Got troubled by the problem when importing Sony a7 III XAVC S footage into Adobe Premiere Pro? Here you will find the easy workaround to fix.

About Sony a7 III

The Alpha a7 III Digital Camera from Sony is a well-rounded camera suitable for both photo and video applications in a variety of working situations. Refined for improved speed and low-light performance, the full-frame 24.2MP Exmor R BSI CMOS sensor and BIONZ X image processor pair to realize an impressive 10 fps continuous shooting rate and improved autofocus performance for faster, more reliable subject tracking along with wide frame coverage. This updated Fast Hybrid AF System employs a combination of 693 phase-detection points and 425 contrast-detection areas for quicker acquirement of focus in a variety of lighting conditions, and also maintains focus on subjects more effectively. In addition to speed and AF, the processing improvements also help to realize greater image clarity and reduced noise throughout the sensitivity range from ISO 100-51200, which can further be expanded to ISO 50-204800. Video recording capabilities have also been extended for enhanced quality when recording UHD 4K video with the full width of the full-frame sensor to minimize moiré and aliasing. Additionally, benefitting both stills and video operation, the a7 III utilizes a 5-axis SteadyShot INSIDE sensor-shift image stabilization, which is now effective to minimize the appearance of camera shake by up to 5 stops.

In this article, we will not highlight the features of Sony a7 III, but the Sony a7 III XAVC S to Adobe Premiere Pro workflow. If you have the intention to import and edit Sony a7 III XAVC S in Adobe Premiere Pro, just read on.

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 a7 III XAVC S viewed in Premiere timeline. To make the a7 III 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 UFUSoft Video Converter for Mac, you can achieve your goal effortlessly.

Overall, the program is the best XAVC S converter under Mac OS X(macOS High Sierra, macOS Sierra, El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks included). With it, you can effortlessly transcode Sony a7 III 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 UFUSoft Video Converter. Just get the right version according to your computer’s OS and follow the step-by-step guide below to convert the a7 III XAVC S videos to Adobe Premiere Pro easily.

For Windows 7/8/8.1/10/Vista Users :


For MacOS 10.13 High Sierra, MacOS 10.12 Sierra, Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan, 10.10 Yosemite, 10.9 Mavericks, 10.8 Mountain Lion and 10.7 Lion ect Users :


Converting Sony a7 III XAVC S for Editing in Premiere Pro CC

Step 1: Download, install and run the XAVC S Converter for Mac; click “Add Videos” icon to load your source XAVC S videos from Sony a7 III.

Step 2: The program has three already optimized the video settings for Adobe Premiere. You can select MOV, WMV or MPEG-2 from “Editing Software” as the output format. Here we recommend you choose MPEG-2. The output videos will keep the original quality of the BPAV MP4 video and seamlessly fit Adobe Premiere CC, CS6, CS5.5, CS5, CS4, etc.

Tip: The default setting works well. Of course, if you want to customize video and audio encoding settings, just click the “Settings” button to customize these settings. You can adjust the output video/audio resolution, frame rate, bit rate, etc. to customize the output files to get the best quality you want.

Step 3: Click the “Convert” icon under the preview window, and the Mac video converter will start converting Sony a7 III 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 CC/CS6/CS5.5/CS5/CS4 for further editing.

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