Import Sony HDR-MV1 .MP4 files in Final Cut Pro X or FCP 7/6 on Mac

The Sony HDR-MV1 Music Camcorder is designed for capturing high-quality video and audio. It can record Full HD 1920 x 1080p video at 30 fps and LPCM or AAC stereo audio in MP4 format. For video, it’s equipped with a 16MP Exmor R CMOS image sensor and a wide-angle 120° Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens. It can also capture HD 1280 x 720p video at 30 fps and it records to the web-friendly MP4 format. The camcorder features a 2.7″ LCD monitor as well. After getting some 4K material from Sony HDR-MV1, you will research possible workflows for MP4 to Final Cut Pro, so as to as have smooth work with the Sony HDR-MV1 MP4 footage. In this article, we will outline how to import Sony HDR-MV1 MP4 to Final Cut Pro(FCP X or FCP 7/6).

Actually, Final Cut Pro supports MP4 although, MP4 as a video container format that may contain various audio and video codec, not all of them can be imported to FCP correctly. The MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 encoded MP4 clips from Sony HDR-MV1 doesn’t seem to be an ideal format for Final Cut Pro X or FCP 7/6. To enable the HDR-MV1 owners have smooth editing work with the MP4 clips in FCP, we suggest you to transcode MP4 from Sony HDR-MV1 to a more “edit” friendly codec. UFUWare HD Converter for Mac is the big help.

The program is an easy-to-use yet professional Sony MP4 Converter for Mac. With it, you can effortlessly encode/re-encode MP4 footage shot from Sony HDR-MV1 for smoothly importing and editing in various non-linear editing systems (NLE), including Final Cut Pro(6/7/X), Adobe Premiere Pro(CC/CS6/CS5), Avid Media Composer(7/6/5), iMovie, Final Cut Express and more. Don’t hesitate to download the program and learn the step-by-step tutorial.

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Import Sony HDR-MV1 video files to Final Cut Pro X/7/6

Step 1: Load Sony HDR-MV1 video

Run the top MP4 to ProRes Converter and click “Add file” button to browse and import the MP4 footage to the converter. You can select all Sony HDR-MV1 MP4 files and click Merge to join several video files together.

Step 2: Select ProRes as output format

Click the “Format” bar and select Final Cut Pro> Apple PreRes 422(*.mov) as output format.

Tip: You can click “settings” button in the main interface to customize the output video’s parameters, such as resolution, frame rate, etc.

Step 3: Start Sony HDR-MV1 MP4 file to FCP conversion

Click the arrow button to start transcoding Sony HDR-MV1 MP4 to ProRes MOV for FCP immediately. After the conversion finished, you can directly transfer the .mov video to Final Cut Pro X or FCP 7/6 for further editing without any problem(Just launch FCP, click choose File >> Import >> Files… to add your videos.).

Additional Tips:

If you wanna transcode Sony HDR-MV1 footage to iMovie, choose the “iMovie and Final Cut Express -> Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)”; to get perfect editing in Premier Pro, select “Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas> MPEG-2(*.mpg).

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