This guide aims to teach you how to import and edit Sony PXW-FS5 MXF videos in FCP X successfully. If you have similar issues on that, please continue to read to get the best solution to solve it.
The Material eXchange Format (MXF) is an open file format, targeted at the interchange of audio-visual material with associated data and metadata. MXF is self-contained, holding complete content without need of external material and bundles together video, audio, and programmed data.
Sony’s most affordable 2/3-inch type camcorder, the PXW-X400 has the perfect balance of performance and practicality – not to mention the perfect front-rear balance for all-day shoulder-mount shooting. This camera puts advanced streaming, sophisticated codecs, the power of 1080/60p imagery, the nuances of 10-bit grayscale and the beauty of 4:2:2 color – all within your reach. Where conventional ENG cameras are limited to 1080/60i, the PXW-X400 excels with 1080/60p.
After shooting some MXF footages with the Sony PXW-X400 Camcorder, you may want to do some editing work with them on Mac. Some users have reported abut the choppy output video from Final Cut Pro X. MXF format is great to record high-definition videos, but it is not easy to use. The possible reason behind the problem above may be the codec of Sony PXW-X400 video is not supported natively by FCP X. As far as we know, the most suitable codec for FCP X is Apple ProRes 422 codec. So in order that we can work with Sony PXW-X400 MXF video in FCP X with no issue, we’d better transcode Sony PXW-X400 MXF video to ProRes MOV. If you install a professional third-party program, then the problem will be solved in a short time.
Here Acrok MXF Converter will be a good choice for you to work with Sony PXW-X400 video in FCP X, FCP 7 and FCP 6. It makes it very easy to convert Sony PXW-X400 footage to FCP X format, you can import and edit Sony PXW-X400 MXF video in FCP X without rendering.
Free download the Sony PXW-X400 MXF Video Converter
How to encode Sony PXW-X400 MXF for Final Cut Pro X?
Step 1. Launch this Sony PXW-X400 video converter and click “Add Files” button to browse and select your MXF footage. For loading a folder, you need to click “Add folder”.
Step 2. Then click the format bar and follow “Final Cut Pro” > “Apple ProRes 422(*.mov)” as the target format. If you like, you can choose Apple ProRes 4444 MOV as output format too.
Step 3. Pop up the video editor by click “Edit” button. And you’ll see many editing options prepared for you.
Step 4. When all the preparations are done, click the green “Convert” button in the main UI to start converting Sony PXW-X400 recordings to ProRes format. The conversion will be finished soon, then you can edit Sony PXW-X400 files in FCP X freely without any problem. Enjoy!