We write this tutorial to help those who are having issues editing Sony PXW-Z190 footage in FCP X smoothly. It explains a workaround to transcode Sony PXW-Z190 video to ProRes 422 codec for use in FCP X with optimum performance.
Sony’s PXW-Z190 4K 3-CMOS 1/3″ Sensor XDCAM Camcorder continues the fine tradition of the XDCAM series of cameras. It captures 4K at up to 60p, relying on three 1/3″ Exmor R sensors that provide improved low-light capability when compared to standard sensors. The camera integrates a 25x optical Sony G zoom lens and an electronic variable ND filter. The camera supports a variety of codecs out of the box, with an optional MPEG HD license enabling you to shoot HD video.
For a faster and more fluid Sony PXW-Z190 and FCP X workflow, we would recommend transcoding Sony PXW-Z190 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 PXW-Z190 video files to ProRes 422 for FCP X editing.
Converting Sony PXW-Z190 XAVC S for Editing in Final Cut Pro 7/X
Step 1: Import Sony PXW-Z190 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 PXW-Z190 XAVC S videos, click “Edit” menu.
Step 3: Convert PXW-Z190 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 PXW-Z190 4K XAVC S to Apple Prores process.
When the conversion is done, you can easily import converted Sony PXW-Z190 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.