$89 (US)

Version 1.0

The nablet XAVC S AMA Plug-in allows you to link, play and edit Sony XAVC S footage in MP4 container via AMA in Avid editing products. It supports XAVC S LongGOP 4:2:0 up to 4K resolution and up to 240 fps as well as XAVC S Intra 4:2:2 HD. Some of the latest Avid products that may also support linking of XAVC S files, but the nablet XAVC S AMA Plug-in is also able to link whole volumes at once which will speed up your workflow. Furthermore, the nablet XAVC S AMA Plug-in reads and interprets most of the important metadata that is encapsulated in the XAVC S media.

Many customers have asked us for a solution to support NXCAM camcorders and other cameras with XAVC S recording capabilities.

Free demo versions are available for download below. In demo mode, a nablet logo will be added to decoded images but otherwise the plugin is fully functional. Click here or click the “Buy Now” button below to purchase a license key and unlock the plugin to make the logo disappear. You do not need to re-link clips that were previously linked in demo mode. However, transcodings, consolidations and video mixdowns have to be re-done since they have been encoded with the logo in the source image.

Demo Downloads

Supported Operating Systems

Windows

  • Windows 10 64-bit
  • Windows 8.1 64-bit
  • Windows 8 64-bit
  • Windows 7 64-bit

Mac

  • macOS 10.12 Sierra
  • OS X 10.11 El Capitan
  • OS X 10.10 Yosemite

Supported Avid Products

  • Avid Media Composer v7.0.7 and v8.3 up to v8.9, latest releases
  • Avid Media Composer | First v8.8.5, v8.9, latest releases

Prerequisites

You cannot install the AMA Plug-ins while the editing application background services are running. Make sure you stop the services before installing AMA Plug-Ins. The stop/start background services icon is on the Media Composer menu bar (Macintosh) or taskbar (Windows). Once you have installed the new AMA plug-in, restart the services. See “Starting and Stopping Avid Background Services” in the Media Composer Help.

Install Instructions Windows

  1. Download the installer package “nablet_XAVC_S_Plugin_Setup_Win_1.0.0.zip” and unpack it.
  2. Double click “nablet_XAVC_S_Plugin_Setup_Win_1.0.0.exe” to run the installation.
  3. Follow the instructions provided by the installer. You must read and accept to the End User License. If you already own a license key file pass it’s path when asked. If you used a temporary key which you received for test purposes you can update it now with the key you purchased.
  4. During the installation any previous version of the nablet XAVC S plug-in will be updated.

Uninstall Instructions Windows

  1. Open Windows Control Panel and lauch “Programs and Features”.
  2. Select “nablet XAVC S Plug-In” and then select Uninstall.
  3. Next, select Yes to confirm the removal.
  4. The nablet XAVC S Plug-in and the license key file are now removed.

Install Instructions Mac

  1. Download the installer package “nablet_XAVC_S_Plugin_Setup_Mac_1.0.0.zip” and unpack it.
  2. Double-click “nablet_XAVC_S_AMA_Plugin_Setup_Mac_1.0.0.dmg” to mount the image.
  3. A folder with “nablet_XAVC_S_AMA_Plugin_Setup_Mac_1.0.0.pkg” opens.
  4. Lauch “nablet_XAVC_S_AMA_Plugin_Setup_Mac_1.0.0.pkg” to run the installation.
  5. Follow the instructions provided by the Installer application. You must read and accept to the End User License. If you already own a license key file pass it’s path when asked. If you used a temporary key which you received for test purposes you can update it now with the key you purchased.
  6. During the installation any previous version of the nablet XAVC S plug-in will be updated.

Uninstall Instructions Mac

  1. Locate the directory “Library/Application Support/Avid/AVX2_Plug-ins/AMA/nablet”.
  2. Delete the nablet_MVP_MSP_XAVC_S.avx file.
  3. Delete the license key file nablet_XAVCS_Plugin_my_name.key.
  4. Empty the Trash to completely erase the files from the system.

Current Version: 1.0

Verifying the Plug-in Version

After installation the “nablet XAVC S Plug-in”will be available to Avid Editing products. To verify the version follow the steps below:

  1. In Avid open the the Console window by selecting Tools->Console
  2. In the Console, type “Ama_ListPlugins” and press [Enter].
  3. Confirm the version number listed for the “nablet XAVC S Plug-in” is v 1.0.0

Unlocking the Plug-in from Demo Mode

As long as the plug-in runs in demo mode a nablet logo will be imprinted into the decode images. To purchase licenses for the nablet XAVC S AMA Plug-in, click here. If you need more than 10 licenses or are an educational institution please contact sales@nablet.com for discounts.

For each license you purchase you will receive a key file to unlock the plug-in.

  1. Shut down Media Composer and the Background Services.
  2. Run the XAVC S plug-in installer again, follow the instructions and pass the path to the key file when asked.
  3. Restart Media Composer.

Keep a copy of the key file in a safe place. You will need it again after the plug-in had been uninstalled. Do not rename or modifiy the license key file otherwise. It will become unsable.

The key must be used on a single computer only. You must purchase one license for each workplace in your company where the nablet XAVC S plug-in is used.

Once the license key has been validated by the plug-in, the nablet logo will disappear from the linked clips. Now redo any transcodings, consolidations and video mix downs which have been done during the evaluation period and which show the logo.

