are also a FCP X user, please make sure that you have installed the Apple ProRes Codec manually since the FCP X asks users to install it by themselves.

Once the conversion is finished, you can click "Open" button to get the output files effortlessly.
Now you have got it right, feel free to import and edit Canon T3i mov files to Final Cut Pro 7.

Additional editing features of the Pavtube Canon MOV to ProRes Converter:

1. Combine files together- check the files to be merged in file list and check 'Merge into one' box beside 'Settings' button.

2. Deinterlace- click 'Editor', switch to 'Effect' tab, find 'Deinterlacing' box, and check it to eliminate interlacing lines.

3. Thumbnail- click 'Snapshoot' button when previewing the video. Click 'Option' to set the image format of screenshots.

4. Trim a section of the movie- click 'Editor', switch to 'Trim' tab, and input time point in start and end box.

The Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac supports a more variety of DSLR cameras than you expect – including Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EOS-1D Mark IV, EOS 5D Mark II, EOS 7D, EOS 60D, Rebel T4i, Rebel T2i, Rebel T5i and Nikon DSLR cams. Pavtube Video Converter reads standalone .mov files from Canon memory card. You don't need the full card structure, just pick up what you want to keep.

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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Transfer Sony PMW-320 XDCAM MXF Content to FCP X or FCP 6/7

Follow this article, you will get the best solution to convert XDCAM MXF to FCP friendly Prores 422 codec, then you can easily solve Sony PMW-320 HD422 MXF editing problems with Final Cut Pro X and FCP 6/7 on Mac.

Sony is pleased to announce the introduction of the new PMW-320 XDCAM EX Camcorder. This new ½” shoulder mount camcorder joins the award-winning XDCAM EX product family of professional Solid State Recording acquisition tools. This new camcorder inherits all of the advanced creative recording features of the successful PMW-EX1, PMW-EX1R, PMW-EX3 and the PMW-350 camcorders, and also offers several enhancements such as improved low light capability as well as SD recording as a standard feature.

Similar to the PMW-350, the PMW-320 supports multiple frame rate recording such as 59.94i, 50i, and native 23.98P and 25P as well as being 1080i/720P switchable. Sony PMW-320 XDCAM camcorders' video format is MXF, using MXF footage on Mac is a big problem.

As XDCAM MXF format is not compatible with FCP X or FCP 6/7, if you want to edit Sony PMW-320 XDCAM MXF in Final Cut Pro, you'll need to download and install the Sony XDCAM Transfer Software. While, if you haven’t install these XDCAM import Plug-in for Final Cut Pro correctly, it’s still hard task to transfer Sony XDCAM media to FCP X or FCP 6/7.

Well, here is an easier way, that is, to convert Sony PMW-320 MXF video to FCP native ProRes 422 codec. To accomplish this goal, you just need a XDCAM to FCP Converter for Mac to help you. It can fast convert Sony PMW-320, PDM700, PDM-F800, PMW-100, PWM-200 camcorder XDCAM MXF to Apple Prores .MOV for editing in FCP X or FCP 6/7 without quality loss. It is an easy-to-use while high-efficient.
  • For users who need to deal with multi-track XDCAM MXF file, refer to the guide here.
Free download and install it, and this guide will tell you how to solve Sony PMW-320 HD422 MXF editing problems with Final Cut Pro X and FCP 6/7 on Mac step by step.

1. Install and launch this XDCAM to ProRes Converter. Import Sony PMW-320 XDCAM MXF footages to the converter

3.Click Format bar to choose the output format. Click and choose Final Cut Pro -> Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov).

4.You can click "settings" to customize the output parameters, adjust the resolution, bitrate as you want.

5.Start convert Sony PMW-320 XDCAM to ProRes for FCP editing on Mac.

Click the "Convert" button to start conversion. The conversion processes will transcode Sony PMW-320 XDCAM MXF to ProRes MOV videos to be compatible with FCP X or FCP 6/7 editing.

After conversion, you can import video files and projects into Final Cut Pro without any trouble. Congratulations! You have successfully taken the first step to make your own masterpiece.

With this Sony XDCAM to ProRes Converter, you can easily change Sony PMW-320 XDCAM MXF files to FCP X or FCP 6/7 for editing, this software runs fast, so you can convert your XDCAM footages to FCP in less time, video and audio synchronization are perfectly guaranteed.

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Converting Canon XA25 MTS recordings to Apple FCP and Aperture 3

Summary: In this tutorial, we intend to elaborate how to enable Apple Final Cut Pro and Aperture 3 to work with AVCHD MTS clips taken by Canon XA25.                                               

The XA25 is a compact, high-performance Professional camcorder designed specifically for "run-and-gun," ENG-style shoots with enhanced I/O connectivity. The XA25 offers a unique combination of high-precision optics, outstanding image processing, multiple Recording formats, flexible connectivity and intuitive User features.

