Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Is it possible to edit Sony PMW-200 XDCAM footage on Mac FCP without XDCAM Transfer?

This post explains how to re wrap video files taken with a Sony PMW-200 to ProRes 422 .mov for editing in Final Cut Pro fluidly with best quality.

Sony is unveiling the newest addition to its XDCAM HD4:2:2 line – the PMW-200 camcorder. This new model boasts three 1/2 -inch Exmor CMOS sensors and full HD 4:2:2 50 Mbps recording. Is it possible to edit Sony PMW-200 XDCAM footage on Mac FCP? If you have preordered a PMW-200 Camera, you may want to know the answer to this question.

edit Sony PMW-200 XDCAM footage on Mac FCP

There're lots of headaches with workflow of Sony PMW-200 XDCAM media into Final Cut Pro even with the XDCAM Transfer Sony providing, as far as I know, the best workaround to make PMW-200 XDCAM footage well compatible with FCP 6/7 and FCP X is converting PMW-200 video files to Apple ProRes for FCP.

Software requirement – Pavtube iMedia Converter for Mac.

This program is better than Sony XDCAM Transfer. XDCAM Transfer will turn XDCAM files into QT MOV when it copies source files from the camera media to the computer. Well, this XDCAM Converter allows you to convert Sony XDCAM to Prores .mov for FCP editing with zero quality loss. Plus, it also supporting transcoding Sony XDCAM, XDCAM HD, XDCAM EX to AIC for iMovie/FCE, DNxHD for Avid Media Composer, MPEG-2 for Adobe Premiere Pro.

Wanna output Multi-track ProRes for FCP? Here are steps.

Convert and Import Sony PMW-200 XDCAM footage to FCP on Mac

Step 1: Import PMW-200 XDCAM video clips

Install and run the Sony XDCAM to FCP Converter on Mac, and then click "Add Video" icon to import your PMW-200 recordings directly from your camcorder or the copied folder on the desktop.

Sony XDCAM to FCP Converter

Step 2: Choose Final Cut Pro video format

Hit the Format box to select the specially designed video codec for editing in FCP: Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes Codec 422(*.mov). Learn types of Apple ProRes Codecs.

video codec for editing in FCP

Step 3: Advanced video/audio settings (Optional)

Adjust the video and parameters, including the Bitrate of Video and Audio, Audio, Video Size, Sample Rate, Frame Rate, Audio Channels, etc., by clicking the Settings buttion on the main interface.

Step 4: Start Sony PMW-200 XDCAM to FCP conversion

Click the arrow button to start transcoding Sony PMW-200 XDCAM footage to Prores for FCP immediately. After the conversion finished, you can directly transfer the Prores .MOV video to FCP for further editing without any problem (Just launch Final Cut Pro, click Import File > Import > Movies to add your videos).

P.S. Besides transcoding Sony XDCAM to FCP, Pavtube iMedia Converter for Mac can also convert Sony XDCAM, XDCAM HD, XDCAM EX files (from PMW-100, PMW-EX3, PMW-EX1R, PMW-EX1, PMW-320K, PMW-200, PDW-F800… ) to iMovie, FCE, Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro, etc NLE systems on Mac(Mavericks and Yosemite included). Choose a proper format in the second step.

Also read how to edit Sony XDCAM files in After Effects and Magix Movie Edit Pro 2015 Plus.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Convert 4K H.265 Video from Samsung NX1 to H.265/HEVC MP4 on Windows 8.1/8

This post explains how to rewrap H.265 video files taken with Samsung NX1 to H.265/HEVC MP4 for playback on Windows 8.1/8 with high quality and smaller size.

One of the key features of the recently announced Samsung NX1 Smart Camera is its 4K video recording capability. Samsung uses a new codec, H.265 (HEVC) and 40Mbps for its 4K video. This is claimed to have the same image quality, but half the size of 100Mbps H.264 footage.

Convert 4K H.265 Video from Samsung NX1 to H.265/HEVC MP4

If you have preordered a Samsung’s NX1 Smart Camera, you may want to know if it is possible to convert your H.265 footage from NX1 into MP4 format for playback with keeping H.265 codec on Windows 8.1/8.

