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Treasured's Movie Repair Guide -- Sony XAVC

Adoption of 4K by Production and Broadcast industries requires a light-footprint format that can be handled by todays disks and machines.

Sony proposes a Long-GOP H.264 based format for 4K recording, for those who don't need or can't afford RAW capabilities: Sony XAVC

Vendor: Sony
Models: PXW-Z100, PMW-300, PMW-400, CineAlta PMW F5 and CineAlta PMW F55
Status: Treasured version 3 detects and previews XAVC recorded by those cameras.

Note that those cameras are also capable of recording in other video formats like Sony RAW or MPEG2 HD422 and also work with ProRes recorders through HDMI and 3G HD-SDI output.

Sony PMW F5, ready to record in 4K XAVC format

source: Sony

XAVC comes in 3 main flavors:

Failure Modes

The causes of failure reported by Sony XAVC users needing to repair files are:


Treasured (since version 3) can detect Sony XAVC footage in recovered files (regardless of extension i.e. ".RSV" or ".MXF"), in cards and in hard disks.

Treasured supports all XAVC flavors:

Since 2013 we have successfully repaired Sony XAVC footage by developing specific Repair Kits:


Sony XAVC-I repairs are only available through our 4K and Cinema plans.
Sony XAVC-L repairs are available through our professional plans.

Free Preview of corrupt Sony XAVC videos with:


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