Jan 07

Import and Edit Sony FS7 XAVC to FCP X/7/6 on Mac

Can I load Sony FS7 4K footage into FCP X/7/6 on Mac? If you are FS7 users, maybe you have this question. The answer is “No”. Don’t worry about this. This guide will show you two ways to import and edit Sony FS7 XAVC recordings in FCP X/7/6.

Designed as a camera that is at home on productions as diverse as “Cinéma Vérité”-style documentaries, reality TV, commercial and corporate applications Sony’s PXW-FS7 XDCAM Super 35 Camera System is a flexible 4K camera system. It features a Super 35mm size sensor that allows you to capture images with cinematic depth of field. The camera’s E-mount is machined from stainless steel and allows you to use E-mount lenses or with the use of optional adapters to accept most 35mm lenses including PL, EF, Leica, and Nikon. The camera can capture footage to optional on board XQD media cards in either UHD at up to 60 FPS or HD at up to 180 FPS. the camera can capture 4K (4096 x 2160) images and send the signal out over its SDI or HDMI connectors. The camera records in your choice of XVAC-I, XVAC-L, or MPEG-2. However, MPEG-2 recording does not support the high data rates the camera is capable of generating when shooting in UHD, and is limited to recording HD video only.

To import Sony PXW-FS7 XAVC footage to Final Cut Pro X or FCP 6/7 for editing smoothly, the easy workaround is to rewrap and convert XAVC to Apple ProRes 422 MOV, which ensures maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with Final Cut Pro X/7/6.

Now I share the guide with you how to convert Sony PXW-FS7 XAVC footage to Final Cut Pro friendly format using UFUSoft XAVC Video Converter for Mac. With it, you can effortlessly transcode XAVC encoded MXF ootage from Sony PXW-FS7 for smoothly importing and editing in various non-linear editing systems (NLE), including FCP X, FCP7, FCP 6.

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How to Open Sony PXW-FS7 XAVC videos in Final Cut Pro X/7/6?

Step 1: Launch the Sony XAVC to FCP Converter. Click “Add” icon to load video files from Sony PXW-FS7 or directly drag&drop the files into file list.

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Step 2: Click the “Format” bar and select Final Cut Pro> Apple ProRes 422(*.mov) as output format, which should work with FCP X/7/6 perfectly.

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Tip: If you wanna, you can go to the “Settings” page to customize proper video/audio parameters including Video size, bitrate and fame rate and more.

Step 3: After all necessary settings, hit the convert button to start the Sony PXW-FS7 XAVC to ProRes conversion for FCP X/7/6 on Mac OS X. Once the conversion process shows 100%, click Open to get the output videos. Now you can edit the encoded Sony PXW-FS7 XAVC videos in FCP X/7/6 without problem.

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