To get it done, all you need is a reliable H.265 converter. Just like the way it is dealing with 1080p HD and 4K videos, the upgraded Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate is surely in the support of converting 4K H.265 Video in any formats and creating H.265/HEVC MP4 video faultlessly. (Here is review)

Overall, this program is a completely professional H.265/HEVC encoder, decoder, player and editor. It provides three new output format presets for H.264, and one for H.265 in Common Video Option for better playback. In addition, this H.265 Converter is also available to customize the output resolutions to any size the users want. For Mac users, turn to iMedia Converter for Mac.

Guide: How to convert Samsung NX1 H.265 recordings to H.265/HEVC MP4 on Windows 8.1/8

Step 1. Load Source Video

Launch the H.265 Converter; click "Add Video" and load your NX1 4K video files. This program supports batch conversion, so you can add multiple files into it at a time.

H.265 Converter

Step 2. Decide Output Format

Click the "Format" drop down list to select "H.265 Video(*.mp4)" format from "Common Video" as you want. Since this video converter also provides optimal profiles for kinds of editing programs and media devices, you can also select a proper format that best meets your needs.

You can also rip Blu-ray to H.264 MP4, H.265 MP4 or convert DVD to H.265 MP4.

And by clicking Edit, you can trim, crop videos, adjust video effects, add watermarks, etc.

Step 3. Set Video Resolution

Click "Settings" button; you can adjust video and audio settings, including codec, aspect ratio, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate, and audio channel.

Step 4. Start 4K H.265 Conversion

Hit "Convert" button to let the 4K to H.265/HEVC conversion on Windows 8.1/8 begin. When the conversion finished, check the generated H.265/HEVC video, you will certainly be satisfied with its final video quality. It would be easier for you to playback on H.265 supported media player and devices. This upgraded Ultimate Converter will give much more surprise for you, pls feel free to have a try!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Upgrade! Pavtube Supports H.265/HEVC, XAVC and Latest Blu-ray!

Pavtube has released the latest products of Windows Platforms, Support H.265/HEVC Encode & Decode, XAVC codec! Detailed information is in this article.

Marry Christmas 2014! On December 25, Pavtube Studio has announced this new update version. All Win versions have been updated to 4.8.2, which add XAVC, H.265/HEVC decode and encode, latest Blu-ray discs ripping features and work more powerful. What new features have they got?
  • Support MXF in XAVC video codec 
  • Add H.264 baseline/main/high output profiles 
  • Support H.265/HEVC decode 
  • Support H.265/HEVC encode 
  • Support latest Blu-ray movies, like The Expendables 3, Le Chef, Sin City A Dame to Kill For, Sands of Iwo Jima, When The Game Stands Tall, Love in Venice, Mystery Road, Pink Floyd Endless rive,etc. are all supported.  
Pavtube upgrade

Updated software

XAVC support:

For the first outstanding feature, many powerful camcorders can shoot under this XAVC mode, like Sony, Panasonic, JVC and Canon all have many series HD Camcorder which can such job.

Most XAVC codec will shot in MXF format, this may be good for importing quality ,but may be a big problem for their users. Although Sony has offered their XAVC plug-in to help customer to solve this problem, but many users still replay that they can’t do anything about their videos. How to tackle that? New Pavtube relevant Video converter software can handle this highest level video standard. XAVC can support 4K (4.96×2160 and 3840×2160), which just cater the trend of 4K.Add H.265/HEVC Decode and Encode:

All Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate products have added the H.265/HEVC decode/encode. You may very family about H.264/MPEG-4, but may not know about this H.265/HEVC. Actually, those two codec are said to double the date compression at the same level of video quality. This H.265 can be said as the Intro Time of 4K Generation. This H.265/HEVC is considered not only play a remarkable role on improving the image quality but also can support 4K resolution to UHDTV, the highest level can up to 8192×4320 (8k).

Like the hottest Samsung NX1 has already explore this brand new market. The 205-point phase-detection AF, 4K film resolution, H.265 compression coding, 15fps high-speed continuous shooting, etc., Samsung NX1 seems has already won the game.

But with this fast update of the H.265 camera, the related peripheral support software seems not get enjoy strength. Many media player and NELs still stick on the H.264, so how to get your H.265/HEVC video into compatible while quality maintained? The brand new Pavtube relevant Video software will be the best solution to deal with the H.265/HEVC. No quality drop, fast conversion, smooth playback, all you need is in this new Pavtube.

