Avid 4K Workflow: Downscaling PIX-E5 4K for Editing in Avid MC

The easy workaround to fix PIX-E5 4K and Avid MC incompatibity issues is to downscale 4K to 1080p DNxHD to work with Avid Media Composer perfectly. 

Compact and powerful, the Video Devices PIX-E5 5" 4K Recording Video Monitor can record DCI 4K an UHD 4K (4096 x 2160) video over HDMI and 6G-SDI to SpeedDrive SSDs in the Apple ProRes format at frame rates up to 30 fps. However, compatibility issue is quite common in the video world, which is also true to the stunning 4K Prores codec captured by PIX-E5. In this article, we will talk about the ultra high video resolution 4K Prores and Avid MC workflow. If you're planning to import PIX-E5 4K Prores video to Avid Media Composer 8/7/6/5 for editing, read on to find something you need.

Searching online, some guys mentioned ProRes workflow on Media Composer. Yes, ProRes can be used in Avid Media Composer with AMA. As far as I know things are a little more complicated with ProRes. Actually, it's too long for AMA to be effective I tried it. Becides, AMA linking to the ProRes QT files will not allow for the clips to be consolidated. Something else, there's actually no way to edit a 4K project natively with Avid MC. In most cases, editing 4K in Avid Media Composer is very taxing on your computer. In order to work PIX-E5 4K Prores footage in Avid MC smoothly, a better way is to transcode 4K ProRes to a more "edit" friendly codec- DNxHD(1080p would be the best settings).

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As the best Apple ProRes decoder, it's able to convert PIX-E5 4K ProRes files to DNxHD video for Avid MC native editing. Besides, with it you can also convert PIX-E5 4K ProRes to any other video or audio formats including AVI, MP4, WMV, MOV, 3GP, MKV, VOB, FLV, AAC, MP3 and more. Some simple video editing functions like trim, crop, add watermark/effects are also provided for you. What's more, it provides hundreds of output format presets for 4K videos, such as DNxHD for Avid, Apple ProRes for Final Cut Pro, H.264 MOV for Adobe Premiere Pro. For Windows users, Dimo Video Converter Ultimate is the alternative choice. Just download it and follow the tutorial below to get the work done.

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Steps to Transcode PIX-E5 4K Apple ProRes media to DNxHD For Avid MC on Mac 

Step 1: Install and launch the ProRes to DNxHD converter. Click "Add File" button to load individual 4K prores video for converting or directly drag the footage from PIX-E5 to the program.  

Step 2: Click "Select Format" preset and choose "Editor" -> "DNxHD 720p" or "DNxHD 1080p" as the best video format for editing PIX-E5 Apple ProRes in Avid with good video quality. 

Tip: You need to set Video Resolution at 1080p before conversion. Click "Settings" button; you can adjust video and audio settings, including codec, aspect ratio, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate, and audio channel. To down-convert ultra HD 4K to 1080p, do remember adjusting video size to 1920*1080. That is the exact 1080p. 

Step 3: Hit "Start" button to start PIX-E5 4K ProRes .mov to DNxHD .mov conversion. You can follow the conversion process from the pop-up windows. After the conversion, launch Avid Media Composer and import the convert DNxHD files to Avid MC to create a project for smooth and native editing. No more worries about the Apple ProRes incompatibility with Avid Media Composer. 

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