The camcorder features both MP4 (up to 35 Mbps) and AVCHD (up to 28 Mbps) codecs at up to 1080/60p Resolution for virtually blur-free, high-quality capture of fast-moving subjects. Dual-band, built-in Wi-Fi technology allows easy FTP File transfer and Upload to the internet.

I have a ton of footage a client brought in that was shot on a Canon XA25 HD camcorder. They are .MTS files. I don't see any timecode on them. I need to get them into FCP and Aperture 3 to edit with. But FCP/Aperture 3 does not see this kind of format and will not import. Anyone have an efficient workflow for this?

Why would you meet the trouble? Because FCP, including FCP 6/7 and FCP X, and Aperture 3 cannot support the native AVCHD footages from Canon XA25. In order to transfer MTS files from the XA25 to FCP and Aperture 3, you need to transcode the MTS to ProRes 422, FCP and Aperture 3 compatible video format. 

Luckily, we found an app called Pavtube MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac, which is a versatile and professional AVCHD to FCP Converter, tired it and succeeded. 

Overall, it is not only the best MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac which can aid you to convert Canon XA25 AVCHD to ProRes 422 for FCP and Aperture, but also designed for fast transcoding, deinterlacing AVCHD MTS footage from Canon, Panasonic, JVC, and Sony full HD AVCHD camcorder/cameras that makes the MTS editing work much easier with Non-Linear Editing Systems on Mac.  

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Easy Guide on Converting Canon XA25 MTS recordings to FCP and Aperture 3

1. Download Pavtube AVCHD to Prores Converter for Mac, it's an professional AVCHD converter on Mac which can convert Canon XA25 AVCHD files to different formats.

2. Install and launch this AVCHD Converter for Mac. Import the 1080p .mts footages from Canon XA25 to the converter.

3. Click "Format" bar to choose output format, you can click and choose Final Cut Pro -> Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov) as the best codec for editing in Apple Final Cut Pro and Aperture 3.

4. If you want to customize the output parameters, you can click settings button. Adjust the resolution and others as you need.

5. Click convert button to start the Canon XA25 AVCHD to ProRes 422 MOV conversion.

With Pavtube MTS/M2TS converter for Mac, you can easily convert Canon XA25 AVCHD files to Apple Final Cut Pro and Aperture 3 for editing with Prores 422 codec MOV format.

After converting, you can import videos to Final Cut and Aperture 3 for editing as you want.
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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Import Panasonic AG-HPX170/HPX171 P2 MXF files to FCP and Burn FCP projects to DVD on Mac

Summary: Follow this post to know how to import Panasonic AG-HPX170/HPX171 P2 MXF to FCP for editing and burn FCP projects to DVD on Mac, hope it can solve you P2 mxf to FCP problem and dvd burning solution.

Every time that there is a need to hire a better camera it seems that everyone is hiring the Panasonic HVX200 and not the Sony EX1. So I have not had a chance to see how the HVX200's 4:2:2 with 720p helps with my Blue or Green Screen filming. I know that the EX1 produces a cleaner and better picture than the the Panasonic – or so I am told – but the colour decimation is 4:2:0, hmmm. But here is the Panasonic HPX170/171 that also has a much better picture but with 4:2:2 colour decimation. So this will be my best choice.

However, there cames another problem- How to import Panasonic AG-HPX170/HPX171 P2 MXF footages into FCP for editing smoothly on Mac?

The thing is, FCP does not work perfectly with the Panasonic P2 MXF codec. As far as I know, to solve the P2 MXF importing problems, the most important piece of the equation is that transcoding Panasonic P2 Card MXF files to a FCP's supported video format, like Apple ProRes (422).

If you looking for a solution for this problem likewise, check out Pavtube MXF Converter for Mac which is entitled as a top P2 MXF Converter. It supports encoding Panasonic P2 and Canon MXF files and Sony XDCAM MXF to FCP native format so that you can easily import the Panasonic AG-HPX170/HPX171 P2 MXF recordings to FCP for editing on Mac.

So follow the quick tutorial below to transcode Panasonic AG-HPX170/HPX171 P2 MXF to FCP compatible format and then edit in FCP or burn to DVD on Mac.

Part 1: How to import Panasonic AG-HPX170/HPX171 P2 MXF files to FCP? 

  • For FCP X users, pls make sure you have installed ProApps QuickTime Codecs, or you may get files only without video. You can download it from here:

1. Free download Pavtube MXF Converter for Mac trial version, install and launch it.


2. Click "Add video" or "Add from folder" icon to load Panasonic AG-HPX170/HPX171 MXF files into Pavtube application.

3. Select Final Cut Pro friendly output format.

Apple ProRes 422 is considered as the best format for FCP, so you are recommended to choose "Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov) as target format from "Format" > "Final Cut Pro".

