Smoothly Edit Sony F55/F5 4K XAVC in Final Cut Pro 6/7

Summary: Have you got a Sony F55/F5 Camera? Do you wanna get Sony F55/F5 4K XAVC compatible with Final Cut Pro 6/7? Here you’ll find the way to transcode F55/F5 4K XAVC to ProRes MOV.

In the first place, let’s get familiar with the XAVC format.
Sony’s new XAVC recording format is at the heart of its latest industry-leading products. XAVC provides a dedicated 4K format that will encourage the adoption of 4K beyond feature films, in genres such as TV Dramas, Entertainment shows, Documentaries and Commercials.

As well as the widespread applications for the professional HDTV market, Sony has developed the XAVC format to enable the expansion of 4K content into the consumer market. XAVC is designed to provide a future proof codec that can meet customers’ rapidly developing requirements for 4K content production and HD120P high frame rate shooting.

Sony’s XAVC format employs MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 level 5.2, the highest picture resolution and frame rate video compression codec based on industry standards. XAVC enables a very wide range of operational possibilities for content production, notably: from Proxy to 4K pixel resolutions, intra frame and long GOP schemes, and 1080 50P/60P infrastructure capability.

Can we import XAVC videos to FCP 6/7 for editing?
However, when you enjoying hi-def videos shot by Sony F5/F55 and some other XAVC camcorders, it will be a pain to make these XAVC files compatible with FCP 6 or 7, because Sony released a XAVC/XDCAM Plug-in for FCP X, but it does not support FCP 6/7. Hence you have to convert them to ProRes codec—the most compatible video codec for FCP series.

To accomplish your goal, you can try Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac (review), which is a great Sony XAVC Converter for Mac. It can not only convert Sony XAVC videos to Apple ProRes codec, but also guarantee smooth editing. Compatible OS: Mac OS X like Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion, Mavericks, Yosemite, El Capitan. Now get it installed and let’s work it out.


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How to load Sony XAVC videos to FCP 6/7?

Step 1: Launch the HD Video Converter on your Mac, and then click the “Add video” button to import your XAVC videos from Sony F55/F5 directly. In order to import several files at one time, you can click “Add from folder” button.

Step 2: Click the “Format” bar to get the drop-down menu and you can get “Final Cut Pro>>Apple ProRes codec”, including ProRes 422, ProRes 422 (HQ), ProRes 422 (LT), ProRes 422 (Proxy) and ProRes 4444. Choose the proper one you want.

Step 3: Press the “Settings” icon and you’d better set the video frame rate as 30fps, video size as 1920*1080 for editing Sony F55/F5 4K XAVC in FCP 6/7 easily.

Step 4: Now, click "Convert" and let it go. The XAVC to FCP Converter for Mac supports batch conversion. So if you have lots of XAVC videos to convert, check “Shut down computer after conversion” and you can go away without keeping an eye on it.

Conclusion: Once the conversion process shows in 100%, click “Open” to get the output videos. Create a project and start Sony F55/F5 editing 4K XAVC videos in FCP 6/7 with light speed.


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