Tuesday, June 26, 2018

3 Best GoPro Alternatives Action Cameras 2018

Action cameras are unlike any other kind of camera. They're designed to be attached to helmets, surfboards, cars and other objects, and they're small, tough and simple to operate, with a lens that captures the world in high-definition video and in a wide-angle fish-eye perspective. Among the action cameras, GoPro stands out for its iconic box-shaped Hero cameras and become the market leader. But some users find the GoPro action camera too expensive and do not have enough budget to afford it? Don't worry, there are plenty of top action cameras in the market today, many of which feature much lower prices than GoPro. Here we list 3 best GoPro alternatives action cameras in 2018, which are more affordable than the pricey GoPro and you can consider buying.

3 Best GoPro Alternatives 2018

Here we list 6 more affordable GoPro alternatives for you to lower your expenses.

Best GoPro Alternative #1: Xiaomi Yi Camera

Xiaomi Yi action camera is known for lightweight, compact and durable. The YI action camera is just half the price of a base GoPro camera and it's recognized as the best camera in market for its price. It equips a 16 MP Sony camera sensor with a 155-degree wide-angle lens, which supports recording 1080p HD videos at up to 120fps. The camera includes a 1010mAh removable battery and supports for WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 and microSD support up to 64GB. Thanks to the WiFi connectivity, users can easily share the pictures and videos from the camera to your computer. What's more, the camera supports Bluetooth remote control, app and also includes a micro HDMI port that supports live video previews while recording, which is very cool. This best cheap alternative to GoPro also supports different capture modes like Time-lapse mode, Timed photo, Timed video and more. But the camera lacks water-proof ability and users have to buy a separate water resistance cases if they want to take underwater photos or videos. (Reference price: $63)

Xiaomi Yi Camera

Best GoPro Alternative #2: Drift Stealth 2

Another top recommended alternative to GoPro is Drift Stealth 2 which is also a compact, mount-anywhere action camera. People like Stealth 2 because it's incredibly small and can be mounted almost anywhere, as well as its 300-degree rotating lens and its more affordable price. It has a 12 MP camera with a 7-element lens that captures videos in up to 1080p. Moreover, The Stealth 2 features a 1.3-inch mono graphic LCD display for camera status and modes. You can even use the Drift app to control the camera remotely from your smartphone and the WiFi connect to share media easily. This action camera features a big 1500mAh non-removable battery that allows you to record videos for up to 3 hours. At last, the Stealth 2 isn't waterproof and you also require a separate casing for it. (Reference price: $84.99)

Drift Stealth 2

Best GoPro Alternative #4: Sony HDR-AS50 Action Camera

Tough compact Sony HDR-AS50 Action Cam lets you enjoy playful POV movie shooting with supplied Underwater Housing. Its casual style and advanced features encourage everyday movie-making. It features an 11 MP Exmor R BSI CMOS sensor with Zeiss 170-degree lens and SteadyShot image stabilization. The camera shoots videos in 1080p Full HD at 60fps and makes high-speed 720p HD movie capture at 120fps/100fps, and there's also support for 4K time-lapse videos. WiFi and Bluetooth are supported. This action camera is waterproof (up to 60 meters), dustproof and shockproof with its supplied case. ((Reference price: $199)

Sony HDR-AS50 Action Camera

Take Full Use of the Action Camera Recordings: Best Video Converter

Even though you can take the best 4K/HD videos form the camera, when you watching the 4K videos on TV, you may meet some troubles, for example: The TV screen is black or you get the error message shows that your TV can't recognize your 4K/HD videos. In addition, for some people who want to upload the wonderful videos to Youtube. Facebook or Vimeo, you may meet some troubles due to the video codec, video frame, video bitarte, video size, video length, etc. All these troubles can be solved by one 4K/HD video converter.

From the market, we find the video encoding/decoding assistant: Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate which is eay to use, install and upgrade, professional video converer. You can import any 4K/HD video recordings you like, at the same time, you can choose any video format you want to convert, like the MP4, AVI, H.264, H.265, MOV, etc. Best of all, this software allows you to adjust the 4K/HD video related parameter for better compatibility. Big surprise: You also can edit hte videos in this software, like the video cutting, trimming, adding subtitles, watermark, text, etc.

Quick Guide: Getting The Desired Video Format

Step 1. First, you need to transfer the 4K/HD/SD video to your PC. Then launch the video converter on your PC, then click the "Folder" or "Video" icon to load source video files from your local computer to the program.

Step 2. Click the "Format" bar and open the drop-down list, select one video format you want. You can choose one video from the "HD Video" main category. You also can choose video format from the Common Video, TVs, Apple TV, NLE software, Android devices, etc.

