How to Convert/Import Sony PXW-FS7 4k footage to FCP/iMovie/FCE?

Sony’s PXW-FS7 XDCAM Super 35 Camera System is a flexible 4K camera system. It features a Super 35mm size sensor that allows you to capture images with cinematic depth of field. The camera’s E-mount is machined from stainless steel and allows you to use E-mount lenses or with the use of optional adapters to accept most 35mm lenses including PL, EF, Leica, and Nikon. The camera can capture footage to optional on board XQD media cards in either UHD at up to 60 FPS or HD at up to 180 FPS. the camera can capture 4K (4096 x 2160) images and send the signal out over its SDI or HDMI connectors. The camera records in your choice of XAVC-I, XAVC-L, or MPEG-2. However, MPEG-2 recording does not support the high data rates the camera is capable of generating when shooting in UHD, and is limited to recording HD video only.

If you recorded some 4K videos by Sony PXW-FS7, you may like editing the 4K videos with FCP, iMovie or other NLEs on Mac. This guide focuses on Sony PXW-FS7 to FCP, iMovie, FCE workflow.

Can Final Cut Pro, iMovie, Final Cut Express ingest 4K XAVC videos from Sony PXW-FS7? The result may let you down- FCP/iMovie/FCE won’t open and import Sony PXW-FS7 4K footage correctly. What caused the issues? Based on our testing, it may due to the high video resolution and the video codec incompatibility. To edit Sony PXW-FS7 4k XAVC in FCP X/7, iMovie, FCE smoothly, a workaround is to transcode Sony PXW-FS7 XAVC to a more editable format with proper settings under Mac OS X.

With a professional 4k XAVC converter – UFUWare HD Converter for Mac, you can get the work done easily. This software is able to convert 4K XAVC video files from Sony PXW-FS7 to FCP, iMovie, FCE fully compatible format and keep original quality at the mean while. It can export ProRes for Final Cut Pro, Apple InterMedaite Codec(AIC) for iMovie/FCE, DNxHD for Avid Media Composer, MPEG-2 for Adobe Premiere Pro and more NLE systems for native editing. Download the software and follow the guide to finish the conversion task.

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How to Convert and Import Sony PXW-FS7 4k footage to FCP/iMovie/FCE?

Step 1. Install the Mac 4K Video Converter program and run it. Drag the 4k XAVC files to the software. Or you can also click “Add” button on the top of the main interface to import 4k video to the program.

Step 2. Hit the Format box to select the specially designed video codec for editing in iMovie/FCE, Final Cut Pro.

a. For importing Sony PXW-FS7 4K XAVC to Final Cut Pro X/7, you can choose “Final Cut Pro> Apple PreRes 422(*.mov)” as output format.

b. To edit Sony PXW-FS7 XAVC video in iMovie, FCE, “iMovie/FCE –> Apple InterMediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov)” is the optimal choice.

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Step 3. Adjust the video and audio parameters, including the Bitrate of Video and Audio, Audio, Video Size, Sample Rate, Frame Rate, Audio Channels, etc., by clicking the Settings buttion on the main interface. Usually 1920*1080 video size and 30fps video frame rate are recommended for FCP, iMovie, FCE editing.

Step 4. Click the arrow button to start transcoding Sony PXW-FS7 4K XAVC to .MOV(ProRes for FCP, AIC for iMovie/FCE) on Mac OS X.

After the conversion finished, you can easily transfer your 4K footages from Sony PXW-FS7 to FCP, iMovie, FCE for further editing without any problem.

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