We write this tutorial to help those who are having issues editing Sony a6500 footage in FCP X smoothly. It explains a workaround to transcode Sony a6500 video to ProRes 422 codec for use in FCP X with optimum performance.
Alpha a6500 from Sony is an apt APS-C-format mirrorless camera well-suited for both photo and video applications. Revolving around a 24.2MP Exmor CMOS sensor and BIONZ X image processor, clean image quality is provided with a wide expandable sensitivity range to ISO 51200, along with accelerated readout speeds for internal 4K30 and Full HD 1080p120 video recording with full pixel readout.
For a faster and more fluid Sony a6500 and FCP X workflow, we would recommend transcoding Sony a6500 footage to ProRes first by UFUSoft XAVC S Converter for Mac. Apple ProRes is FCP X’s favorite editing codec, which FCP X will recognize and handle well. Read on to learn a quick guide on how to encode Sony a6500 video files to ProRes 422 for FCP X editing.
Converting Sony a6500 XAVC S for Editing in Final Cut Pro 7/X
Step 1: Import Sony a6500 4K XAVC S videos
Install and launch the Mac Video Converter and load the recordings to it. If you want to merge several clips, just need to select all files and click Merge.
Step 2: Select output file format
Tap the Format bar and select Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov), which is the best format for FCP.
Tips: (Optional) Choose “Settings” to set video resolution (1920 x 1080/1440 x 1080/1280 x 720/720 x 480), bitrate(from 1Mbps to 20Mbps), frame rate (24p/30p) as you like. To deinterlace, crop, trim Sony a6500 XAVC S videos, click “Edit” menu.
Step 3: Convert a6500 4K XAVC S to Apple Prores format.
Go back to the main interface and press the “Convert” icon on the right-bottom to start Sony a6500 4K XAVC S to Apple Prores process.
When the conversion is done, you can easily import converted Sony a6500 video to Final Cut Pro 7 or FCP X for furthering professional editing.
1. When converting video to Final Cut Pro oriented format templates(e.g. Apple Prores), please ensure that your computer has Final Cut Pro installed, otherwise the converted files will have audio only without image.
2. If you are using FCP X, please make sure you have installed ProApps QuickTime Codecs, or you may get files with sound only without video.