Edit Sony a9 II XAVC S in DaVinci Resolve 17

DaVinci Resolve 17 doesn’t support Sony Alpha 9 II XAVC S importing. Fortunately, there is an easy way to solve the problem. Find it out here.

The a9 II offers advances that answer the demands of professional workflows, including sophisticated operability and network connectivity for enhanced support in the field, rugged go-anywhere reliability and unrivalled speed. 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.

From its specs, we know Sony Alpha 9 II can capture 4K videos in XAVC S format. The problem is, XAVC S encoded 4K file format from Sony a9 II is beyond the compatibility of DaVinci Resolve (including the latest version DaVinci Resolve 17). Something else, DaVinci Resolve now can handle 4K files without much problem, but it is extremely hardware intensive. In most cases, editing Sony Alpha 9 II 4K in DaVinci Resolve is very taxing on your computer. In order to work Sony Alpha 9 II XAVC S footage in DaVinci Resolve smoothly, a better way is to transcode Sony a9 II 4K to a more “edit” friendly codec.

Q1: XAVC S crashes DaVinci Resolve
I have some Sony Alpha 9 II footage which is crashing DaVinci Resolve. I have installed the latest update 17. I can scrub through material in teh thumbnail, but that is it.

Q2: DaVinci Resolve XAVC S files
I can not get DaVinci Resolve to recognize the XAVC S files from our Sony Alpha 9 II. I get the “generic error” message all the time. is there a way to get it to work?

The process is surprisingly easy and can be done with the help of Acrok Video Converter Ultimate for Mac. Overall, this video conversion program can effortlessly encode/re-encode Sony a9 II 4K XAVC S footage for smoothly importing and editing in various non-linear editing systems (NLE), including DaVinci Resove, Premiere Elements, Premiere Pro, Davinci Resolve, Avid Media Composer, Final Cut Pro, iMovie, Windows Movie Maker, Lightworks and more. It is not only professional on dealting with 4K XAVC S files, but also can handle with other video formats, such as MXF, MTS, MP4, MOV, MKV, WMV, R3D, AIV and so on. If you’re a Windows user and want to import Sony a9 II XAVC S videos to Davinci Resolve 17, 16, 15… in Mac (macOS 12 included). If you work 4K files in Davinci Resolve on Windows PC, please turn to Acrok Video Converter Ultimate to solve the issues.

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How to convert Sony Alpha 9 II XAVC S to DNxHD for Davinci Resolve

Step 1. Import Sony a9 II files

Launch the best XAVC S to DaVinci Resolve Converter on your Mac and then load source Sony Alpha 9 II files that you’ve transferred to your Mac Hard Drive to the program by click Add File button. You can also drag and drop your .mp4 files into it.

Best XAVC S Video Converter - Taranscode 4K XAVC S footage for editing in Davinci Resolve

This program spells simplicity, efficiency and quality. It lets you transcode Sony Alpha 9 II 4K XAVC S to H.264, MPEG-2, Apple InterMediate Codec, Apple ProRes, HEVC and more. This is a smart tool specially designed for 4k users to preview and convert 4K as well as 1080p recordings to your wanted video and audio formats, so as to smoothly add them into Premiere Pro, After Effects, iMovie, Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer to do further editing.

Step 2. Choose the optimized preset for DaVinci Resolve

The program has three already optimized the video settings for DaVinci Resolve. You can select DNxHD MOV, Apple ProRes MOV or H.264 MOV from “Editing Software” as the output format. All output videos will keep the original quality of Sony a9 II video and seamlessly fit DaVinci Resolve 17, 16, 15, 14 and more. Here we recommend you choose DNxHD MOV.

Convert Sony a9 II XAVC S to DNxHD for DaVinci Resolve

Tips: 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. Start the XAVC S to DNxHD conversion

Finally, click the “Convert” button to begin the conversion process. Wait for a while and the video converter will do the trick. You will soon have your Sony a9 II XAVC S video into a format that’s recognizable and editable by DaVinci Resolve.

You’re done! Now you will find how it’s easy to make engaging movies with Sony Alpha 9 II XAVC S files in DaVinci Resolve.


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