The easy workaround to import and edit Sony PXW-X70 XAVC footage in Final Cut Pro 7/X is to convert Sony XAVC to FCP compatible ProRes MOV files. Here is how.
Sony PXW-X70, an ultra-compact XDCAM, records broadcast quality 1920 x 1080 HD video using a variety of codecs, at 4:2:2 10-bit in XAVC Long-GOP codec as well as AVCHD and DV format. Overall we are expecting the image to be most exciting from the PXW-X70. However, if we want to import the XAVC videos from Sony PXW-X70 to Final Cut Pro 7 or FCP X for editing the movies, you may find the high quality XAVC files are not recognized by FCP. So what's the available workflow for Sony PXW-X70 and FCP?
The basic reason why we can't work Sony PXW-X70 with Final Cut Pro is that XAVC codec is a new one, and is not widely supported. Apple does not respond on these forums and no one here knows or can say when, if ever, XVAC will be natively supported by FCP 7 and FCP X. To edit the Sony XAVC footage in FCP smoothly, the easy workaround is to convert XAVC to ProRes, which Final Cut Pro works best with. Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac is the solid tool to help users make the XAVC to ProRes transcoding on Mac OS X.
With it, you effortlessly convert XAVC footage shot from Sony PXW-X70 to FCP highly compatible ProRes MOV, ensuring maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with Final Cut Pro X or FCP 7. Besides, its also exports advanced encoders like Apple Intermediate Codec, DNxHD, etc. allowing you to convert video to seamlessly fit iMovie, iDVD, Adobe Premiere, Avid Media Composer, etc. If you are editing Sony PXW-X70 XAVC with Final Cut Pro 7 or FCP X, chances are you already installed this great free utility. If not, download it it from here. Below are the steps on converting Sony XAVC to ProRes MOV for FCP.
Converting Sony PXW-X70 XAVC S for Editing in Final Cut Pro
1. Install the program on Mac and run it. Drag the XAVC files to the software. Or you can also click "Add" button on the top of the main interface to import video to the program. It supports batch conversion and joining multiple video clips into one file.
2. Click the "Format" bar and select Final Cut Pro> Apple PreRes 422(*.mov) as output format. This format is specially designed for FCP, so that you can edit your original Sony PXW-X70 video in Final Cut Pro perfectly without quality loss.
Tips: Adjust video, audio settings
Click the "Settings" button and customize proper video/audio parameters including Video size, bitrate and fame rate and mroe. Usually 1920*1080 video size and 30fps video frame rate are recommended for FCP editing. Well, if you prefer to work with 4K video, you can adjust video size to get 4K ProRes for FCP
3. After all necessary settings, hit the convert button to start the XAVC video to ProRes conversion on Mac OS X. Once the conversion process shows in 100%, click Open to get the output videos. Create a project and start editing Son PXW-X70 XAVC video in Final Cut Pro 7 or FCP X with light speed.
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