Import Sony PMW-EX3/F3 BPAV MP4 to Avid MC Editing on Mac

In this article, we will present you the correct workflow to import Sony XDCAM EX3 or Sony PMW-F3 BPAV MP4 files to Avid Media Composer 5/6/7/8 flawlessly.

Can’t get Avid to recognize MP4 files in a BPAV folder

“Hello, all, I’m having a strange issue with XDCAM EX files from my Sony PMW-EX3. Everything has been shot and transferred to a hard drive. Avid Media Composer doesn’t recognize the MP4 files in the BPAV folder through AMA or Import. I have XDCam Transfer, XDCam Browser and the latest XDCam AMA plugin for Avid. But they don’t work. The BPAV file structure looks correct. Can anyone help me with the correct workflow to import this sort of BPAV files into Avid MC. Thanks.”

If for whatever reason you are unable to work with MP4 files in a BPAV folder in Avid even with the correct AMA plugin installed, we would recommend transcoding BPAV files to DNxHD .mov, the best suitable editing format for Media Composer, which will ensure a smooth workflow. This requires third party software like HD Video Converter. Read on to find a short tutorial on how to convert BPAV MP4 files to DNxHD for Avid editing.

Solution: Import Sony PMW-EX3/F3 BPAV MP4 to Avid MC on Mac for easier editing

Since Avid Media Composer natively supported video format is Avid DNxHD, thus, you should transcode Sony PMW-EX3 BPAV MP4 to Avid DNxHD with this professional Mac BPAV MP4 to Avid DNxHD Converter. The UFUWare HD Converter for Mac can be used as the best BPAV to Avid Converter for Mac, which comes with an optimized format preset for Avid editing software, which enables users to convert Sony Cyber-shot BPAV MP4 to DNxHD MOV for using in Avid Media Composer directly.

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How to Import Sony EX3/F3 XDCAM BPAV files to Avid Media Composer?

1. Load original video files

Click the “Add” button to add Sony EX3/F3 BPAV .MP4 video files into the program. Batch conversion is supported, so you can add several files to the converter at one time.

2. Set DNxHD (*.mov) as Output Format

To encode XDCAM EX BPAV MP4 files to Avid MC, choose Avid Media Composer -> Avid DNxHD (*.mov) as the target format via “Format” column.

xavc/xavc s to avid dnxhd

Tip: Enter “Settings” page to adjust audio and video parameters like Video Codec, aspect ratio, bit rate, frame rate, Audio codec, sample rate, audio channels as you like.

3. Start Sony PMW-EX3/F3 BPAV to Avid DNxHD MOV Conversion

After settings, tap the “Convert” button to start the Sony PMW-EX3/F3 BPAV to Avid Media Composer conversion right away.

Once the conversion finished, you can import the converted BPAV MP4 file to Avid MC smoothly with superior speed once the post production process begins.

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