The Sony A7 IV supersedes the A7 III but it's not just another affordable all-rounder - it's a real powerhouse for both stills and video. The a7 IV is a robust, impressively well-made camera body with dust and moisture resistance, inbuilt SteadyShot and a sturdy 658g in weight, including SD card and battery. It's literally in a class of its own. It has all the upgrades that we've anticipated, minus the 4K60 in full-frame, but if you can overlook that, the Sony Alpha 7 IV is one hell of a solid camera for hybrid shooting. We can record XAVC S/XAVC HS/XAVC S-I (.mp4) video formats with Sony a7 IV with 4K resolution easily. XAVC HS is great for recording 4K videos that it can keep the high quality. The XAVC HS format uses the HEVC codec, which has high compression efficiency. This sony's new format it's not a friendly format for edting program, such as we can't free edit XAVC HS in DaVinci Resolve 17 smoothly.
If you are the user of Sony a7 IV, you will encounter the problem while importing the XAVC HS files to DaVinci Resolve 17 or its earlier versions of 16, 15, 14, you may see the error "DaVinci Resolve Not Rendering" coming up when exporting a movie composed of XAVC HS clips, whether it's to AVI, MKV, etc., this error comes up, in particular when the movie is "long", i.e. a half minute to a minute. Otherwise, with short clips there is no problem.
It's enough to make you want to pull your hair out. The Internet is full of discussions on this issue, but we don't know why Blackmagic Design can't fix it? The bottom line, however, is that once you convert your Sony a7 IV files HEVC codec to H.264 codec using Acrok Video Converter Ultimate, there are absolutely no problems regardless of file lengt...which in our case is perhaps a four minute movie.
We were concerned with possibly losing quality by converting XAVC HS to H.264 MP4 for DaVinci Resolve with Acrok. But a side-by-side comparison showed us there was absolutely no discernible difference. We thought some users might want to know this because it permits DaVinci Resolve users to rectify this problem and continue on with it. So we share the workaround here for people who wanna import Sony Alpha 7 IV footage to DaVinci Resolve for edit without meeting the error "DaVinci Resolve Not Rendering".
Free Download the XAVC HS to DaVinci Resolve Converter:
Acrok Video Converter Ultimate - The One-click Way to convert Sony a7 IV XAVC HS Videos for DaVinci Resolve 17 and More.
- Quickly convert XAVC HS to DaVinci Resolve 17 editable format without losing quality.
- Converts videos in batch.
- Accepts nearly all types of videos, regardless of video formats, codecs and resolutions.
- Transode or pass-through media files to that supported by DaVinci Resolve.
- Easy editing experience: cut, crop, merge, remove black bars, add 3D effects...
- Rip and compress 4K Blu-ray to 4K/1080P H.264 and H.265 MP4.
- Convert downloaded MKV, AVI, MOV, WMV RMVB movies to tablet/phone/tv supported format.
- Completes video conversion and processing in three steps.
(Note: If you are a Mac user and want to edit your Sony a7 IV XAVC HS clips in DaVinci Resolve, Final Cut Pro X, iMovie, Premiere Pro and Avid Media Composer smoothly, Acrok Video Converter Ultimate for Mac is the best choice for you.)
How to transcode Sony a7 IV XAVC HS to H.264 MP4 for DaVinci Resolve 17?
Add video files
Install and launch the XAVC HS Converter to your PC, and then load source Sony a7 IV clips to the software. You can import XAVC HS clips to the Sony Video Converter through "Add file" button or "Add folder" icon.
Set output format
Choose 4K H.264 MP4 as output format for DaVinci Resolve 17. This XAVC HS to DaVinci Resolve Converter offers optimized format preset for DaVinci Resolve 17 and other popular editing software. For encoding XAVC HS to H.264, please click "Format" menu firstly and then follow "4K Video" > "4K MP4 Video (*.mp4)".
Edit Sony a7 IV video (Optional)
Select the video that you plan to edit then click "Edit" icongo into "Video Editor" panel. You can trim, crop Sony a7 IV video as your needs, even you can add 3D effects onto the loaded video files.
Start video conversion
Click the "Convert" button to start converting Sony Alpha 7 IV 4K XAVC HS to 4K H.264 MP4 for DaVinci Resolve 17.
When the conversion task is finished, click "Open" button to get the exported H.264 MP4 files for DaVinci Resolve 17 to do further editing. The XAVC HS Converter enables anyone with XAVC HS files to use use any non-linear editor as long as they convert XAVC HS to a recognizable format, easily done with Acrok!