4. Start Panasonic AG-HPX170/HPX171 P2 MXF to Apple ProRes 422 conversion.

Click the big "Convert" button to start encoding Panasonic AG-HPX170/HPX171 P2 MXF to Apple ProRes 422 MOV for Final Cut Pro.

When completes, locate the converted MOV files from target file path by clicking "Open" icon.

Now, open up Final Cut Pro, choose File > Import > Files…to select and load the generated ProRes 422 MOV files to FCP for editing use.

Part 2: Burn FCP projects to DVD on Mac

Pavtube DVD Creator for Mac adds support for MXF files burning, it can burn single file or folder structure videos, you can burn MXF/FCP projects to DVD disc in few steps, just follow it:

1. Install DVD Creator for Mac, connect your DVD Writer and insert a blank DVD. Add your videos into the DVD Creator for Mac

2. Edit movie clip and Customize your DVD menu. You can edit your videos with trim, crop, watermark, effect settings, audio replacing settings features.

3. Preview Created DVD-Video and click burn button to start burning.

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Monday, August 19, 2013

Best Way to convert Canon HF G30 AVCHD footage to Premiere Pro CS6 and After Effects CS6

Summary: With following this guide, you can smoothly import and edit Canon HF G30 50p/60p AVCHD footage in Premiere Pro CS6 and After Effects CS6 by transcoding Canon 50p/60p .mts to Premiere/AE CS6 most compatible MPEG-2 video.

The new Legria HF G30 (also known as the Vixia HF G30 in the US) from Canon has the same imaging system, but without the XLRs and is aimed at enthusiast videographers, such as hobbyists or film students. Their HD video system has been completely redesigned – from the lens through to the image sensor and processor – to improve imaging performance. There are various advanced shooting features and connectivity options to suit different types of applications, from news and documentaries to weddings.

This camera is awesome, I've had it almost a month now and was able to put it through it's paces on a Disney cruise to Alaska. It was amazing with great control in manual mode with auto exposure and worry free shooting in auto mode where all my settings were taken care of.

But now I have a question. I'm working on a documentary project using a Canon HF G30; I had problems working with AVCHD Progressive files genereted by HF G30 and I was very worried because both Premiere Pro CS6 and After Effects CS6 didn't support the 1080 50p/60p .mts files. To make this kind of file compatbile, I tried to convert the Canon HF30 AVCHD footage with various programs but the results was no more an HD progressive file.

Then I tried this amazing program, Pavtube MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac , and I'm very happy of the converted files: no loss of quality, the same high resolution, same colors and defitition.It works fast and with an incredible quality; I tried to compare the original files with the converted one and I could not find differences, I even analysed the two files with professional instrumens and compared the flow on a professional monitor, this program it's simply great! Now I have successfully converted Canon HF G30 50p/60p MTS footage to editable formats not only for  Premiere Pro CS6 and After Effects CS6 editing, the converted files work perfectly with these pofessional editing programs!!! Just follow the step-by-step guide I shared below to get the work done smoothly.

Convert Canon HF G30 50p/60p
.mts to Premiere Pro CS 6 and After Effects CS6 editable format

Step 1: Copy Canon HF G30 50p/60p .mts media on to the Storage Drive in a folder.

Step 2: Launch the best Canon AVCHD Converter for Mac. Click the "Add" button for adding to import the 50p/60p mts files from Canon HF G30 to the best Mac G30 MTS/M2TS Converter.


Step 3: Click on the dropdown menu of "Format", and then move your pointer to Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas> MPEG-2 (*.mpg) which is the perfect video format for you to transfer MTS to Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 and After Effects CS6.

Then you can set the output folder by clicking "Browse" icon as you prefer.

Step 4: Click "Settings" icon to adjust audio and video parameter. You can change the default codec, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channel according to your needs and optimize the output file quality.

Note: To get original(best) video quality, you can keep original video size and bitrate.

Step 5: Click the "Convert" button and it will losslessly convert Canon HF G30 AVCHD 50p/60p mts files to MPEG-2 for editing in Premiere Pro CS6 and After Effects CS6 immediately.

Step 6: Once the Mac MTS to Premiere and AE CS6 conversion is done, you will be able to get the output files for Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 and After Effects CS6 via clicking on "Open" button effortlessly.

Now you can easily and correctly import the converted video in Premiere Pro CS6 and After Effects CS6 for editing keeping high quality.

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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Enable Sony PMW-200 XDCAM MXF to work with Final Cut Pro

Summary: From this article, you can learn the best way to import Sony PMW-200 XDCAM MXF footage into Final Cut Pro on Mac by transcoding Sony XDCAM HD422 MXF to Prores for FCP.

