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In a brilliant move forward as a response to the disaster occurred in Japan in March 2011 Sony unveiled a light-footprint format that can be handled by disks and machines available by then.

The adoption of 4K by Production and Broadcast industries was then almost instinctive due to the lack of alternatives to the HDCAM-SR tapes.

On October 2012, Sony launched a Long-GOP H.264 based format for 4K recording for those who don't need or can't afford RAW capabilities: Sony XAVC

This brave decision against the adversity turned into a competitive advantage of almost two years ahead of competitors, democratizing the use of 4K and giving them a leadership position in the recording industry.

Repair your damaged Sony F5 XAVC files
source: Sony.com

XAVC format is encoded in 5 different variants:

  • XAVC-I  — Intra Frame —  for highest quality, in MXF files
  • XAVC-L  — Long GOP —  for efficient recording, in MXF files
  • XAVC-S, in MP4 files, used by Sony Alpha or Sony AX cameras
  • XAVC HS, featured in Sony A7S mark III and other recent cameras
  • XAVC S-I, the All-Intra variant of XAVC-S

Besides XAVC, Sony camcorders and CineAlta cameras can also record in Sony RAW, MPEG2 HD422 and even in ProRes through HDMI and 3G HD-SDI output.
Most popular models are the handheld Sony PXW-Z280, shoulder camcorders PXW-X320 and PXW-X400, and cinema-oriented FS5 and FS7 cameras.

XAVC files are routinely repaired by our service

Failure modes

Main causes of failure reported by XAVC users, leading to a repair of corrupted files, are:

Power failures

  • Device was turned off during recording (clip not finalized)
    Leaving behind a RSV file
  • Loss of power during recording. System shutdown
  • Accidental deletion of MXF files

Storage failures

  • MXF footage doesn't preview in Sony Content Browser
  • MXF files recovered or undeleted are corrupted
  • XQD card has been formatted by accident

Whenever you can't open your XAVC file or you find some issues importing your clips, we've got you covered to make your recordings playable again.

Try Treasured on your damaged XAVC files!

Our service offers:

  • FREE diagnostics and preview with Treasured
  • FREE sample of repaired video
  • Try before you buy with a FREE trial of your Repair Kit
  • Enjoy FREE customer support by speaking directly with our trained experts
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Treasured detects Sony XAVC footage in recovered files regardless of extension — either RSV, MXF or MP4 — inside formatted cards and also in damaged hard disks.

All different resolutions found in XAVC files are supported.

  • 4K (DCI) 4096x2160
  • QuadHD (QFHD) 3840x2160
  • 2K 2048x1080
  • HD 1920x1080

Solution: Your Repair Kit, developed by our technicians

Since 2013, we have successfully repaired Sony XAVC footage by developing and providing specific Repair Kits to our customers.

  • Same quality is preserved in the repaired files as it was originally recorded.
  • Repaired Videos come in MXF containers and are fully compatible with production workflows, exactly the same way as normal footage is.