Feature request: Support XAVC QFHD video file format

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While I understand I can use tools such as HandBrake to encode into different formats, having native XAVC QFHD support for 4K video from Sony cameras would be wonderful. This would save quite a bit of workflow time.
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Does your Camera support any other formats that Camtasia supports? 
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Sony XAVC support from is improved in the upcoming maintenance (2020.0.3). No guarantees it will work with every file out there, but we did get some example XAVCs from Tech Support that did not work in 2020.0.2 that will work in 2020.0.3.
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I am on 2020.0.2 now, and the Sony XAVC QFHD 4k (60 Mbps) videos I record will not work in Camtasia. I get "The following file(s) are not supported and cannot be imported: ..." when I try to import. I have not tried the 100Mbps option for XAVC QFHD. I will test again when 2020.0.3 is released.
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I upgraded to 2020.0.3 today. I am unable to drag XAVC QFD files directly into Camtasia. The Import Media button does not recognize *.MXF files by default. Changing the filename filter to *.*, choosing a sample XAVC QFD file (.MXF extension) results in the import error below.

Can you elaborate on what specific support for XAVC Camtasia has (HD, QFD, ...)?

What other things I can try?

I can play the file just fine in VLC. I have also attached a VLC "Current Media Information" capture of the file from the Sony camera. I am essentially using out-of-the-box defaults for the Sony 4k file format.





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For 4k recording, the camera only supports XAVC QFHD. It's a Sony PXW-Z150. The 1080p recording formats supported are XAVC QFHD, XAVC HD, MPEG HD422, MPEG HD420, and AVCHD. The only format supported by Camtasia is AVCHD (and I can only record 1080p for this format). For 4k, I need to record in XAVC QFHD.

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Bump...

Can TechSmith elaborate on what specific support for XAVC Camtasia has (HD, QFD, ...)?

What other things I can try?
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Heres a support article      https://support.techsmith.com/hc/en-us/articles/203728978-Camtasia-Supported-File-Formats-on-Windows

Conversion is probably your only option.


You can click Windows File Explorer to see what's supported as well.
Unfortunately, XAVC isn't one of them.



Regards,Joe
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Thanks, Joe. Clint posted above, "Sony XAVC support ... is improved in the upcoming maintenance (2020.0.3)." This implies that Camtasia had some level of XAVC support and is supposed to be better now. I don't see any support for XAVC. I assume this is when people switch to more expensive tools to streamline workflow.  It seems like a basic Sony 4k format should be supported. Adding a transcoding step to the workflow really slows things down.
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If this footage is a smaller part of a larger Camtasia produced project . Then conversion may be a logical route to follow.

You may want to look at Shotcut for your 4K needs?https://shotcut.org/
Shotcut is a free, open source, cross-platform video editor.
I've never used it myself.
They claim this ...........Supports hundreds of audio and video formats and codecs thanks to FFmpeg. 
Its supposed to be a feature rich editor that's easy to use. There are a lot of free editors out there. It seems AVCHD and XAVC is not widely supported. I'm betting Shotcut does.
I've played around with most editing programs, found out about this one a few months ago. It looks semi-fantastic. Haven't gotten around to using it yet. {:>(

If I gotta do this



I look for a better way.
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I'll take a look. I may have to pony up for Adobe Premier.

https://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-pro/using/supported-file-formats.html

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I installed Shotcut. Wow! It quickly loads my 4k files. It appears to solve another problem I have -- using OBS as my webcam source. I see SDI sources are also supported. These extra sources will be great. I'll definitely be playing with this. Thanks, Joe!
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Reached out to support to try and get this to work. It's an A6400 in XAVC-S @ 60MB (which returns an MP4 natively from the camera). Can be imported but the video file is glitchy, green blocks, yellow tone, just bad. Same thing happened even when waiting an eon for Handbrake to convert. Looks like I'll have to use something else for screen recording, dump the Camtasia features and edit it all somewhere else too. It's funny how an open-source Shotcut can do this, same with Filmora, just not Camtasia. Seems like a sizeable product misstep.
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