The PMW-200 is Sony's successor to the hugely popular PMW-EX1 Camcorder. It is the first handheld camera in its class to be equipped with 3 x 1/2-inch Exmor CMOS sensors for excellent sensitivity and enhanced depth of field characteristics. Sony PMW-200 can record in Full HD 4:2:2 at 50 Mb/s, delivering exceptional performance, operational versatility and workflow efficiency. Its high-quality MPEG HD422 50 Mbps recording is fully compliant with the latest EBU commendations for long-form broadcast production and is widely accepted in broadcasting stations and production houses.

After making some 50 Mbps MPEG HD422 recordings from Sony PMW-200, you may find the MXF files are not support by Final Cut Pro on Mac natively. To solve the importing problem with Sony PMW-200 MXF and FCP workflow. Of course, you can choose to get a XDCAM Transfer. While, things can be different if you get some help from third-party software.

Now come and meet this Pavtube Sony XDCAM MXF Converter, which is capable of converting Sony PMW-200 MXF footage to Prores encoded mov files for that's the most compatible format for FCP. 

How to convert Sony PMW-200 1080 50i MXF to Final Cut Pro on Mac

Step 1. Connect your Sony PMW-200 to mac and keep it on, or use a card reader to transfer your footage to mac. Get this MXF Converter for Mac installed, click top left two icons to load individual videos or the entire folder correspondingly.

Step 2. Choose best format for editing in Final Cut Pro.

Click the drop-down list besides Format, choose Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov) as the most compatible format as well as best video quality for FCP.

Step 3. Adjust output video settings including video size, codec, bitrate, frame rate by clicking Settings, all according to your needs.

Step 4. Click the big red circle to start conversion. Wait for a while, you can get the fresh hot converted video which is compatible with Final Cut Pro.


Pavtube MXF Converter for Mac support outputting the original one audio track separately; if you want to retain and combine all the audio tracks, the Pavtube iMixMXF is highly recommended.

Pavtube iMixMXF integrates all features of Pavtube MXF Converter for Mac and multi-track preserving and mixing features. Other than the unique multi-track preserving feature, you can also Mix the multi tracks into one track for broadcasting. And this makes the iMixMXF as a wonderful MXF Audio Mixer. And this feature enables you to mix the audios of interviewer, interviewee, surroundings, or editors'/directors' comments into one.

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Why can't I open Sony PMW-200 XDCAM MXF files in iMovie on Mac?

Summary: Follow this article below, you will learn how to use Sony XDCAM Converter to convert Sony PMW-200 XDCAM MXF video to iMovie for editing with best optimized codec. 

Hi, I filmed using Sony PMW-200 camcorder and want to edit in iMovie. Somehow iMovie could not recognize my MXF footage. How can I solve this? Any reliable workflow recommended?

Designed to meet the needs of broadcast productions, Sony PMW-200 records on to solid state media using 50 Mbit/s 4:2:2 XDCAM HD, also record using the same 35 Mbit/s 4:2:0 codec as the original EX cameras as well as standard definition DV. 

As the PMW-200 records MPEG HD422 codec MXF format, you will meet the incompatiblity problem when importing Sony PMW-200 MXF into iMovie as above. So how to get Sony PMW-200 XDCAM MXF files be editable in iMovie with the lossless quality?

It is easy--- a quicker and easier way is to convert Sony PMW-200 XDCAM MXF to iMovie compatible AIC MOV format. Thus, the third party component is vital in achieving your goal. 

The best tool for you is the Pavtube MXF Converter for Mac, the powerful Sony XDCAM MXF Converter for Mac. It can convert all the .mxf files, no matter where and how you get them, to ProRes, AIC or DNxHD with the original quality. 

Here listed the three-step guide on how to transcode Sony PMW-200 MXF files to AIC for iMovie.

Step 1: Install Pavtube XDCAM Converter for Mac. Click "add video" button to import the mxf files from Sony PMW-200, click "add from folder" button to add MXF folder, or you can also directly drag and drog mxf clips to the program.

Step 2: Click on the "Format" and get the dropdown menu, then move you pointer to "iMovie and Final Cut Express -> Apple Intermediate Codec (*.mov)" to choose it as best codec and format for iMovie editing.

Step 3: You can customize the output settings as you want, such as resolution, bitrate, frame rate and video/audio codecs.

Step 4: Start to convert Sony PMW-200 XDCAM MXF files to iMovie.

Click the "Convert" button, the MXF to AIC Converter for Mac will start to transcode Sony PMW-200 XDCAM HD422 MXF to AIC .mov for iMovie.

After the XDCAM MXF to AIC conversion, you can easily add the Sony PMW-200 MXF files to iMovie and edit them by clicking on "import" button. And now, you can get rid of the worries about the incompatibility problem of Sony PMW-200 MXF and iMovie.

