We write this tutorial to help those who are having issues editing Sony FDR-X3000 footage in FCP X, FCE or iMovie smoothly. It explains a workaround to transcode Sony FDR-X3000 video to ProRes 422 or AIC codec for use in FCP X, FCE or iMovie with optimum performance.
TSony’s FDR-X3000 Action Camera produces sharp videos and still images with reduced motion artifacts from vibrations and other camera movement. Using the XAVC S codec, the FDR-X3000 can record UltraHD resolution 4K (3840 x 2160) at 30p with a bitrate of 100 Mb/s or 24p with a bitrate of 60 Mb/s. Besides 4K, it can record Full HD 1080p at 50 Mb/s in XAVC S and up to 28 Mb/s in the higher-compressed MP4 mode.
For a faster and more fluid Sony FDR-X3000 and FCP X, FCE or iMovie workflow, we would recommend transcoding Sony FDR-X3000 footage to ProRes/AIC 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, and AIC MOV is the best format for FCE or iMovie. Read on to learn a quick guide on how to encode Sony FDR-X3000 video files to ProRes 422 for FCP X or AIC for FCE or iMovie editing.
Converting Sony FDR-X3000 XAVC S for Editing in Final Cut Pro 7/X, FCE or iMovie
Step 1: Import Sony FDR-X3000 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 X.
Or select iMovie/Final Cut Express > Apple Intermediate Codec (*.mov), which is the best format for FCE/iMovie.
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 FDR-X3000 XAVC S videos, click “Edit” menu.
Step 3: Convert FDR-X3000 4K XAVC S to Apple Prores or AIC format.
Go back to the main interface and press the “Convert” icon on the right-bottom to start Sony FDR-X3000 4K XAVC S to Apple Prores or AIC MOV process.
When the conversion is done, you can easily import converted Sony FDR-X3000 video to Final Cut Pro 7 or FCP X, FCE or iMovie 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.