Folders and Clips on XAVC S volumes

XAVC S files use the MP4 container and devices store the recorded clips into a specific folder structure on the media:

Cameras which can optionally record other Sony formats my also use this structure:

It is recommended to completely copy these folder structures from each recording media onto your computer or a separate storage. Each media’s content shall be copied into a new folder with an individual name, for example describing scene and location. Do not attempt to copy the content over an existing structure. You will make it un-linkable and may lose data.

If your device wrote a PRIVATE folder but does not contain recordings of other formats or you do not intend to edit the other formats, you may omit to copy the whole structure but only copy the M4ROOT folder. This will also avoid troubles on some versions of Media Composer where its built-in AVCHD plugin will claim the volume for itself, regardless whether the AVCHD folder contains clips or not. In general, to avoid problems in editing systems, it is not recommended to record different formats onto the same media.

Do not remove or manually edit any of the XML files in an XAVC S volume. They contain important meta data and the volume will fail to be linked if they are missing or modified. If you wish to review the copied volumes to e.g. sort out failed shots before you start linking and editing, we recommend to use the Sony Catalyst Browse tool. This tool allows to remove clips while it updates the volumes meta data.

Do not attempt to edit footage directly from the recording media. It will slow down the processing and the media cannot be reused for recording until the editing project is finished.

Auto Mount

When you insert the recording media into a card reader which is connected to your PC or when you connect your camera to your PC via USB while Media Composer is running, it may detect the volume(s) and automatically link the clips into a new bin. While this procedure seems to be convenient, please keep in mind that the footage still remains on the recording media. Once the media is removed or disconnected the footage will appear offline. Use this way of linking only when you want to immediately transcode or consolidate the footage for editing. However, editing with linked XAVC S clips directly will produce less overhead and may require less disk space.

Linking to a Sony XAVC S Volume on Media Composer 8.6 and Later

  1. Select the desired destination bin in the project.
  2. From the menu bar Select File>Input>Source Browser.
  3. Inside the Source Browser navigate to the desired volume.
  4. Select the volume root which must be the folder above M4ROOT.
  5. Hit Link button on the bottom right.

Linking to a Sony XAVC S Volume on Media Composer 8.5 and Earlier

  1. Select the desired destination bin in the project.
  2. From the menu bar Select File> AMA Link… (“Link to Media…” if using Avid MC 8.4).
  3. From the Files of Type pull down menu select “Sony XAVC S (Folder)”.
  4. Select the volume root which must be the folder above M4ROOT.
  5. Select Open.

Linking to Sony XAVC S files on Media Composer 8.6 and Later

  1. Select the desired destination bin in the project.
  2. From the menu bar Select File->Input->Source Browser.
  3. In the Source Browser navigate to the XAVC S file(s) to be linked.
  4. Select and Right click the desired file(s) and select “Link with -> Sony XAVC S”.
  5. Hit the Link button on the bottom right.

Linking to Sony Sony XAVC S files on Media Composer 8.5 and Earlier

  1. Select the desired destination bin in the project.
  2. From the menu bar Select File> AMA Link… (“Link to Media…” if using Avid MC 8.4/8.5).
  3. From the Files of Type pull down menu select “Sony XAVC S (*.mp4)”.
  4. Select the file(s) to be linked.
  5. Hit the Open button on the bottom right.

Performance Problems with Source Browser of Media Composer 8.6 and Later

In some cases the Media Composer Source Browser will be very slow and sometimes behave erratically when you attempt to link single clips rather than a whole volume. If you frequently face issues with the Source Browser, an option is to use the legacy link dialog instead. This dialog is still available under Media Composer 8.6 and later, but it is hidden. To make it available persistently select Tools → Console and in the consoles command line type ToggleHideLinkMenus and hit Enter. (To hide the dialog again repeat the command). Now proceed linking clips and volumes as described for Media Composer 8.5.

Know Issues and Limitations

  • For Media with a PRIVATE root folder and an AVCHD folder besides the M4ROOT folder some versions of Media Composer may not access the nablet XAVC S plugin to link this media. Instead the built-in AVCHD plugin will claim this media. A workaround is to remove the AVCHD folder if it doesn’t contain clips, or rename it, e.g. to “AVCHD_”.
  • Sony cameras that utilize the folder structure with the capability of recording AVCHD will not auto mount in Avid Media Composer. The user must link to them manually.
  • Depending on the computers hardware specification XAVC S QFHD footage may not be played back in real-time with the Video Quality Menu option set to Full Quality.
  • After transcoding a clip or after performing a video mix down, some versions of Media Composer will not set a desired lower Video Quality when playing back the source file. Toggle the Video Quality setting once when you encounter a performance loss during playback

Frequently check for updates of nablet AMA plug-ins at http://www.nablet.com/ama-plugins/ or subscribe to the nablet newsletter.

For support and any questions about this product, e-mail ama_plugin_support@nablet.com.

To purchase licenses for the nablet XAVC S AMA Plug-in, click here. If you need more than 10 licenses or are educational institute please contact sales@nablet.com for discounts.

Developed under license from Sony Corporation and Avid Technology, Inc.
Avid, Avid Media Composer and Avid NewsCutter are registered trademarks of Avid Technology, Inc.
Sony, X-OCN, XDCAM, XAVC are registered trademarks of Sony Corporation.
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