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XDCAM EX Codec for free

Jun 14, 2013 1:01 PM

Tags: #cs6 #codec #xdcam

I just got some footage from a client that apparently was shot on a Sony XDCAM EX according to MediaInfo, see image for full file info: http://screencast.com/t/y5roeLmyLH5O

 

I've looked around, but the main solution I found was Calibrated{Q} XD. I don't work with these video files all the time, is there any way around paying $150 for the codec?

 

I'm on Windows 7 Premiere CS6.

 
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    Jun 14, 2013 1:17 PM   in reply to bradmagnus

    If you have the original media, PP should handle it just fine.  If you have something that's been converted, go back to the client and get the original.

     
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    Jun 14, 2013 1:17 PM   in reply to bradmagnus

    You should be able to import these files natively and edit

    without installing any additional codecs... have you tried?

     

    Another point, it is MPEG video in a quicktime wrapper.

    Premiere uses QT (32bit) to decode and play .mov files.

    This is an impediment to the 64bit nature of Premiere.

    If you change the extension to .mpg or.mpeg, the 64bit engine is utilized.

     
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    Jun 14, 2013 5:02 PM   in reply to joe bloe premiere

    EX-3 native files have .mp4 extensions, not .mov

     
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    Jun 14, 2013 7:04 PM   in reply to digitalkiln

    Sorry, I thought he was asking about the quicktime (.mov)

    file that that he linked the info on the initial post.

    quicktime.png

     

     
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    Jun 15, 2013 1:10 AM   in reply to joe bloe premiere

    Conclusion is clear: This is not original material, so follow Jim's advise in post # 1.

     
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    Jun 16, 2013 12:27 AM   in reply to bradmagnus

    You don't understand, it seems.

     

    XDCAM-EX records everything to SxS cards, that contain one BPAV directory, which contains numerous sub-directories. After having copied the complete BPAV directory to hard disk, you go to Media Browser and import all the .MP4 clips. PR is clever enough to find the audio that belongs to each of these clips and the metadata and import that as well.

     

    If they have a .MOV extension it is no longer the original material, it has been modified by FCP and probably changed to an intermediate format.

     
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    Jun 16, 2013 8:13 AM   in reply to bradmagnus

    Before buying a codec, find out if the XDcam is the from  a Sony or JVC camera. Some JVC cams can use .mov or .mp4 wrappers for their XDcam varient.  Both should work in premiere anyway.....just one is for native FCP editing and one for PC apps.

     
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    Jun 17, 2013 9:32 AM   in reply to Stephen_Spider

    FCP MOV wrapped XCDAM-EX footage is the best way to get inoperable to the rest of the world...

     

    If you can: Use the original Mp4 files as advised

     

    If not: Use FCP to transcode the footage to something that can be read from other software (like Apple Prores MOV)

     
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  • joe bloe premiere
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    Jun 17, 2013 6:51 PM   in reply to bradmagnus

    bradmagnus wrote:

     

    So the Sony XDCAM records in a different file format?  I should be looking for a larger folder structure with the audio and video in seperate folders type thing?

    Are you certain the camera was a Sony 'EX' model?

     

    The footage for my current project was shot with a Sony HDW-F900R.

    This camera records HDCAM to .MXF, .MPG or .MOV files.

    We chose to shoot 1920x1080 23.976 .mxf, but I asked the

    shooter to do a couple of rolls of .mpg and .mov for testing.

     

    There was no complicated folder structure as with the EX cameras.

    The card contained a single folder named: }CLP{

    The only metadata was a single .MP_ file accompanying the one .MPG.

     

    The .mxf and .mpg files import and function as expected,

    but importing the quicktime files produces this error:

    CS6.0.3 / Win7

    error.PNG

    .

    Changing the file extension to .mpg allowed import,

    but there is no audio or video stream in Premiere.

     

    Quicktime details:

    mediainfo.PNG

    gspot.PNG

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    Quicktime player 7.7.3 only displays a white screen.

    QT.PNG

     
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    Jun 18, 2013 1:18 AM   in reply to joe bloe premiere

    I don't know of a free solution to this, I assume you are looking at this codec?

     

    http://www.calibratedsoftware.com/store/item_view.asp?estore_itemid=10 00005

     

    For me it was worth paying for it as I get a lot of these XDCAM FCP wrapped clips. It's a pain, but eventually the old FCP will die and we won't need to worry about it anymore. For now, this is the best solution.

     
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