Load Blu-ray/DVD/video source files

Optional Step: Click "Settings" to open "Profile Settings" window, here you can choose or specify the video parameters such as video/audio codecs, file size, bit rates, frame rates, etc as you like. You also can compress the 4K video to HD video by adjusting the 4K video resolution, gframe, etc without much quaity loss.

set the video

Step 3. Press the Convert button to begin the video conversion, Just wait for a while, this software will finish the complicated video conversion. Click Open to get the generated files.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Premiere Pro CC 2018 Supported Video Formats

The new features coming to Premiere Pro CC take new aim at collaborative editing and motion graphics workflows. In Premiere Pro CC 2018, video creators will find new ways of sharing projects, new ways of VR/360 video storytelling, and new ways to adapt motion graphics to fit project requirements. We all know to the first thing to edit the video in Premiere Pro CC 2018 is to import the videos to it smoothly, at the first step, most editors will meet the trouble, how to import the videos to Premiere Pro CC 2018 and do the happy video editing? You can get the effective solutions in this post.


After exploring Premiere Pro CC 2018, here are the 5 new features we're most excited about:

  1. Multiple Open Projects
  2. Shared Projects
  3. Immersive Video Effects and Transitions
  4. Responsive Design tools (Timing and Position)
  5. 8 New Label Colors

Premiere Pro CC 2018 Supported Video and Audio Formats

Formats 3GP, 3G2 (.3gp) AAC  Advanced Audio Coding Apple ProRes M2T
Details Multimedia container format Advanced Audio Coding Audio Interchange File Format Apple video compression format  Sony HDV
Formats ASF   ASND AVC-Infra AVI (.avi) M2TS
Details NetShow (Windows only) Adobe Sound Document Panasonic codec DV-AVI, Microsoft AVI Type 1 and Type 2 Blu-ray BDAV MPEG-2 Transport Stream, AVCHD
Details Broadcast WAVE format Supported in native MXF and QuickTime wrappers DNxHR LB, DNxHR SQ, DNxHR TR, DNxHR HQ, and DNxHR HQX Raw DV stream, a QuickTime format Container format in DVD media
Formats GIF H.264 AVC HEVC (H.265) M1V WAV
Details Animated GIF Various media that use H.264 encoding H.265 media with resolutions up to 8192x4320 MPEG-1 Video File Windows Waveform
Details Windows Media, Windows only Audio Project Format Files in .EXR, .MXR, and .SXR formats Media eXchange Format. MXF is a container format that supports
  • P2 Movie: Panasonic OP1b variant of MXF video in AVC-Intra LT and AVC-LongG, Panasonic Op-Atom variant of MXF video in DV, DVCPRO, DVCPRO 50, DVCPRO HD, AVC-Intra
  • Sony XDCAM HD 18/25/35 (4:2:0)
  • Sony XDCAM HD 50 (4:2:2)
  • AVC-LongGOP
  • XAVC Intra
  • XAVC LongGOP
  • JPEG2000
  • IMX 30/40/50

Premiere Pro CC 2018 Supported Native Camera Formats

Usually we take the video with camera, Premiere Pro CC 2018 can support the following native camera formats

Camera ARRI AMIRA camera Canon XF, Canon RAW Phantom Cine media Sony cameras
Details Premiere Pro provides built-in support for the ARRI AMIRA camera, with appropriate color LUTs applied as master clips on import. Canon XF and Canon RAW footage, including footage from Canon Cinema EOS C300 and C500 cameras. Import and edit Phantom Cine media shot on Vision Research Phantom cameras.
  • Sony XDCAM
  • Sony XDCAM 50
  • Sony XAVC
  • Sony XAVC LongGOP (Group of Pictures)
  • Sony XAVC-S
  • Sony SStP
  • Sony RAW (F65, F55, F5, FS700 cameras)  
Camera CinemaDNG Panasonic AVC, P2 cameras RED support
  • Blackmagic Cinema Camera
  • Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera
  • Convergent Design Odyssey7Q
  • Panasonic AVC Ultra
  • Panasonic AVCi 200
  • Panasonic AVC Ultra Long GOP (Group of Pictures)
  • Panasonic P2 cameras and across multiple P2 cards
  • Color Science like REDcolor2, REDgamma2, and REDlogFilm
  • RED Scarlet-X cameras with support for RED Rocket
  • Red Dragon including RED Dragon 6K

How to Import Any Videos into Premiere Pro CC 2018 for Editing

You may met this situation: fail to import some video to Premiere Pro CC, how to do? Most reasons are the video format incompatibility issue, you just need one video converter and convert the video to Premiere Pro CC 2018 friendly video formats, that's all. I highly recommend you  Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate (to get Mac version) which is an excellent video converter with the high stability and fast video conversion speed, you can import the multiple videos with different video formats and video size, for example: You can load the MP4, AVI, FLV, VOB, even including the DVD and Blu-ray disc, disc images and folder, you also can load the 4K , 8K videos to it, and output the Premiere most compatible video format - "MPEG-2".

