Do you also have such hassles when editing MP4 files from Sony XDCAM EX in Final Cut Pro 7/X? If so, hopefully the instructions below can help you out of
Users may be glad to learn that FCP X can support Sony PMW-EX3 XDCAM EX MP4 files with Sony XDCAM Transfer. On FCP official website, we can find that the importing process between Sony XDCAM EX MP4 and FCP X is much simple:
1: Installing Sony XDCAM Transfer Software
2: Connecting XDCAM Device to Mac
3: Ingesting XDCAM Media and Choosing an Easy Setup
4: Setting a Render File Format for XDCAM HD or XDCAM EX Sequences
5: Editing XDCAM Media Natively
However, users still encounter some problems during importing process:
"I've found already that while FCPX works "natively" with the EX3 footage with the Sony plug-in, it is duplicating the material to FCPX's "event" folder. The copy seems to be rather painless and quick, so my need for speed is not compromised. However, I am duplicating the source material, which is hurting my storage requirements. Need a better workaround of Sony EX3 to FCP X!"
To bypass all issues while editing Sony XDCAM EX MP4 videos in FCP X, the easy workaround for you is to encode Sony PMW-EX3 XDCAM MP4 to Apple ProRes so that FCP X can afford videos directly without any plug-in. To achieve the goal, the program Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac can help you convert Sony XDCAM .mp4 files to ProRes for FCP on Mac OS X(Yosemite included) at fast speed without quality loss. Besides ProRes, this Sony XDCAM converter also provides the optimal codecs for NLEs like Apple InterMediate Codec for iMovie, DNxHD for Avid Media Composer, MPEG-2 for Adobe Premiere Pro and more. Now download the software on Mac and follow the guide below to start conversion.
How to Transcode Sony PMW-EX3 to FCP X
Step 1. Run the program and click the "Add" button to load original EX3 .mp4 files to the program. Or you can drag&drop the videos to App directly.
Step 2. Go to the "Format" column to select Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov) as the best output format for FCP.
Step 3. "Settings" page can allow users to adjust parameters manually before conversion including to video resolution , bitrate, frame rate as you like.
Step 4. Tap "Convert" button to start Sony PMW-EX3 XDCAM MP4 to FCP X conversion.
After a few minutes, the conversion will be finished soon. Now, you can find the encoded files in "Open" panel and import them into FCP X directly without any trouble.
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Source: How to transfer Sony PMW-EX3 MP4 to FCP X