If your MXF files have 2 audio tracks or more, here is a new program specially designed for multi-track preserving and mixing features, named iMixMXF. Featured formats include: MOV/MP4/MPG/WMV/FLV/MKV and more.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Canon XA20 MTS/MP4 importing workflow in Sony Vegas, Avid, Premiere, Pinnacle, Cyberlink and Windows Movie Maker

Summary: To edit Canon XA20 mts/mp4 files smoothly on your editing software including Sony Vegas, Avid, Premiere, Pinnacle, Cyberlink, Windows Movie Maker, you need to transcode mts/mp4 to AVI/MOV/WMV/MPEG-2 for Windows editing software at first. And this article will show you how.

Canon XA20 is one of the new announced Ultra-Compact Professional Camcorder which cover the needs of the professional that need compact cameras with pro feature sets.

First off, Canon heard the cries for 1080/60p from the masses and it looks like they're finding ways to please the end-users. With 1080/60p & 1080/24p in both AVCHD (28mbps) & MP4 (35mbps) codecs, everyone is covered. Plus, the 20x Optical HD Video Zoom Lens with 8-Blade Circular Aperture mounted to the 2.91 Megapixel HD CMOS Image Sensor will help make anyone's day brighter. Second, Canon has added WiFi to the cameras to enable file transfers on the go, making them perfect tools for ENG & EFP applications.

Since AVCHD/MP4 is quite complicated codec and format, currently there are not much software being able to support the AVCHD and mp4 video. Actually, you can't directly import Canon XA20 mts/mp4 footage into Windows editing software like Sony Vegas, Avid, Premiere, Pinnacle, Cyberlink, Windows Movie Maker, etc. That's why so many users asking if there are any easy solutions that can help them edit XA20 mts/mp4 files on Windows Editors.

To make Canon XA20 mp4/mts video workable with  Sony Vegas, Avid, Premiere, Pinnacle, Cyberlink and Windows Movie Maker , you only need to convert XA20 MTS/MP4 video files to AVI/WMV/MPEG-2, the most suitable video format for editing on Windows PC.

Now go to find Pavtube HD Video Converter for Windows.Lots of users are impressed by this converter since it is powerful enough to convert camcorder videos to multiple video formats for iOS/Android/Windows Tablets & Phones and HD Media Players as well as video editing software including Adobe Premiere, Sony Vegas, Avid Media Composer, and more. And you can enjoy the powerful edit function, like trim, crop, watermark for text, image and video, 3D effect, subtitles and so on.

The following guide will show you how to transcode/convert Canon XA20 MTS/MP4 files to AVI/MOV/WMV/MPEG-2 for Sony Vegas, Avid, Premiere, Pinnacle, Cyberlink, Windows Movie Maker.

Download it and follow below steps.

Step 1. Load Canon XA20 MTS/MP4 files.

You can choose "add video" directly or "load files" to add the whole folder.

Step 2. Select output format for video editing software.

Click "Format" menu you will find various video formats listed by different devices. Just choose a compatible video format for your editing software. Choosing the editing software option directly will help you to take less time to find a more preferable video format.

Step 3. Edit loaded Canon XA20 MTS/MP4 video files.

Click "Edit" button and you are allowed to trim, crop, add text/image/video watermark or some effect to your output video for making it perfect. Here the function of adding subtitles to output files will contribute to make your own videos. You can use free software Subtitle Edit to edit your subtitle content then add it to output videos.

Tips: Click "Settings" on the interface and you can adjust the parameters including size, bitrate, frame rate, etc. to get a high quality of output files. And keep the settings the same as original video recordings will provide you the least loss of video quality.

Step 4. Start conversion.

Click the "Convert" button to start conversion. When it completed, click the "Open" button to get the generated videos for your editing software.

More features about it:

1. Rip and convert Blu-ray and DVD including 1:1 backup Blu-ray/DVD movies to PC hard device for future needs.

2. Directly Copy feature will save 100% intact .M2TS main movie from original BD disc.

It is an integration of Blu-ray Ripper, DVD Ripper and Video Converter and it will meet almost all your requirements about converting videos. Good news for you that Pavtube 2013 Summer Holiday Sale Round 2 is coming and 20% discount is provided to Video Converter Ultimate and iMedia Converter for Mac during sale time. Catch the chance to try it now.

Now get ready for importing and editing Canon XA20 MTS/MP4 videos in Sony Vegas, Avid, Premiere, Pinnacle, Cyberlink and Windows Movie Maker. Enjoy your editing workflow!

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Sony RX100 Mark II (M2) Hands-on -Sony's best point-and-shoot camera to date

Last year, Sony's RX100 changed the way many of us think about point-and-shoots. The camera's one-inch sensor enabled brilliant image quality and stellar low-light performance, netting DSLR-like results in a device you can slip in your pocket. It really did change the game when it comes to everyday photography, and I instantly fell in love. What remained to be seen, however, was how Sony would build on the RX100's success by releasing an even more capable model this year. In an unexpected move, the company opted not to retire 2012's blockbuster, and kept pricing exactly where it's always been, at $650. The RX100 Mark II, meanwhile, was marketed as a modest step up -- an even more well-rounded package, for 100 bucks more.

