How to Ingest Sony FDR-AX1 4K Videos to FCP/Premiere Pro?

The Sony FDR-AX1 Digital 4K Video Camera Recorder is the first consumer 4K video camera from Sony. They’ve used the technology developed for their professional video cameras to create a compact, easy-to-operate 4K consumer model that’s designed to make 4K video and professional-quality audio available to the masses. In order to provide 4K video recording in a consumer model, Sony designed the FDR-AX1 to support the XAVC-S 4K/HD recording format which is usually reserved for professional applications. And the XAVC-S codec will save as an MP4 wrapper. If you want to edit Sony FDR-AX1 4K footage, you may find the Ultra HD video files in MP4 are not recognized by most editing software like Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, iMovie, etc. So, how to ingest Sony FDR-AX1 4K XAVC S raw footage to FCP/Adobe Premiere Pro? Is there a software can do the job?

As far as we know, XAVC S MP4 used in Sony FDR-AX1 is not an ideal editing format for NELs. What’s more, Final Cut Pro X/7/6 and Premiere Pro like many editors prefer 1080p as primary delivery format. Hence, the most effective way to import Sony FDR-AX1 4K to Final Cut Pro/Premiere is to convert Sony FDR-AX1 4K MP4 to FCP/Adobe PP most compatible format(1080p would be the best settings.) under Mac OS X. It saves you both time and trouble, and all you need is to drag the result videos for prompt editing.

The workflow will be based on UFUWare HD Converter for Mac, a professional Mac UHD 4K video converter, player and editor. With it, you can effortlessly transcode Sony FDR-AX1 4K XAVC S video to various non-linear editing systems (NLE), including Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, iMovie, Final Cut Express, Avid Media Composer and more. And there is no need to worry about the quality loss. This Ultra HD Video Converter is also available to customize the output resolutions to any size the users want. Just download it and follow the tutorial below to get the work done.

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Converting Sony FDR-AX1 4K MP4 footage to FCP/Premiere compatible video

Step 1. Launch the 4K file converter and click add button to import Sony FDR-AX1 4k XAVC S (*.mp4) clips to the program for converting.

Step 2. Click “Format” bar to choose the output format. You can freely choose Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov) for editing Sony FDR-AX1 4K in FCP 7/6 or Final Cut Pro X;

To import Sony FDR-AX1 4K MP4 to Premiere, Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas > MPEG-2 (*.mpg) is the target format.

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Step 3. Click the Settings button; you can recommended to set the video size, bit rate, fame rate, etc. Here you are recommended to set the video size as 1920*1080 since Adobe Premiere Pro CS4/CS5/CS6/CC7, Final Cut Pro 6/7/X can’t support raw 4K video well.

Step 4. Hit the Convert button to start the conversion; it will convert Sony FDR-AX1 4K XAVC S (*.mp4) to FCP/Premiere Pro friendly format on Mac OS X.

After the conversion, click the Open button to get the converted Sony FDR-AX1 4K videos for further editing with FCP X/7/6, Adobe Premiere Pro smoothly.

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