How to import videos from a7riii to iPad

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flykiller Regular Member • Posts: 193
How to import videos from a7riii to iPad

I recorded videos and connected my so to lightning adapter but it only shows the photos?

Isabel Cutler
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Re: I wonder about the capacity of the Ipad

flykiller wrote:

I recorded videos and connected my so to lightning adapter but it only shows the photos?

Video files are huge.

Seems to me sending them to a tablet is maybe not a good idea?

What about uploading them to Dropbox and then accessing them through Dropbox on your Ipad?

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OP flykiller Regular Member • Posts: 193
Re: I wonder about the capacity of the Ipad

Well I bought the iPad for traveling purposes do edit on the go but it seems that I can’t view them on an iPad while traveling?

Onur Otlu
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Re: How to import videos from a7riii to iPad

Hello,

I did a bit of searching online regarding this topic, and from what I read (and see in some YouTube videos), when you're using the XAVC-S codec, you can see the videos shot by the camera and import them when:

- You're using the USB Camera Connection Kit,

- The camera's "USB Power Supply" setting is off,

- Camera's USB connection mode is set to "MTP".

At these conditions, you can see the videos at the Photos app "Import" tab when you connect the camera to the iPad/iPhone, and import them to the iOS device.

I haven't used this myself (my original A7 shoots AVCHD video, which does not appear on iOS no matter what you do), but perhaps you could check out some of the video tutorials that show this, and if you have the Camera Connection Kit, give it a try?

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OP flykiller Regular Member • Posts: 193
Re: How to import videos from a7riii to iPad
Andrew Mac Forum Member • Posts: 97
Re: How to import videos from a7riii to iPad

flykiller wrote:

Thanks, are you referring to this item https://www.apple.com/au/shop/product/MK0W2AM/A/lightning-to-usb-3-camera-adapter?fnode=91 ?

Yes, that's the one I have to import from my A9.

The SD Card reader will let you pull off photos but you need that one for videos.

Not all of the A9 codecs work though the best quality ones do.  Its worth filming a few clips as testers so you can know what works for 4k / 1080 / slomo.

If you haven't already come across it I'd also highly recommend having a look at Lumafusion for editing.

Mikess1
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Re: How to import videos from a7riii to iPad

flykiller wrote:

I recorded videos and connected my so to lightning adapter but it only shows the photos?

You need this I edit 4k video I use a app call LumaFusion

SD Card Reader, YKSH Camera Lightning Photo Scrolling USB OTG SDHC Micro SD Card Adapter https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01CJEQ8AU/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_nWlTBbXV8ECXM

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OP flykiller Regular Member • Posts: 193
Re: How to import videos from a7riii to iPad

Mikess1 wrote:

flykiller wrote:

I recorded videos and connected my so to lightning adapter but it only shows the photos?

You need this I edit 4k video I use a app call LumaFusion

SD Card Reader, YKSH Camera Lightning Photo Scrolling USB OTG SDHC Micro SD Card Adapter https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01CJEQ8AU/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_nWlTBbXV8ECXM

This adapter allows the import of videos?

OP flykiller Regular Member • Posts: 193
Re: How to import videos from a7riii to iPad

Andrew Mac wrote:

flykiller wrote:

Thanks, are you referring to this item https://www.apple.com/au/shop/product/MK0W2AM/A/lightning-to-usb-3-camera-adapter?fnode=91 ?

Yes, that's the one I have to import from my A9.

The SD Card reader will let you pull off photos but you need that one for videos.

Not all of the A9 codecs work though the best quality ones do. Its worth filming a few clips as testers so you can know what works for 4k / 1080 / slomo.

If you haven't already come across it I'd also highly recommend having a look at Lumafusion for editing.

thanks. I have LumaFusion! Great app

Mikess1
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Re: How to import videos from a7riii to iPad

flykiller wrote:

Mikess1 wrote:

flykiller wrote:

I recorded videos and connected my so to lightning adapter but it only shows the photos?

You need this I edit 4k video I use a app call LumaFusion

SD Card Reader, YKSH Camera Lightning Photo Scrolling USB OTG SDHC Micro SD Card Adapter https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01CJEQ8AU/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_nWlTBbXV8ECXM

This adapter allows the import of videos?

Yes and if you use LumaFusion you can edit 4k video on your iPad

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andyhi New Member • Posts: 12
Re: How to import videos from a7riii to iPad
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I went through this recently with my RX100 V and would like to add some notes for others who stumble across this thread...

Onur Otlu wrote:

Hello,

I did a bit of searching online regarding this topic, and from what I read (and see in some YouTube videos), when you're using the XAVC-S codec, you can see the videos shot by the camera and import them when:

For most (all?) of the Sony 4k cameras to record in XAVC-S format you must use a minimum 64GB SDXC U3 card. If the camera detects a smaller or slower card, it will only record in the lower bandwidth AVCHD format.

- You're using the USB Camera Connection Kit,

Both the powered and non-powered USB 3.0 Camera Connection Kits work... SD CARD READER will NOT work even on IOS 12.0. I can't speak for the original USB 2.x camera connection kit.

- The camera's "USB Power Supply" setting is off,

Only needed for *some* cameras if using the NON-POWERED USB3 Camera Connection Kit. If your camera draws too much power via USB, you will get power draw warnings/disconnect. Either turn this setting off in the camera menu so the camera runs off battery or if you have the powered camera connection kit, connect it to external power via the additional lightning power in port.

- Camera's USB connection mode is set to "MTP".

An absolute requirement. In my experience Auto swaps the (RX100M5) between Mass Storage and PC Remote.... so of the 4 choices MTP must be manually set instead of the default AUTO.

At these conditions, you can see the videos at the Photos app "Import" tab when you connect the camera to the iPad/iPhone, and import them to the iOS device.

I haven't used this myself (my original A7 shoots AVCHD video, which does not appear on iOS no matter what you do), but perhaps you could check out some of the video tutorials that show this, and if you have the Camera Connection Kit, give it a try?

***VERY IMPORTANT TROUBLESHOOTING STEP WHEN IMPORT ACTS FLAKY***

If you have ever manually moved/deleted XAVC-S video files out of the private folder of the SD card, there is strong chance you will have an issue with the native import process on IOS 11.x and 12.0. Best I can tell, the camera keeps a database of known video files which is used to populate the in camera review/playback menu. I.e Display all 4k videos, all pictures, all files taken on X date, etc. If you have invalid references in this DB, it causes issues for the import process. This can manifest as a video object showing up on the IOS import screen with no preview thumbnail. Sometimes valid videos that are on the SD card simply don't show up as importable. Other times the import process randomly stalls on a particular video.

Some work arounds I've come up with...

*** Potential Data Loss Warning ***

Open the camera playback menu and manually delete every video with missing/blank thumbnail. If you are traveling with only an IOS device, this is likely your best option.

Move all desired pictures / video off the card then simply delete all contents or reformat the file system of the card.

Alternative: I believe Deleting/Renaming the PRIVATE folder in the root of the card likely resets this DB.

Someone with more time on their hand might find the exact DB (XML?) file(s) that need to be removed.

*** END Potential Data Loss Warning ***

The Recover Image DB option in the camera menu does not seem to resolve the issue.

I don't know if the video/image db issue affects LumaFusion import.

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