Editing Sony PMW-EX3 Footage in FCP 7/FCP X

The Sony PMW-EX3 is a flash-memory based high definition camcorder capable of a variety of frame rates and resolutions using Sony’s new XDCAM-EX intraframe codec. The full Sony XDCAM EX line-up provides stunning HD picture quality and efficient nonlinear operation, expanding the creative possibilities in every type of HD video production. The footages are wrapped in MP4 format with MPEG-2 codec. However, due to the codec incompatibility issue, Sony PMW-EX3 MP4 footages cannot work smoothly in Final Cut Pro, which makes the editing become harsh to some extend. What’s the best and quickest way to get Sony PMW-EX3 MP4 footage into Final Cut Pro X for further editing?

As we all know, FCP is designed to work best in ProRes codec QuickTime files. So the best method to fix the compatibility issues of the PMW-EX3 MP4 footage in FCP is to convert them into Apple ProRes codec. For this purpose, this article will outline how to transcode Sony PMW-EX3 MP4 to ProRes MOV in detail.

Converting Sony PMW-EX3 MP4 for Final Cut Pro

The quick workaround is to use the easy-to-use yet professional app called Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac which can be used a Sony XDCAM EX media converter under OS X Leopard (10.5), Snow Leopard (10.6), Lion (10.7), Mountain Lion (10.8), Mavericks(10.9) and Yosemite(10.10). It is free, clean and safe to install and use. With it, you can effortlessly transcode Sony XDCAM EX MP4 to ProRes 422 which ensures maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with Final Cut Pro. It works well and converts flawlessly. If you’re facing problems editing Sony PWM-EX1R/EX1/EX3 MP4 footage with Final Cut Pro (FCP X/7/6), chances are you already installed this great utility. If not, download it from here.

Step 1: Install and launch the Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac and click the “Add” button to load the PMW-EX3 separate .mp4 files for converting.

Tip: Check the “Merge into one” box, you can join several EX1R clips together.

Step 2: Click on the “Format” and you will get a dropdown menu and then select Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov), which is the best format for FCP.

Tips: Click “Settings” to set video resolution (1920×1080/1440×1080/1280×720/720×480), bitrate(from 1Mbps to 20Mbps), frame rate (24p/30p) as you like. To deinterlace, crop, trim XDCAM MP4 video, click “Edit” menu.

Step 3: After above settings, hit “Convert” button to start transcoding Sony EX3 MP4 to ProRes for directly importing to Final Cut Pro X or FCP 7/6.

Once the process completes, you can click “Open” to locate the ProRes .MOV files ready to be imported into FCP.

You’re done. If you want to transcode Sony PMW-EX1/EX3/EX1R footage for Premiere Pro, please choose the “Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas –> MPEG-2(*.mpg)” as output; For iMovie or FCE 4, choose the “iMovie and Final Cut Express -> Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)”. For Avid MC, choose “Avid Media Composer > Avid DNxHD(*.mov)”.

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