Does Sony a7 III XAVC-S work natively in Avid Media Composer or with an AMA Plug-in? If not, is there any possibility to edit a7 III XAVC-S footage in Avid? If you are having troubles importing Sony a7 III XAVC-S video to Avid, you are in the right place. This post explains how to transcode XAVC-S files taken with Sony a7 III to Avid preferred DNxHD for editing flawlessly.

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.

How do you edit Sony a7 III XAVC S files in Avid?

“Hello all, I just recently purchased a Sony a7 III. It records 4K video in XAVC-S format. I’m trying to edit the a7 III footage in Avid Media Composer. But it seems that Avid won’t import the XAVC S files at all. I can neither use ‘import’ command nor AMA plug-ins. What’s your best workflow dealing with Sony a7 III XAVC-S video in Avid MC? Any ideas? Thanks.”

As far as we know, Avid is the only NLEs that can not edit Sony XAVC-S files. Fortunately, there are workarounds to go through this. One easy way is to transcode the footage to Avid format. Learn a guide on how to convert Sony a7 III XAVC-S files to DNxHD for use in Avid with optimum performance.

How to transcode Sony a7 III XAVC S files for Avid editing?

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 :


Follow these steps:

Step 1: Start up HD Video Converter as a Sony a7 III XAVC S Converter for Avid. When its main interface pops up, click ‘Add File’ to input your source media.

Step 2: Choose output format for Avid MC
From ‘Profile’ list, select ‘Avid DNxHD (*.mov)’ as output format under ‘Avid Media Composer’ column.


Step 3: Custom video and audio settings
If necessary, you can click ‘Settings’ button and go to ‘Profiles Settings’ panel to modify video and audio settings like video encoder, resolution, video bit rate, frame rate, aspect ratio, audio encoder, sample rate, audio bit rate, and audio channels. 3D settings are also available.

Step 4: Start Sony a7 III XAVC S to DNxHD MOV Conversion
When ready, click ‘Convert’ to start format conversion. As soon as the conversion is complete, you can click ‘Open Folder’ button to get the exported DNxHD MOV files for use in Avid apps with optimum performance.

After conversion is done, simply click “Completed” to back to main interface, and click “Open” button to find generated DNxHD videos. Afterwards, you can transfer the converted XAVC S clips into Avid Media Composer 5/5.5/6/6.5/7 for editing smoothly on Mac with ease.

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