When my Mark II sample arrived, I did what any jaded New Yorker would after a half-dozen years of shooting sample photos in Manhattan: I booked a flight to somewhere else. United's last-minute weekend specials made Chicago the best bet, and off I went for a weekend of perfect weather, approachable restaurants and sidewalks that weren't so crowded that I had to walk in the street. It's like New York -- if you take away a million tourists and pepper in smiling Midwesterners and affordable adult beverages.

Key Features:

  • 1"-type Exmor-R BSI-CMOS sensor (13.2 x 8.8mm, 3:2 aspect ratio) 
  • 20.2 million effective pixels 
  • 28-100mm (equiv), f/1.8-4.9 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens 
  • Steady-Shot image stabilization 
  • ISO 160-12,800 (Down to ISO 100 and to 25,600 expanded) 
  • NFC-mediated Wi-Fi allowing file transfer and control from smartphones 
  • Rear control dial and customizable front control ring 
  • 10fps continuous shooting in 'Speed Priority' mode 
  • Tiltable 3" 1.2M-dot 'WhiteMagic' LCD screen 
  • 13 Picture Effects (27 with variations) 
  • Memory Recall feature can store up to three groups of custom settings 
  • 1080p60 video, (AVCHD) with MP4 option (50p in PAL regions) 
  • Built-in stereo microphones 
  • 330-shot battery life (CIPA)  
The final notable physical adjustment is the new Multi Interface Shoe. It looks like a typical hot shoe that you'd find on any ol' DSLR, but this version adds a multi-pin connector for interfacing with accessories like an OLED EVF or a microphone rig -- neither of which I needed to try out on a brief vacation. Some photographers clearly prefer shooting with an EVF, but the tilting LCD suited me just fine, even with the bright summer sun hitting the camera from above.

The pictures, as expected, look great. The camera did a fine job of exposing, and colors and white balance were spot on. Everything I loved about the previous RX100 is present here, too, so you can absolutely expect a top-shelf experience through and through. The one notable setback is the price. It'll run you $750, which admittedly is a bit more than we'd like to pay for a point-and-shoot, regardless of its performance. But when you start looking at this strictly as an ILC replacement, that sky-high price tag begins to make a bit more sense. Cheap it's not, but if you want the absolute best, consider this your only option.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Convert NXCAM to H.264- Transfer Sony NXCAM AVCHD video for playback and sharing

AVCHD from Sony NXCAM is not really a friendly format for playing/sharing and usually we go from Sony NXCAM to H.264 converting and this article will provide the detailed info.

For the past few days, I've been evaluating a prototype of Sony's first NXCAM camera family member. This first NXCAM model has a striking resemblance to a Sony Z5, which is an HDV tape-based camcorder with optional chip recording. Announced on November 18th, Sony's new NXCAM family brand offers class-leading, professional performance for AVCHD technology.

Sony NXCAM records stunning quality 1920 x 1080 images at 24Mbps (50i or 25p), and operational flexibility is maximised by AVCHD recording onto affordable and readily available consumer memory cards. Now I have a client who is a NXCAM user, he passed to me a bunch of .mts files came from his NXCAM with no camera info. He want to get some suggestion for playing and sharing NXCAM AVCHD video on Mac.

Then I recommend him to look for a converter that can convert NXCAM MTS files to H.264, thus, after enjoying the video on Mac, he can also transfer the H.264 files to media players or video devices for playback or sharing. He tries some converter from the web, but only received an error message while converting NXCam video to h.264. Didn't get to write it down because the app crashed. And then want me to give him some hope.

In that case, I will share my easy solution here. Since H.264 is fully supported by most media players and video uploading website, first you need to transcode NXCAM AVCHD MTS to H.264 with the top NXCAM AVCHD Converter for Mac from Pavtube.

For background, the app from Pavtube worked the first time we tried it but not this time. It works perfectly in converting NXCAM AVCHD video to H.264 codec. Not only is it extremely easy to use but it's also often faster than any other Compressor. What's more, it can convert NXCAM mts videos to other common target readable format in which you want the video to be played. Then it has quickly become my absolute favorite way of converting my Sony NXCAM footage. Well, below is a step-by-step guide for you.

Guide to convert Sony NXCAM AVCHD videos to H.264 for playback and sharing

1. Install and run the best Mac NXCAM to H.264 Converter. Transfer Sony NXCam video to hard drive, and then click "Add video" or "Add from folder" to add the avchd files you need into the program.

2. Click Format column and choose the output format, you can choose "H.264 Video (*.mp4) from "Common Video" for output. This is the perfect format for playing on Tablets/Smartphones and sharing on website.

3: Click settings button to adjust the output video’s parameters, such as bitrate, resolution, etc.

