Load 4K XAVC S from Sony FDR-AX1 to FCP X/7/6

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Load 4K XAVC S from Sony FDR-AX1 to FCP X/7/6

November 27, 2015 Final Cut Pro X 0

Have you own a Sony FDR-AX1 and got many 4K XAVC S footage with you? Do you want to import these 4K videos into FCP for some change or give better effect? Many people found it is difficult for them to edit Sony FDR-AX1 4K XAVC S in FCP6/7/X, below is one Sony FDR-AX1’s question.

Hello, friends! I want to ask you for help me in editing 4K video on Mac. Last month, my daughter got married with her lover, during her wedding ceremony, I shoot some perfect picture and high quality 4K video by Sony FDR-AX1. Yesterday, my daughter asked me to help her deal with these XAVC S video in FCP for better sharing with her friends. However, I don’t know how to import and edit Sony FDR-AX1 4K XAVC S in FCP, and from the website, I found many people say FCP doesn’t support XAVC S format, so what thing need I do to for successfully editing Sony FDR-AX1 4K XAVC S in FCP on Mac.

The Sony FDR-AX1 Digital 4K Video Camera Recorder is the first consumer 4K video camera from Sony which got a single 1/2.3-inch, 18-megapixel Exmor R sensor. It can capture 4K 3840 x 2160p Video at 60 fps, which enables you to create movies with four times as much detail and quadruple the image quality of a Full HD 1080p camcorder. It records 4K/HD movies in the XAVC-S codec, and XAVC-S uses MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 long GOP for video and LPCM for audio compression.

Although Sony tries their best to make the new codec-XAVC S compatible with most devices or NLEs, it is still difficult to import XAVC S videos to Final Cut Pro (FCP X included). As we know from the FCP official website, FCP best supported format is Apple ProRes, so the available workflow for editing Sony FDR-AX1 XAVC S files in Final Cut Pro X or FCP 7/6 is to transcode XAVC S to ProRes for FCP on Mac. A Sony FDR-AX1 4K XAVC S Video Converter is very necessary and here Acrok HD Video Converter for Mac is highly recommended for you. With it, you can effortlessly encode Sony FDR-AX1 XAVC S files to Apple ProRes, and ensure maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with Final Cut Pro (FCP 6/7/X). Below will teach you how to make FCP work with Sony FDR-AX1 XAVC S footage smoothly.

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Guide: How to convert Sony FDR-AX1 4K XAVC S to ProRes on Mac?

Step1: Load Sony FDR-AX1 4K XAVC S
Install and run the best XAVC S to FCP Converter, click “Add files” to upload your Sony FDR-AX1 4K XAVC S files. If you want to merge several clips, just need to click “Settings” button then check the “Merge into one” box.

convert Sony FDR-AX1 XAVC S videos to ProRes for editing in FCP

Step 2: Select the output format
Click “Format” option and it is recommended to choose Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov) as FCP best output format.

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Tips: If you want to add some watermark to your 4K video, you can click “Editing” to set up.

Step 3: Start video conversion
Once the above steps are finished, tap “Convert” button to start the Sony FDR-AX1 4K XAVC S to Apple ProRes conversion.

Finally, click “Open” button to find the converted ProRes .mov files, then import and edit the ProRes video in FCP 6/7/X now.

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