Summary: The easy workaround to get Sony Vegas Pro work with Sony PMW-F5/PMW-F55/PMW-F65/PXW-Z100 XAVC footage is to Convert XAVC to MPEG2 which ensures the best result when using in Sony Vegas Pro 11.
Look at a user question, “Can Vegas Pro 11 edit XAVC files from the Sony PMW-F5 camcorder? The Sony site lists various compatible editors for this camcorder, but does not list Vegas (it includes Final Cut, Avid etc).”
The Vegas Pro 11 collection offers an efficient and intuitive environment for professional audio and video production. This comprehensive suite offers the most robust and progressive platform available for content creation and production. With innovative stereoscopic 3D tools, broad format support, superior video effects processing, unparalleled audio support, and a full complement of editorial features, the Vegas Pro 11 collection delivers everything needed to produce outstanding results. If you are new to Sony XAVC camcorders, you may have problem to edit Sony PMW-F5, PMW-F55, PMW-F65, PXW-Z100, etc XAVC footage in Sony Vegas Pro 11.
In order to solve this problem you can try out UFUSoft XAVC Converter and transcode the XAVC clips into less compressed MPEG2 for editing. The MPEG2 works great for editing in Vegas. Check a step-by-step instruction on how to convert Sony XAVC footage to MPEG2 for Sony Vegas Pro 11.
Step 1: Start up UFUSoft XAVC to MPEG2 Converter for Vegas. Click “Add video” button to load XAVC clips captured by Sony PMW-F5/PMW-F55/PMW-F65/PXW-Z100.
Step 2: Choose “MPEG-2 (*.mpg)” as output format from “Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas” profile list.
Step 3: Click “Convert” button to start Sony XAVC to Sony Vegas Pro 11 Conversion. When the conversion is done, click “Open” button to get the generated MPEG-2 .mpg files for editing in Vegas Pro 11.
Step 4: Import the converted Sony XAVC files in .mpg format to Sony Vegas
Follow File > Import > Media… to browse and load the transcoded Sony PMW-F5/PMW-F55/PMW-F65/PXW-Z100 footage to Sony Vegas Pro 11 for extending editing.