Best Workflow for Working 4K XAVC/XAVC S files in Final Cut Pro 7/6 on Mac
Shoot with Sony's hottest 4K cameras like the F5, F55, AX100, then you would plan to import your 4K XAVC (S) into Final Cut Pro for immediate, native editing. While, until FCP X 10.1 and Mavericks Sony's XAVC (S) was impossible to deal with directly. In other words, Sony's XAVC (S) did not work with FCP X 10.0.9 and Mountain Lion or later version. Well, don't worry. In this article, we aim to give you the tips and tricks to help you edit 4K XAVC (S) in Final Cut Pro X or FCP 6/7 with ease.
XAVC, a recording format introduced by Sony, uses level 5.2 of H.264/MPEG-4 AVC which is the highest level supported by that video standard. XAVC S, a consumer friendly format based on XAVC developed for 4K/HD and professional use. Although Sony tries their best to make the new codec- XAVC or XVAC S compatible with most devices or NLEs, it is still difficult to import XAVC (S) videos to Final Cut Pro.(FCP X included). Then what is the available workflow for editing 4K XAVC (S) files in Final Cut Pro X or FCP 7/6?
As known to all, Final Cut Pro works best with video clips in ProRes MOV format. Therefore, the easy workaround is, get Brorsoft iMedia Converter for Mac to convert XAVC (S) to ProRes, which will save you both time and trouble, and all you need is to drag the result videos for prompt editing.
Overall, the program is an easy-to-use yet professional Sony XAVC (S) Converter for Mac(Mavericks included). It is able to transcode XAVC (S) files to FCP compatible ProRes 422, ProRes 422 HQ, ProRes Proxy, ProRes 422 LT, ProRes 4444 video. Plus, you may also encode XAVC/XAVC S to Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro, iMovie and more NLE programs highly compatible formats for smooth editing. Besides, it might help you change XAVC (S) to other frequent formats like XAVC (S) to MOV, MKV, MP4, AVI, etc for playback on media devices. Download it and follow the step-by-step guide to convert XAVC (S) files to ProRes for Final Cut Pro.
(Note: Click here for OS X 10.5.8)
Converting XAVC/XAVC S to Prores for Final Cut Pro X/7/6
Step 1. Run the best XAVC (S) to ProRes Converter, then load source XAVC or XAVC S videos to it via clicking File > Add Video/Audio. Or you can directly drag the files into program for editing.
Step 2. Click Format bar and go to Final Cut Pro column by choosing "Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)" as best video format for editing Sony XAVC/XAVC S in Final Cut Pro with good video quality.
Tip: You can click "Settings" to fix the frame rate, bitrate and video quality to your needs.
Step 3. Click "Convert" button to start 4K XAVC (S) video to ProRes MOV conversion under Mac OS X.
When the conversion is done, you can find the output files by clicking "Open" button on the main interface, then you can directly transfer the files to your Final Cut Pro X or FCP 7/6 to edit without any hassle.