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Q – When Shooting RAW, is the best way to obtain other formats (such as ProRes) from RAW files to use Blackmagic Da Vinci Resolve?
A - Correct. You can use the BM Resolve “Lite” (free) version if you want to convert from RAW 4K to HD. You can also use this program as a free XAVC Reader. However, you will need to use the BM Resolve “Full” (paid) version if you want to convert from 4K to HD and above (i.e. 2K, 4K)
Q – Is using YoYotta not appropriate for freelance shooting operators?
A - YoYotta is a fully featured DIT application. It all depends on whether the operators want a “Data Wrangling” (Backup only) or “DIT” (Backup, apply LUTs, create Dailies) service
Q - Only Sony Vegas can currently native edit with all XAVC formats?
A - Correct, Sony Vegas Pro V12 supports the Sony XAVC format
Q – What is the current editing situation for XAVC HD and XAVC4K for the other platforms?
AVID PC - Supported, with Avid Media Composer V6.5 plus Sony plug-in (XAVC HD) - http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/pdzk-ma2
AVID MAC - Supported, with Avid Media Composer V6.5 plus Sony plug-in (XAVC HD) - http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/pdzk-ma2
FCP 7 - Not supported, will require a transcode to ProRes via BM DaVinci Resolve
FCPX - Not supported, will require a transcode to ProRes via BM DaVinci Resolve
Premiere Pro PC - Supported, with Adobe Premiere CS6 plus Rovi plug-in (XAVC HD/4K) - http://www.mainconcept.com/fileadmin/newsletter/individual_letter/Sony-TCAP_v5.html
Premiere Pro Mac - Not supported, will require a transcode to ProRes via BM DaVinci Resolve
Q – When are some of the other features (such as 2K) going to be released?
A - Sony has released the development roadmap for the F5 and F55, where they detail the features that will be released with future firmware revisions.
There’s a post by Peter Crithary that illustrates the anticipated release schedule. http://community.sony.com/t5/F5-F55/Firmware-Timeline/td-p/73273
Q - Where can I find the drivers for the SxS cards and AXS Reader?