Facing problems when importing Sony a7S III XAVC HS files to DaVinci Resolve for editing? If so, follow the simple tutorial, guanranteed to get XAVC HS and DaVinci Resolve to play nicely.
Got playback, crashing and other issues when working with Sony a7S III XAVC HS files in DaVinci Resolve? Here are ways to correct the issues.
"Hi admin. I recorded some 4K MP4 videos with my Sony a7S III, I downloaded and install the free version of DaVinci Resolve. The problem is that the software doesn’t recognize my video. How to solve this problem? Oh, by the way. I used XAVC HS option."
"Can’t import Sony a7S III XAVC HS into DaVinci Resolve. I’m on MacBook Air and have some .mp4 footage I need to import but it when I try to do it it just says "The importer reported a generic error." and nothing else. All I can do is press OK. I’m using the DaVinci Resolve 17 and i’m on a Mac."
The Sony A7S III is Sony’s newest full frame mirrorless video-oriented camera. With a powerful BIONZ XR image processor, it offers faster performance, improved noise reduction, and a wider dynamic range along with UHD 4K 120p video recording and internal 10-bit 4:2:2 color sampling.
*Movie file formats: XAVC S (Long GOP, H.264 MP4); XAVC HS (Long GOP, H.265 HEVC); XAVC S-1 (All-Intra, H.264 MP4)
MP4 is a video container format for SMPTE standard professional video and audio content. According to Blackmagic Design official website, DaVinci Resolve natively supports MP4 file format from almost all the camera systems. But the weird thing is that DaVinci Resolve will reject to import Sony a7S III XAVC HS MP4 files. The error message goes like, "The file has no audio or video streams", "The importer reported a generic error", "Unsupported format or damaged file", and even you can import the Sony a7S III XAVC HS video to DaVinci Resolve successfully, you may encounter playback and crashing issues during the editing process.
If you’re getting problems when working with XAVC HS files in DaVinci Resolve, here are the top way to fix the issue.
Transcode Sony a7S III XAVC HS to DaVinci Resolve Edit-Friendly Codec/Format
— 100% Working Solution to Fix "Can’t Import XAVC HS Files to DaVinci Resolve" Error
Transcoding the footage to a different codec should be a very helpful method and it will save you a lot of time and trouble while you’re editing. If you have video conversion software on computer, you can use it for video conversion. If you don’t have that tool or can’t manage to convert problematic XAVC HS files to desired format with conversion too, you might as well try an easier-to-use yet powerful video converter and decoder – Acrok Video Converter Ultimate.
With it, you can easily and fast convert Premiere incompatible media including but not limited to MXF, VOB, WMV, MTS, to a format such as MOV, H264, MP4, Apple ProRes or DNxHD. These formats can be well compatible with DaVinci Resolve. H.264 MOV and H.264 MP4 can preserve image quality with the smallest file size. If you’re short on drive space, you can also use ProRes MOV or DNxHD MOV. Both of the two high-quality codecs can preserve the best image quality and provide better performance when editing in DaVinci Resolve, but creates much larger files that use more storage space than H.264 files use. That’s a lot, but hard drives are tending towards being free, so it hardly matters these days.
How to decode Sony a7S III XAVC HS for editing in DaVinci Resolve?
In the following guide we take Acrok Video Converter Ultimate as an example. The way to convert XAVC HS files for DaVinci Resolve on Mac is almost the same. Just make sure you download the right version.
Load XAVC HS files
Launch Acrok Video Converter Ultimate on your computer. Click "Add file (s)" button to import the Sony a7S III XAVC HS files that has an import issue in DaVinci Resolve. Dragging and droppping works too. You can play the loaded videos via this free XAVC HS media player.
Select an edit-friendly codec/format
Click "Format" bar and move mouse cursor to "Common Video" category and choose a format preset that DaVinci Resolve can support, for example, H.264 MP4 and H.264 MOV. If you’re short on drive space, you’re recommended to select Apple ProRes 422 MOV or DNxHD MOV under Editing Software category on Windows.
Start the conversion
Now, everything is done. What you need to do is to click the big Convert button to start converting Sony a7S III XAVC HS video to DaVinci Resolve supported format. Wait for the conversion to be done and then click Open button to get the converted MP4 video. You can import the output files to DaVinci Resolve for smoothly editing.
If you still cannot import Sony XAVC HS videos to DaVinci Resolve after trying all your efforts, then transcoding XAVC HS files using Acrok Video Converter Ultimate is the most effective yet easiest solution recommended by us. And transcoding will save you a lot of time and trouble while you’re editing.