Import and Edit Sony HXR-MC2500 AVCHD in Davinci Resolve

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A smooth workflow of importing and editing AVCHD recordings from Sony HXR-MC2500 in Davinci Resolve. Read on to get more hints.

The HXR-MC2500E Shoulder Mount AVCHD Camcorder from Sony is designed to work with European broadcast standards and is not compatible with USA/NTSC standards. It is suitable for use by shooters looking for the inherent stability and professional feel a shoulder-mount form factor provides. It features a 1/4″ Exmor R CMOS chip that can work with as little as 0.8 lux illumination when in SD mode, and low light performance is further augmented by a built-in LED light shinning 800 lumens at 1.6; distance. The camera records Full HD in the widely supported AVCHD format and can record SD in the DV codec with an AVI wrapper. However, if you get some AVCHD files recorded from Sony HXR-MC2500 and intend to edit AVCHD files in Davinci Resolve, you’ll get a bit disappointed.

I have tried importing AVCHD files from a Sony HXR-MC2500 camera, into Davinci Resolve 11, the imported files do not run smoothly when viewing them. IS it compatible with Resolve?

Actually, AVCHD, XAVC, XAVC S or any other similar format is very efficient for encoding video data into small file sizes. It is not however easy or quick to decode for high-quality finishing and post production processing. In other words, it’s hard to work your HXR-MC2500 AVCHD footage in Davinci Resolve(even the latest version Resolve 14).

Fortunately, there is an easy workaround for you- convert your AVCHD clips to a more editable video format for Davinci Resolve, such as ProRes, DNxHD.

(Best Format/Codec for Davinci Resolve: )
Apple ProRes 422 HQ – for source media of 8 or 10-bit color depth, 4:2:0 or 4:2:2
Apple ProRes 4444 / 4444 XQ – for source media of 10-bit color depth or more, 4:4:4, suitable for HDR

Avid DNxHD 220 – for source media of 8-bit color depth, 4:2:0 or 4:2:2
Avid DNxHD 220x – for source media of 10-bit color depth, 4:2:2
Avid DNxHD 444 – for source media of 10-bit color depth, 4:4:4
Avid DNxHR HQX – for source media of 8 or 10-bit color depth, 4:2:2 or 4:2:0
Avid DNxHR 444 – for source media of 10-bit color depth or more, 4:4:4, suitable for HDR

The resulting transcoded media should have the same timecode as the source media as well as the same filename and this will be the case with most methods of generating transcoded media, only the file extension will have changed. The resulting files will be larger, but since all the decoding of the H.264 has been done, Resolve no longer has to rely on the CPU to do it in real-time.

Here the award-winning UFUSoft AVCHD Converter for Mac cuts the buck at this point, letting you convert Sony HXR-MC2500 AVCHD to Davinci Resolve compatible format with incredible fast speed and outstanding output quality. Besides, it also helps you convert AVCHD to other popular video formats like M4V, MOV, FLV, MP4, MKV, AVI, FLV etc for using on diverse multi-media devices including iPhone/iPad/iPod, Xbox, Apple TV, Google Drive, Chromecast, etc. If you are Windows user, you want to transcode AVCHD to Davinci Resolve as well as Premiere Pro, Windows Movie Maker, Cyberlink PowerDirector, Pinnacle Studio, After Effects and more NLE programs, you’re highly recommended to adopt UFUSoft Video Converter for Windows.

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How to Transcode and Import Sony HXR-MC2500 AVCHD Files to Davinci Resolve

Step 1. Add Sony HXR-MC2500 recorded AVCHD files

Download, install and run the AVCHD to Premiere Pro Converter; click “Add” button on the top of the main interface to import source video to the program. It supports batch conversion and joining multiple video clips into one file.

Step 2. Select output format

Hit Format bar to select output format. You can choose Final Cut Pro> Apple PreRes 422(*.mov) as output format. It is an ideal editing format for Resolve. For Windows users, Avid Media Composer > Avid DNxHD(*.mov) is the best option.

Tip – Profile Settings:

In case the default settings do not fit your requirement, you can click “Settings” button and enter “Profile Settings” panel to adjust video size, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channels.

Step 3. Start converting Sony HXR-MC2500 AVCHD files

Hit the convert button, it will start converting AVCHD for Davinci Resolve immediately. Soon after the conversion, just click “Open” button to get the generated files for natively editing in Resolve 11/12/13/14 perfectly.

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