Apart from ouput the Premiere presets with the best settings, this software also supplies massive optimized device presets for Apple devices, Android devices, non-linear editing software, game console, and others. This software also allows you to adjust the video parameters, like the video codec, audio codec, you can solve the codec incompatibility issue. For better video compatibility, you also can adjust the video frame, video resolution, video bitrate, audio sample rate, etc.

Even though this video converter is not a professional video editor, you still can so some simple video editing with the built-in video editor, you can add the funny subtitles to video which can support the SRT, ASS, SSA subtitles, you also can replace the music in video, trim the videos to clips, etc. More features, you can download it and have a try.

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Quick Guide: Convert video to Premiere Pro CC 2018 supported videos

Step 1. Load the videos

You can open this software and load the videos by clicking File, you also can drag the videos to it directly. If you want to save much time and energy, you can add the folder which holds multiple videos and do batch video conversion, you only can output the same video formats when you choose the batch video conversion.

Load the videos

Step 2. Choose output videos

Click Format button to start the output video list, you can choose one videos from different category, like the Common Video, HD Video, 3D Video, or the NLE preset.

Output Youtube best uploading format

To output the best video format for Premiere, you can navigate your cursor to "Adobe Premiere/Sony Ve..." and select "MPEG-2 (*.mpg)".

for premiere

If necessary, you can enter the video setting window and adjust the video related parameters, you also can compress the videos by adjusting the video resolution, for example: You can compress the 4K to HD video by adjusting the video resolution from the 3840p to 1080p, or compress the HD video to SD videos, you also can adjust the video frame and bitrate for uploading to YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, etc.

H.264 MP4

Step 3. Start the video conversion

Final step is coming, you just need to press the Convert button to start the video conversion. This software will finish this task with lighting fast speed.

When you get the perfect videos, you can import it to Premiere Pro CC 2018 and have a happy video editing.

Monday, June 4, 2018

How to Edit Sony 4K XAVC S with FCP

You can get high bit rate of 4K 100Mbps through use of the XAVC S format via Sony/Panasonic/Canon camcoders. As for post shooting, the 4K video content from the camcorder can be played back directly on a compatible 4K television through the supplied HDMI cable, or in super-sampled Full HD when connected to an HD TV. How about working them with Final Cut Pro?

Import Sony XAVC S to FCP with Sony Plug-in

As we all know that the XAVC S format record by Sony UHD camcoders is mainly designed to deliver 4K video signals with a resolution of 3840x2160, it is not an the native video editing codec for Final Cut Pro. To fix the workflow of XAVC S with FCP, sony has created a special plug-in for Mac which helps to provide support for XAVC S in FCP allowing viewing and editing capability. However, most people complain that the process to install plug in is very complicated, more worse, the plug-in some times don't even work at all.

Alternative way to ingest 4K XAVC S to FCP

If you are looking for a fast and fluid workflow of 4K XAVC S with FCP, the best way is transcoding 4K XAVC S to Final Cut Pro professional editing codec - Apple Prores 422 codec, a post-production format designed for pristine quality and high-performance Final Cut Pro real-time editing. In addition, if you Mac is very old or not has the capability to handle 4K video, it would be much better for you to compress 4K Prores to 1080p prores to fix video play backs choppy issues.

There is professional solution in hand called Pavtube iMedia Converter for Mac (to get Windows version), which enables you to directly wrap Sony 4K XAVC S to FCP  Apple Prores Codec in different file types.

If you computer is old or slow, or you just want to do some rough editing, you can select to output "Apple Prores 422(Proxy)(*.mov)"or "Apple Prores (LT)(*.mov)"format to save more space and bandwidth. However, if your Mac version is powerful enough to handle multicam and high-resolution video, even the 4K video and you are going to do many effects editing work with FCP, you'd better choose to output "Apple Prores 422(*.mov)"or "Apple Prores 422(HQ)(*.mov)"for better performance.

How to to encode and compress 4K XAVC S to 1080P Prores for FCP?

Step 1: Import 4K XAVC S videos.

From "File"drop-down option, select "add Video/Audio"to add source 4K XAVC S video files to the program.

Import 4K XAVC S videos.

Step 2: Select output file format.

Click "Format"bar, from its drop-down list, select "Final Cut Pro"> "Apple Prores 422(*.mov)"as your desired output file format.

Choose Apple Prores 422 format

Step 3: Adjust video parameters

Open "Profile Settings" window, you can edit video codec, resolution, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate. channels here. To keep the output video resoltuion as 4K, just set it as 3840*2160; to compress 4K to 1080p, you can change the resolution to 1920*1080.

compress 4k proes to 1080p

Step 4: Convert 4K XAVC S to Apple Prores format.

Go back to the main interface and press the "Convert"icon on the right-bottom to start Sony 4K XAVC S to Final Cut Pro Apple Prores process.

When the conversion is done, you can easily import the converted video to FCP  for furthering professional editing.