Note that this guide focuses on post-production knowledge that is relevant to using this camera.
For the full camera manual from the manufacturer, see the very bottom of this page.
The files recorded on the A7s are in XAVC-S format and use MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 compression. The MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 video codec requires a lot of processing power for real time playback, so it is suggested that you transcode your footage before editing to reduce rendering time and drain on the processor. See the steps below for how to transcode.
For Post Production
Starting a Project
- Open Adobe Premiere Pro and create a New Project, then give it a name.
- Under "Location," use the "Browse" button to navigate to the folder on your external hard drive where you want to save your project. It should be a completely separate one from where you saved your camera files.
- Under the "Scratch Disks" tab, make sure the drop-down menus for Captured Media, Previews, and Auto-Save are set to "Same as Project." This will save these files to the folder you selected above.
- Under the Ingest tab, make sure all options are unchecked.
- Select "OK."
Importing Your Media
- The easiest way to import footage in Premiere is through the Media Browser, usually found in the lower left corner of the program. If you don’t see it, go to Window > Media Browser.
- Inside the Media Browser window, navigate to the "PRIVATE>XDROOT" folder on your hard drive, not your card, select it, and then right mouse click and select "Import".
- The clips will now show up in your project window, and you can begin editing them immediately.
Transcoding Your Media
Adobe Premiere is designed to work natively with many video formats. Unfortunately, editing some video formats directly from the camera can cause unstable playback and the need for frequent rendering.
We suggest that you transcode your media before editing in Premiere. Adobe Prelude is Adobe’s best solution to this step in the process.
- Open Prelude, create a new project and save it to a separate folder on your hard drive.
- Locate the "Ingest" button in the top menu bar to open the Ingest window.
- Use the browser window on the left side of the Ingest window to locate your MEDIA FOLDER on your hard drive, not your card.
- Check the folder in the bottom right-hand corner to enable its ingestion.
- In the Transfer window on the right side of the Ingest window, check “Transfer Clips to Destination.” This setting will copy your media to the folder of your choice after transcoding. We recommend making a completely new folder for this.
- If you want to create an additional folder inside the folder you selected above, check “Add Subfolder” and choose a name for it.
- Check “Transcode”.
- Under the “Format” drop-down menu, select QuickTime.
- In the “Preset” drop-down menu, select “Apple ProRes 422 (HQ)”.
- Finally, select the Ingest button to the lower right corner of the window to transcode and copy your media. This may take some time depending on how much footage you have.
- This transcoded media can now be imported into Premiere in an edit-ready format.
- You can import your transcoded media to Premiere using the workflow above, or right mouse click the clips in Prelude and select “Send to Premiere.”