Sony’s PMW-F5, Sony PMW-F55, Sony PXW-X70, Sony PXW-X180, Sony PXW-Z100, etc. produced mutually incompatible files due to opaque subformat options obscured behind the XAVC (*.mxf) file extension. Thus, for Mac users with P2 HD camcorder, they often encounter the importing problem while transferring the footage from the P2 cards to Final Cut Pro as the user below:
“One of my clients just bought a used Sony PXW-Z100, and wants to edit XAVC (*.mxf) footages in FCP on OS 10.8, but he found FCP can not recognize the Sony XAVC .mxf footages well. Any idea?”
XAVC is a recording format that was introduced by Sony on October 30, 2012. XAVC is a format that will be licensed to companies that want to make XAVC products. Technical details XAVC uses level 5.2 of H.264/MPEG-4 AVC which is the highest level supported by that video standard. While Sony XAVC camcorder users still have troubles when importing those XAVC recordings with .mxf file extension to the latest Final Cut Pro X or FCP 6/7 for editing. Here we recommend using UFUWare XAVC Converter for Mac to transcode Sony XAVC files to Apple ProRes 422 for FCP X/7/6.
How to Convert Sony XAVC to Apple ProRes for FCP X/7/6 editing?
Step 1:Download and install the Mac XAVC Converter, launch it and then click “Add” button to load your source Sony XAVC videos to it.
Step 2: Click on the “Format” bar and get the dropdown menu, then move your pointer to choose “Final Cut Pro> Apple PreRes 422″ as the output format.
Tip: You can click the “Settings” icon to customize the video/audio settings for Final Cut Pro: 1920*1080 vide size; 30fps frame rate(for original 60i videos) or 25fps frame rate(for original 50i videos).
Step 3: Click Convert button to start converting Sony XAVC to ProRes for Final Cut Pro 6/7 or FCP X on Mac OS X.
Once the conversion completes, you can click “Open” to find the generated ProRes .mov videos which can be directly imported to Final Cut Pro X or FCP 7/6 for further smooth editing.
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