The Mac version is in full update, do please look forward to those brand new Pavtube relevant iMedia Converter for Mac!

Merry Christmas^^About Pavtube Studio

Founded in 2007, Pavtube creates expert multimedia software applications that help consumers access, transfer and share their digital content across different devices that range from PC, Mac, NLE softwares, tablets, smartphones, to HD media players, game consoles, and home theatre systems.

On the basis of computer OS, Pavtube products are divided into two categories – Windows solutions and Mac solutions, spanning across BD/DVD saving, video transcoding, camera/camcorder footage, and DVR recordings (e.g. TiVo) conversion.

With creativity, expert knowledge as well as cutting-edge technology, Pavtube helps consumers throughout the world enjoy more in a digitally connected audio-visual world.

See and for more information.

More info can be found here.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Open and play Blu-ray in VLC Media Player

This article mainly shows you how to open and play Blu-ray in VLC Media Player effortlessly in MKV video format.
Blu-ray has been around for a long time and thousands of Windows users would try to play Blu-ray with VLC Media Player. While, as a widely used media player, VLC does not support Blu-ray playback, though lots of video and audio codecs can be supported well. Below is my situation:

What I want is to put my Blu-ray collection into MKV for use with VLC Player on notebooks and tablets that my wife and I can watch. Since I thought the VLC playback in the tablet modern interface looked solid - some older MKV files ripped with a BD converting tool in a lower quality (about 5GB per DVD) played well on higher power machines. I have some concerns about the Atom graphics ability to recover HD from MKV, and may try some experiments with other formats when I get a chance.
Put Blu-ray collection to VLC

In the following paragraphs, we are going to talk about how to convert Blu-ray to VLC supported video format by default like MKV for movie enjoyment freely. As I tried Pavtube a few years back - and the reviews I read seemed to indicate that a business capable of supporting it was in place, here I use Pavtube Blu-ray Ripper program- ByteCopy to help me out which is known as the best application for Blu-ray ripping and converting Blu-ray to VLC MKV format on Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10. (Here is the review)

With it, you can rip Blu-ray to VLC Media Player highly compatible MKV videos bypassing the AACS and BD+ copy protection. Besides, you can extract audio from the Blu-ray movies for enjoying with PonoPlayer. Moreover, you can even use it to edit your source movie by cropping, placing watermarks, trimming and so on. Mac version is here. Once you get the Blu-ray Ripping tool, carefully read the steps below to watch Blu-ray movies on your VLC.

Convert and Add Blu-ray to VLC Media Player for playback
1. Load Blu-ray movies.

Insert the Blu-ray disc to Blu-ray drive. Download, install and open Blu-ray to VLC Ripper. Click “Load File(s)” button on the main interface of program to load your Blu-ray movies. As you can see, you can view the movie on the right viewing window and take snapshots of the movie scenes.

Blu-ray to VLC Ripper

2. Select output format for VLC Media Player.

Click “Format” > “Common Video” and choose MKV as the output format, or click “Format” > “HD Video” and choose “MKV HD Video(*.MKV)” as the output format. And set the output saving folder by clicking “Output” and choose a folder to save the ripped files.

What's more, you can rip Blu-ray for playing with Windows media player and Media Player Classic.

VLC video format

3. Start the Blu-ray to MKV conversion

Finally, click the “Convert” button to start ripping Blu-ray movies to MKV for playing in VLC Media Player. The ripper can help you finish the task soon, to save your time and work.

When the conversion finishes, you can click “Open” button to get the final output files. Open VLC Media Player and then add items to VLC for playback.

Tips for ripping Blu-ray movies to VLC:

1. Select desired subtitles and audio track: Click the drop-down list of “Subtitle”, then all the subtitle info in the Blu-ray will be displayed for you to select. To select your desired audio track, just click the pull down menu of “Audio”, and then the popup drop-down list will give you the detailed information of all audio tracks, including language, audio codec, and stream ID.