4. You can edit the Sony NXCam videos in this program before converting to other formats on Mac OS. Trim, crop, add watermark or adjust effect as you want.

5. Start converting Sony NXCAM AVCHD video to H.264 MP4 for Mac.

In this way, you can use Sony NXCAM recorded MTS footages to playback or sharing. Please take a try now, hope it will do a great favor for you.

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Importing/editing Canon 5D Mark III H.264 mov files in FCP X on Mac

Summary: From this article, you can know the best codec for importing Canon 5D Mark III mov clips to Final Cut Pro X editing on Mac, and only transcode Canon MOV to ProRes 422 or ProRes 422 HQ with Canon H.264 MOV Converter.

The Canon 5d Mark III that everyone has been waiting for has been announced. The camera brings a handful of improvements including speed, greater resolution, more processing power, and more options for shooting HD video. The full-frame sensor has been upped to 22.3 Megapixels and shoots up to 6 frames per second with a 61-point AF system. What’s great about the new sensor in this camera is that the pixel pitch is smaller, which allows for better low light performance.

I have really gotten everything I wanted out of my 5D Mk III. Best camera I ever had, it shoots mov files – which pains me is that FCP X could not recognize my mov footage. Did I miss something?

After searching, I find that the reason, that is, Canon 5d Mark III records video in H.264 MOV, it is not supported by FCP X perfectly. To edit Canon 5d Mark III mov video with Final Cut Pro X smoothly, I need to encode Canon mov recordings to FCP X compatible codec - Apple ProRes 422 MOV format on Mac.

Now on the web, I came accross this Pavtube H.264 MOV to ProRes Converter for FCP X. I am impressed by how quickly the converter runs to give me the files from my 5D MK-III that I need for Final Cut Pro X, becides it make it possible to do some little editing some simple editing features. You can follow the steps below to convert 5D Mark III mov footages for editing in FCP X.

Step 1: Free Download the best Canon MOV to FCP Converter. Install and run it on you Mac. It’s excellent Canon MOV video converter which can convert nearly all canon cameras’ videos to any formats you need, such as Apple Prores 422 MOV, Apple InterMediate Codec MOV, QuickTime MOV, etc.

Step 2: Click “Add videos” to load individual videos, or click “Add from folder” to load the whole folder from Canon 5D Mark 3.


If you have multiple MOV files, you can select the “Merge into one file” box to merge the MOV files into one single file so that you can play these files without interruption.

Step 3. Click on the “Format” and get the dropdown menu, then move you pointer to “Final Cut Pro”.

Here we recommend the Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov) or Apple PreRes 422(HQ) (*.mov) for as best video format for editing in FCP X as well as good video quality. Then you can set the output folder by clicking “Browse” icon.

Step 4. Click the “Settings” icon and you will go into a new interface named “Profile Settings”.

You’d better set the video frame rate as 30fps, video size as 1920*1080 to keep the best quality for editing in Final Cut Pro X. If you want to have a smaller file size but keep the good quality, you can change the video size to 1440*1080.

Step 5: Click the “Convert” button; it will convert Canon 5D Mark III H.264 MOV to ProRes 422 for FCP X on Mac immediately.

Tips: Before you try to do the conversion, if you are also a FCP X user, please make sure that you have installed the Apple ProRes Codec manually since the FCP X asks users to install it by themselves.

After the workflow, you can go to the output folder to find the converted video files. Now you are free to import the ProRes 422 MOV to FCP X under Mac without rendering.

This Canon MOV Converter for FCP can help you convert the video format/codec you need quickly, video and audio quality are best guaranteed. You can also follow this article: How to Import Media contents to Final Cut Pro X for editing. 

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Easy Solution to import Panasonic HVX200 MXF to iMovie 8,9,11 on Mac OS X Mavericks

Summary: If you cannot use iMovie 8, iMovie 9, iMovie 11 on Mac OS X Mavericks to edit Panasonic HVX200 MXF file, do not be upset, below article will show you the solution about how to transcode Panasonic HVX200 P2 MXF to iMovie compatible format.

Panasonic AG-HVX200 answers the demands of the professional HDTV photographer with a compact and feature packed acquisition tool. This versatile prosumer High Definition camcorder packs an array of features into a handheld design. For recording video, the HVX200 includes a Mini DV tape mechanism along with two P2 (Professional Plug-in) card slots. The P2 cards allow for true variable frame rates and recording options that Mini DV tape can't offer. These include DVCPRO HD 1080/24p and 720/60p, along with normal interlaced video.

My work with the prototype camera I used over a period of six weeks started with what I know, which is 720p/24p. The P2 card of AG-HVX200 is capable of storing large amounts of video and audio data in MXF-format files. I prefer iMovie for editing with AG-HVX200, but I failed to open the MXF files with iMovie many times. (iMovie 11, Mac Mavericks). I am looking for the easy-to-use and reasonably priced converter to make my MXF files from AG-HVX200 to be readable in iMovie. I have more than 200 MXF files, I need to batch process them. Can anyone help regarding this conversion?

