Transcoding Sony PXW-X70 XAVC-L (.mxf) to ProRes 422 For FCP 7/X Editing Smoothly


We usually saw Sony PXW-X70 camera users encounter importing issues when attempting to edit their PXW-X70 video files with Final Cut Pro 7 or FCP X. Let’s see some frequently asked questions on this.

Q1: Sony PXW-X70 XAVC Clips into FCPX
Hi I am still searching for a solution to getting XAVC Clips directly into FCPX. I must have read nearly every post on the Net looking for an answer. I have seen the suggestions to use the Sony Software convertor but surly there is a way to just impot without having to convert files. otherwise why have Sony developed this workflow wiyhout a solution that enabled the XAVC footage to be used. Please Apple / Sony can you find the right solution to this problem please.

Q2: Can’t open Sony PXW-X70 (.mxf) video files for Final Cut Pro X
Just got the Sony PXW-X70 and I can’t seem to open the .mxf or even successfully transcode the video files into something that can be read on the mac. (Running 10.9.5)

Q3: Trying to crack the Sony PXW-X70 “4K” nut

I’m having no luck trying to ingest 4K files into FCPX. I recently upgraded my Sony PXW-X70 with firmware so it can shoot in 4K. Previously, FCPX has had no problems ingesting the 1080 XAVC files. However, when ingesting the 4K footage, the files come in “green” with audio (which “plays” fine) along with separate files for each clip that appear to be “stills” of the first frame of video.

As you see, many folks are talking about how to import Sony PXW-X70 XAVC files into Final Cut Pro X or FCP 7 for editing without problems. Sony PXW-X70, an ultra-compact XDCAM, records broadcast quality 1920 x 1080 HD video using a variety of codecs, at 4:2:2 10-bit in XAVC Long-GOP codec as well as AVCHD and DV format. XAVC is officially stated to be supported in Final Cut Pro X while Final Cut Pro can’t support at all, however, the highly-compressed XAVC files is not ideal for editing. As far as i know, to solve those problems, the most important piece of the equation is that transcoding PXW-X70 XAVC to Final Cut Pro native formats (Apple ProRes encoded .mov is highly recommended). Along with some help from a professional XAVC to FCP converter, it can be done effortlessly.

To help those who wanna edit PXW-X70 XAVC files in FCP X/7 flawlessly, here I share with you a simple guide on how to convert Sony PXW-X70 XAVC files to Apple ProRes MOV format for Final Cut Pro.

Downloading the App – Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac

With it, you effortlessly convert XAVC footage shot from Sony PXW-X70 to FCP highly compatible ProRes MOV, ensuring maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with Final Cut Pro X or FCP 7. Besides, its also exports advanced encoders like Apple Intermediate Codec, DNxHD, etc. allowing you to convert video to seamlessly fit iMovie, iDVD, Adobe Premiere, Avid Media Composer, etc. If you are editing Sony PXW-X70 XAVC with Final Cut Pro 7 or FCP X, chances are you already installed this great free utility. If not, download it it from here. Below are the steps on converting Sony XAVC to ProRes MOV for FCP.

Guide on Converting Sony PXW-X70 XAVC S for Editing in FCP 7/FCP X

Step 1: Install the program on Mac and run it. Drag the XAVC files to the software. Or you can also click “Add” button on the top of the main interface to import video to the program. It supports batch conversion and joining multiple video clips into one file.


Step 2: Click the “Format” bar and select Final Cut Pro> Apple PreRes 422(*.mov) as output format. This format is specially designed for FCP, so that you can edit your original Sony PXW-X70 video in Final Cut Pro perfectly without quality loss.


Tips: Adjust video, audio settings

Click the “Settings” button and customize proper video/audio parameters including Video size, bitrate and fame rate and mroe. Usually 1920*1080 video size and 30fps video frame rate are recommended for FCP editing. Well, if you prefer to work with 4K video, you can adjust video size to get 4K ProRes for FCP.

Step 3: After all necessary settings, hit the convert button to start the XAVC video to ProRes conversion on Mac OS X. Once the conversion process shows in 100%, click Open to get the output videos. Create a project and start editing Son PXW-X70 XAVC video in Final Cut Pro 7 or FCP X with light speed.

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