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Pre MC 3.5* How To Edit with Media from a Sony XDCAM EX Camera

This should only be used with Media Composer 3.0 / NewsCutter 7.0. Please see:

Watch this video to learn exactly how to take media from the XDCAM EX card and edit with it in the Media Composer. A transcription of my narration is posted below the video.

I’m Bob Russo, the product evangelist for Avid Technology. Today, I’m going to talk about how to use media from a Sony® XDCAM® EX camera with the Avid® Media Composer®.

Using the Sony XDCAM EX Clip Browser software, select a memory card or drive where the EX media is stored. The clips load and I can play them in the viewer. Decide on the clips to use in the Media Composer and select File, Export, MXF. Choose a location for the files and click Start. The clips are quickly rewrapped as MXF files, like the files from an XDCAM™ HD camera.

Now in the Media Composer, select File, Import. The import box opens. Navigate to the folder where the MXF files are and select them. The files are added to the Media Composer very quickly, because they aren’t actually being imported. Instead, the clip information is being created in the bin and the media is being copied to the Avid media files folder. Once the clips are in, I’m ready to edit and combine them with other clips in my project.

And that’s how you use media from an XDCAM EX camera with the Avid Media Composer.

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