As far as I know, in order to edit Panasonic AG-HVX200 MXF files in iMovie 8,9,11 flawlessly, the best best method is to convert Panasonic MXF to Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) which is a best editing codec for iMovie 8,9,11.

At first, you need 3rd-party tool- Pavtube MXF Converter for Mac

It is a professional MXF to iMovie Converter which can not only convert Panasonic AG-HVX200 recorded MXF files to AIC for iMovie 8,9,11 editing on Mac OS X Mavericks, but also provide simple video editing functions for you. This Mac MXF Converter is especially designed for converting Panasonic P2 MXF, Sony XDCAM MXF, Canon XF MXF files for editing in Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Pro X, Final Cut Express, iMovie, Avid, Adobe Premiere etc. Below is how.

Guide - Encode Panasonic AG-HVX200 MXF to AIC for iMovie 8, 9, 11 editing on Mavericks

Step 1. Import MXF files from Panasonic AG-HVX200 to the top MXF to iMovie Converter for Mac.

(Note: Before conversion, you need to transfer MXF files from your Panasonic AG-HVX200 to Mac Hard Drive, then click the "add" button to browse to import MXF videos. This MXF Converter for Mac support batch conversion)

Step 2. Click the Format bar, and move mouse cursor to "iMovie and Final Cut Express -> Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)", it's the best format for editing in iMovie 8,9,11.

Step 3. Click "Convert" button to start transcoding Panasonic AG-HVX200 MXF files to AIC Codec for iMovie 8,9,11 under Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks.

Some more helpful features of the app:

1. Settings- click to set video resolution(1920×1080/1440×1080/1280×720/720×480), bitrate(from 1Mbps to 20Mbps), frame rate (24p/30p)

2. Editor (next to "Add" icon)- click to set deinterlace, denoise, mute, volume up, trim, crop, etc.

So there you have it. Pretty simple. After the workflow, you can go to the output folder to find the converted video files. Now you are free to start importing/editing Panasonic AG-HVX200 MXF files in iMovie 8,9,11 under Maveircks without problems.

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Sony F55/F5 XAVC 4K videos and Avid Media Composer, Xpress Pro workflow

This article outlines how to ingest Sony F55/F5 XAVC footage to import into Avid Media Composer and Xpress Pro for smooth editing.

The Sony PMW-F55 CineAlta 4K Digital Cinema Camera functions an eight.9MP Super 35mm image sensor, capable of capturing 4K, 2K and HD resolution video within a wide variety of formats by way of the camera's internal recorder. The F55 is amongst the initial digital motion image cameras using a international shutter, which fully eliminates motion skew and also other "rolling" shutter distortions.

XAVC is usually a video format that was introduced by Sony and extensively exist in Sony PMW-F55 and Sony PMW-F5. It may assistance 4K resolution (4096 x 2160 and 3840 x 2160) at as much as 60 frames per second (fps). XAVC supports colour depths of 8-bits, 10-bits, and 12-bits. Chroma subsampling is usually four:two:0, four:two:two, or four:four:four.

Having a lots of clips from my Sony F5 in 4K XAVC file format and want to edit them with Avid Media Composer and Xpress Pro, but often failed. How to resolve it?

Since Avid Media Composer and Xpress Pro (especially some versions) doesn't support the lastest 4K XAVC videos, to solve the incompatible problem, I have to convert Sony F5/F55 4K XAVC video to a native format for editing in Avid Media Composer and Xpress Pro.

By Google search, I find an excellent Mac XAVC Video Converter called Pavtube iMedia Converter for Mac which is specially designed to convert Sony F5/F55 4K XAVC to Avid friendly DNxHD mov format for editing in Avid Media Composer and Xpress Pro at high fast conversion speed and excellent output quality. No matter you are an expert or novice, you could easily use it for its intuitive interface.Just take a look at the brief guide below.

1. Download Pavtube iMedia Converter for Mac, it's an excellent Mac XAVC to Avid Converter. Follow the prompts to install the program. Click "Finish" when the installation is complete, and it will launch automatically.

2. Click "Add Video" to load 4K video files or directly drag the files into file list.

3. Click "Format" bar to determine output format. 

For natively editing in  Avid Media Composer and Xpress Pro, you are recommended to choose Avid Media Composer -> Avid DNxHD (*.mov), this format is best for native editing.

4. If you would like to customize the video and audio parameters, you can click "settings", adjust the parameters as you want, like Video Codec, aspect ratio, bit rate, frame rate, Audio codec, sampling rate, bit rate, channels.


5. Click "Convert" to start.

Pavtube XAVC to Avid converter can help you to convert Sony F5/F55 4K XAVC video to Avid DNxHD MOV for Avid Media Composer and Xpress Pro natively for editing.

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