Sony a6300 XAVC S and Final Cut Pro 7 Workflow


Fast-focusing and 4K-shooting, the Alpha a6300 from Sony is a versatile APS-C-format mirrorless digital camera designed for multimedia image-makers. Full HD 1080p recording is also supported in frame rates up to 120 fps, and both resolutions utilize the 100 Mbps XAVC S format contained within an MP4 wrapper with 4:2:0 sampling. Overall we are expecting the image to be most exciting from the Alpha a6300. owever, if we want to import the 4K/1080p XAVC S videos from Sony a6300 to Final Cut Pro 7 for editing the movies, you may find the high quality XAVC S files are not recognized by FCP 7. So what’s the matter and what’s the available workflow for Sony Sony a6300 and Final Cut Pro 7?

Will we have to transcode Sony a6300 XAVC S into another codec to be able to work in FCP 7? At present XVAC-S, a long GOP inter-frame codec, does not appear to be supported by FCP, although I do not know that from personal experience. Apple does not respond on these forums and no one here knows or can say when, if ever, XVAC-S will be natively supported by Final Cut Pro.

To edit Sony a6300 XAVC S footage in FCP 7 smoothly, a suggestion is to use Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac to transcode XAVC S to ProRes, which is a friendly format supported by FCP. With this professional Mac XAVC S converter, you can effortlessly encode/re-encode XAVC-S from Sony a6300 II for smoothly importing and editing in various non-linear editing systems (NLE), including Final Cut Pro X, FCP 6/7, iMovie, Final Cut Express, Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, etc.

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Converting Sony a6300 XAVC S for Editing in Final Cut Pro

Step 1: Import XAVC S videos

Install and run the XAVC S Video Converter on your Mac, then run it. Click on “Add”, and browse your files; select all the XAVC S files you wanna convert. If you want to combine all the files together for easy importing to FCP, please tick the box “Merge into one” on the main interface.


Step 2: Choose ProRes as output format

Click the “Format” bar and select Final Cut Pro > Apple PreRes 422(*.mov) as output format.


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: Start XAVC S to ProRes conversion

After all necessary settings, hit the convert button to start the XAVC S 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 Sony a6300 XAVC S video in Final Cut Pro 7 or FCP X with light speed.

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