We write this tutorial to help those who are having issues editing Sony HXR-NX80 footage in FCP X smoothly. It explains a workaround to transcode Sony HXR-NX80 video to ProRes 422 codec for use in FCP X with optimum performance.
The HXR-NX80 Full HD XDCAM camcorder from Sony offers phase-detection Autofocus (AF) and HDR capabilities in a compact, palm-style body. Suitable for corporate events, broadcast news, and television production, the HXR-NX80 camcorder features a stacked 1″ Exmor RS CMOS sensor with 14.2MP, a 12x Zeiss optical zoom, an OLED viewfinder, and 3.5″ touchscreen LCD monitor. This camcorder records 4K in XAVC S 4K, streams via 2.4/5 GHz frequency bands, and includes S-Log3/S-Gamut3 functions for additional image control.
For a faster and more fluid Sony HXR-NX80 and FCP X workflow, we would recommend transcoding Sony HXR-NX80 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 HXR-NX80 video files to ProRes 422 for FCP X editing.
Converting Sony HXR-NX80 XAVC S for Editing in Final Cut Pro 7/X
Step 1: Import Sony HXR-NX80 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 HXR-NX80 XAVC S videos, click “Edit” menu.
Step 3: Convert HXR-NX80 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 HXR-NX80 4K XAVC S to Apple Prores process.
When the conversion is done, you can easily import converted Sony HXR-NX80 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.