How to Import/Edit Sony a9 4k XAVC S to Final Cut Pro X?

Sony Alpha a9 Mirrorless Digital Camera takes impressive multimedia capabilities and ups the processing capabilities for ultra-fast continuous shooting. Making use of a 24.2MP full-frame Exmor RS stacked CMOS sensor and BIONZ X image processor, the a9 is capable of shooting at up to 20 fps, recording UHD 4K video in XAVC S format internally, and shooting with an expanded sensitivity range to ISO 204,800. Balancing the quickness of the processor is a well-matched 693-point phase-detection autofocus system that covers 93% of the image area for accurate and quick subject tracking in a variety of lighting conditions.

If you”ve got a Sony Full Frame Mirrorless Camera like a9, the 4K XAVC S format will not be an unfamiliar for you.The only problem usually occurred during the editing process. 4K XAVC S still cannot fully supported by some video editors like FCP X can’t ingest MP4 video from Sony a9 directly. In this article, I will share the Sony a9 to FCP X workflow with you.

Can we import and edit Sony a9 XAVC S in FCP X?

We can’t import and edit 4K XAVC S in FCP X directly. As we all know, Apple ProRes is the codec that Final Cut Pro natively recognizes. So the problem can easily turn to be how to convert Sony a9 XAVC S footage to ProRes MOV for edting in Final Cut Pro (FCP X, FCP 7, FCP 6). After the XAVC S to ProRes MOV conversion, you can directly import and edit the 100Mbps XAVC S files in FCP X without any importing problems and need not to search for the latest Sony XAVC S Plug-ins or wait for the release of the suitable one.

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How to import Sony a9 4K XAVC S files to FCP X?

Step 1: Download and have a quick installation. The trial version will have a watermark on your converted files. Except for that, there are no time limitation, no virus, and no unnecessary bundle apps while downloading. After that, click “Add Video” button to load your Sony a9 XAVC S videos. You can load several files at once thanks to “Add from folder” button.

Sony a9 to FCP

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. Here, we suggest you to choose “Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” as the best output format.

Sony a9 to ProRes MOV

Step 3: Click the “Settings” button and set proper video/ audio parameters. My advice is to set the video size, bit rate and fame rate to be exactly as the footages so that you will suffer least quality degradation. If you would like to use default settings, simply skip this step.

Step 4: After all necessary settings, hit the “Convert” button to start the Sony a9 XAVC S to FCP best supported ProRes MOV conversion.

Conclusion: If you have added quite a bunch of Sony a9 XAVC S files, it would take some time to convert. In such case, you can click “Option” and tick the box “Shut down the computer after conversion”. Now, you can smoothly edit Sony a9 4K XAVC S files in FCP X.