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How to import Sony XAVC video to Final Cut Pro for editing

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Sony PMW-F55 is a professional-grade camera with an 8.9-megapixel 4K-enabled image sensor. It's equipped with an electronic global shutter, a 7-inch LCD display with 1920 x 1080 pixel Full HD native resolution, microSD and SxS PRO+ media slots, as well as still, PL, and FZ mount support. Its features include HD/2K/4K video onto internal SxS memory and 16-bit RAW 2K/4K output. With PMW-F55, you can record Full HD XAVC clips 240 fps RAW 2K and 60 fps in RAW 4K recording onto the AXS-R5.


Can I edit Sony PMW-F55 and F5 XAVC video in Final Cut Pro X? The answer is “Yes”. But, you have to transcode XAVC to Apple ProRes 422 or Apple Prores 4444 with a XAVC to FCP Converting software.


XAVC Converter for Mac is a specially designed program to convert XAVC files to other common formats including ProRes MOV for FCP 7/6, with it, you can easily convert your XAVC recordings to ProRes MOV for editing in Final Cut Pro 7 or 6 with no problem. Besides, the converting speed is very fast and the output quality, good.


How to convert Sony F55/F5 XAVC media to ProRes 422 for FCP X


Step 1. Import files

Install and launch the Sony XAVC to ProRes Converter for Mac, click "add videos" to load individual videos, or click "add from folder" to load the whole folder.


Step 2. Choose output format

Hit format icon to select output format.

Optimized presets for Final Cut pro are supplied, you just need to go to Final Cut Pro column to select the one you prefer as output format.


Step 3: Convert Sony XAVC to FCP

Click “Convert” button at the right bottom corner to start Sony PWM-F55 XAVC to FCP Conversion. As the Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) has extremely high quality, please make sure you have enough space to store the generated ProRes 422 (HQ) MOV files.


Tips: When the conversion is finished, you can import the converted XAVC file to FCP X, you can refer to this guide for getting the detailed steps.



What is XAVC?

XAVC is a recording format that was introduced by Sony on October 30, 2012. XAVC is an open format that will be licensed to companies that want to make XAVC products. XAVC uses level 5.2 of H.264/MPEG-4 AVC which is the highest level supported by that video standard. The new codec is geared toward 4k production but can still be found useful for 2k production.

On the 30th of October last year, Sony announced new cameras that record using the XAVC format, PMW-F5 and PMW-F55. Every editor across the world groaned as the thought of another proprietary codec wasn’t exactly the best news for them.

The Sony PMW-F55 CineAlta 4K Digital Cinema Camera features an 8.9MP Super 35mm image sensor, capable of capturing 4K, 2K and HD resolution video in a variety of formats via the camera’s internal recorder.


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