2. Maintain 5.1 surround sound: Click “Settings” and select “5.1 channels” in the drop-down list of Audio Channels.

VLC video settings

4. Keep audio and video sync: To get perfect A/ V synchronization, you need pay attention to frame rate when ripping BD/ Blu-ray movies to Windows Media Center. You can click on “Settings” and try with different frame rate, like 30fps, 29.97 fps, 25fps, 24fps, etc. “Original” is not recommended.

5. Set auto shutdown: Once “Convert” button is clicked, ViewLog pops up. You may check “Shut down computer after conversion” in the ViewLog before conversion starts.

Also learn how to copy DVD to VLCFor general information about Blu-ray, DVD disc ripping, read the article here.

What's new in the upgraded ByteCopy:
  • Add H.264 baseline/main/high output profiles
  • Support H.265/HEVC decode
  • Support H.265/HEVC encode
  • Support latest Blu-ray movies 

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Transfer National Treasures 2 Blu-ray to Android Tablet as well as TV

Looking for a quick way to rip National Treasures 2 Blu-ray to Android Tablet or convert to watching on TV? Read this article to learn how.

I have bought "National Treasures 2" Blu-ray disc movies from Amazon, and I like it so much that I am looking for a software to help me rip Blu-ray to USB and then play Blu-ray on my Android Tablet and TV, which one can convert this Blu-ray with best quality and speed? Please give me some advice, thanks!
Put National Treasures 2 Blu-ray to Android Tablet/TV

Now just rip your National Treasures 2 Blu-ray to your computer or USB, and you've got a digital copy of your Blu-ray that you can watch at any time from anywhere! If you have any device, like Android Tablet or TV, it's super easy to get your Blu-ray movie for HD enjoyment. The process is relatively simple, so even if you are not technically savvy, you should be able to backup any Blu-ray disc without an issue and have a format to be used on Android Tablet/TV.

What You’ll Need- Pavtube BDMagic (Review) which can remove the disc protection and copy source disc to computer hard drive with same structure preserved. Also rips National Treasures 2 Blu-ray to Android/TV friendly format with ease. Test it and works well on all my seven devices: 3 smart mobiles and 4 tablets. The Mac version is Pavtube BDMgic for Mac.

Rip National Treasures 2 Blu-ray to Android Tablet as well as TV

Step 1: Import National Treasures 2 Blu-ray to the best Blu-ray Ripper for Android/TV.

Launch Pavtube BDMagic. Click the button "File", and from the sublist, click "Load from disc" to load your National Treasures 2 Blu-ray movies

Blu-ray Ripper for Android/TV

Tip: Freely select the subtitles for you Blu-ray movies from the "Subtitles" option for watching Blu-ray with your preferred subtitles.

Step 2: Select an output format for Android/TV and set the output folder as you need.

Click on the dropdown menu of “Format” and then move your pointer to “Common Video”. From the sublist, the H.264, MPEG-4, AVI, MKV are all compatible with TV. Or select "Android Tablets 720P Video(*.mp4)" or "Android Tablets 1080P Video(*.mp4)" from "Android" option for watching on Android tablets.

format for watching on Android tablets

Step 3: Click "Settings" icon to adjust audio and video parameters.

Click the "Settings" icon and you will go into a new interface named "Profile Settings". You can adjust codec, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channel in the interface freely and optimize the output file quality.

PS: Since you will share Blu-ray on Android tablet and TV, you'd better set the video size as 1920*1080 to get the full HD video playback.


1. Video Editor available in this converter.

Another reason I like Pavtube is it ships with many video editing features, and usually I use it to cut off black bars of original Blu-rays and play full screen on my HD TV at home. Besides, it does more than that. It trims off unwanted commercial parts, add watermarks as copyright protection to your source file, insert *.srt and *.ass subtitles and more.

2.Other small but essential functions.

Pavtube application takes advantage of the NVIDIA CUDA technology and AMD APP technology, and the conversion speed can be increased up to 6 times faster than ever before.

Step 4: Start removing Blu-ray region codes

Click the “Convert” button; it will convert National Treasures 2 Blu-ray movie to Android tablet as well as TV immediately. You can find the process in the “Conversion” interface.

After the conversion, you will be able to get the output files via clicking on “Open” button effortlessly. Now you can transfer National Treasures 2 Blu-ray movie to Android Tablet/TV via USB to share with your families at ease.

In addition to Blu-ray, DVD, MKV and M4V can also be playable on Android tablets.