Problem importing Sony A7R II XAVC-S 4K footage to Adobe Premiere Pro

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The Sony a7R II is a 42MP full frame mirrorless camera with 5-axis image stabilization, featuring the world’s first (and currently only) 35mm BSI CMOS sensor, and including a hybrid autofocus system and 4K video capabilities. It’s the fifth in the company’s a7 range of full frame cameras and the second high-resolution ‘R’ model. However, although its name and appearance are very similar to the first round of a7s, the R II arguably represents just as significant a step forwards as those first full frame mirrorless models did.

How can I work with Sony a7r ii XAVC-S 4K footage in Adobe Premiere Pro fluently? If you are having issues editing Sony a7r ii XAVC-S 4K media in Premiere Pro, you may wish to read this post. It explains a workaround to transcode Sony a7r ii XAVC-S files for editing in Adobe Premiere smoothly without any hassles.
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How do I use XAVC-S 4K video from Sony a7r ii in Premiere Pro CC7/CS6/CS5?

“Hi, there, I received my new Sony a7r ii last month. This camera employs XAVC-S codec to capture 4k video recordings in MP4 format. I know that support for XAVC-S was added in Premiere Pro CC 7.1. My issue is that I have Premiere Pro 6.0 installed and not the CC version. I have paid a lot of money for my Premiere Pro 6.0 version and it seems that there won’t be an update for my 6.0 pro version to support Sony XAVC-S codec. Are there any workarounds to let Premiere Pro CS6 recognize Sony a7r ii XAVC-S 4K footage? I would really appreciate any help. Thanks.”

If for some reason you are unable to use Sony a7r ii XAVC-S 4K media in Premiere Pro smoothly, we would recommend transcoding them to an intermediate format that is best suitable for Adobe Premiere editing with UFUSoft HD Converter for Mac or Windows. Check this short tutorial to learn an easy way of converting Sony a7r ii XAVC-S 4K video for use in Premiere Pro.

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How to convert Sony A7R II XAVC S to Adobe Premiere Pro CC7/CS6/CS5 format?

Step 1: Add original files

Run the video converter, then click “Add File” button to import Sony A7R II XAVC S videos to this powerful program. Or you can simply drag the videos directly to the software.

Sony A7R II XAVC S to Adobe Premiere Pro

Step 2: Choose preferred format

Click “Format” pull down list to select Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas> MPEG-2(*.mpg) as the best video format for Premiere Pro. WMV, MOV formats are the good choice as well.

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Tip: Click the “Settings” button, you are able to enter the “Profile Settings” panel to adjust video and audio parameters for the converted files, including video size, bit rate, frame rate and more.

Step 3: Start Sony A7R II XAVC S to Premiere Pro conversion

Click the Convert button to start transcoding Sony A7R II XAVC S to MPEG-2 for Adobe Premiere Pro CC7/CS6/CS5.

Once the process is at 100%, click “Open” button on the main interface to find the generated videos, then you can transfer the transcoded videos to Premiere easily and quickly.

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