Problems with Sony PXW-FS5 footage

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We are using the Sony PXW-FS5 with the XAVC Codec. When exporting with pass-trough settings for video and audio, the files are not longer recognized in Adobe Premiere CC (latest version). We also tried to open the files with Quicktime and VLC player.. no chance to use them. When opening the recorded files directly in Premiere, there are no issues.

So we have to convert all files with the Adobe Media Encoder before synchronizing them in Tentacle Sync Studio.

We have tried it with the latest version of the Tentacle Sync Studio software both with license and with dongle.

By the way: there are absolutely no problems with footage from the Sony PXW-FS7.

Answered question

You can’t use pass through with the xavc footage because Tentacle Sync puts the footage into a QuickTime wrapper with MOV extension. ┬áPremiere needs to see an MXF file to decode xavc (or any Sony xdcam footage)

To make it work, I use the ProRes encoder in Tentacle.  This makes much larger files but they perform perfectly for all purposes down the line.

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