Summary: Without rendering to edit a 4K XAVC (*.mxf) video recording by Sony PXW-FS5 will not be a problem any more. Just follow the simple guide below you will get it.
Sony has announced the PXW-FS5, the latest addition to its rugged range of professional camcorders with superior creative features and flexible shooting. The PXW-FS5 is ergonomically designed with the user in mind; the 0.8kg lightweight body has excellent weight balance ensuring reliability and all-day comfortable handheld shooting, for almost any location, even airborne mounted on a drone. You can record 4K XAVC (*.mxf) and 1080P AVCHD video via Sony new camcorder. If you shoot videos in 4K resolution, the recorded files will be in XAVC MXF format.
Have you encountered the issue to import 4K MXF videos from Sony PXW-FS5 to FCP X/7/6? After you got the Sony PXW-FS5 camcorder and recorded some videos you will know that Sony PXW-FS5 camcorder is able to record 4K videos in XAVC MXF format, this is an advanced format that used by many professional camcorders, it’s great for video recording. But when you want to use the footages with Final Cut Pro X/7/6, you will meet with problems, because you will find Sony PXW-FS5 MXF files will not be imported by FCP X/7/6, there are many Sony PXW-FS5 users have found the issue and they are looking for an effective solution for this. What’s the main reason that caused the Sony PXW-FS5 to FCP X/7/6 importing issue? It is because of the video codec and format. Final Cut supported video formats are limited, and XAVC (*.mxf) format is not supported format of Final Cut, so you can’t import 4K MXF files from Sony PXW-FS5 to FCP X/7/6 for editing directly.
Best workflow to edit Sony PXW-FS5 with FCP X/7/6
You may have tried several methods and failed, here we want to introduce the best and easiest workflow to edit Sony PXW-FS5 files with FCP X/7/6, it is to convert MXF files from Sony PXW-FS5 to FCP X/7/6 Apple ProRes codec, why need to convert Sony PXW-FS5 MXF to Apple ProRes codec? It is because the prores codec is native supported codec of Final Cut, with this codec you can edit Sony PXW-FS5 videos with FCP X/7/6 natively. UFUSoft HD Video Converter for Mac is the best MXF converter on the market, it can transcode MXF files as well as other HD videos, with this program you can convert Sony PXW-FS5 MXF to Apple ProRes codec for FCP X/7/6, or convert Sony PXW-FS5 MXF to DNxHD codec for Avid Media Composer, or convert Sony PXW-FS5 MXF to MP4/MOV for playing. Now please try this software and follow the steps to use it.
How to Edit Sony PXW-FS5 4K MXF to FCP X/7/6 without rendering on Mac?
Step 1. Add your nature files
Launch the HD Video Converter on your Mac, and then click the “Add video” button to import your XAVC (*.mxf) videos from PXW-FS5 directly. In order to import several files at one time, you can click “Add from folder” button.
Step 2. Choose the right formats for FCP X/7/6
Click the “Format” bar to get the drop-down menu and you can get “Final Cut Pro>>Apple ProRes codec”, including ProRes 422, ProRes 422 (HQ), ProRes 422 (LT), ProRes 422 (Proxy) and ProRes 4444. Choose the proper one you want.
Step 3. Adjust the best output video effect.
Press the “Settings” icon and you’d better set the video frame rate as 30fps, video size as 1920*1080 for editing PXW-FS5 4k XAVC (*.mxf) in FCP X/7/6 easily.
Step 4. Start Sony PXW-FS5 4K MXF to FCP X/7/6 Conversion.
Now, click “Convert” and let it go. The MXF to FCP X Converter for Mac supports batch conversion. So if you have lots of XAVC MXF videos to convert, check “Shut down computer after conversion” and you can go away without keeping an eye on it.