How to Import Sony HDR-AS200V XAVC S Files to FCP 7

Problems working Sony HDR-AS200V XAVC S footage in Final Cut Pro 7 or FCP X? Simply follow this tutorial to fix the issue.

Sony HDR-AS200V shoots in a diverse range of HD resolutions to capture versatile video looks. The Action Cam is capable of recording in 7 different video modes : PRO (XAVC S 60p/ 30p/ 24p) 50Mbps, PS (1080 60p), 28Mbps, HQ (1080 30p), 16Mbps HS120 (720 120p), 28Mbps STD (720 30p), 6Mbps VGA (480 30p), 3Mbps HS240 (VGA 240p), 28Mbps Additionally, pro quality XAVC S recording with 60Mbps high bit rate data transfer enables HDR-AS200V to capture quick action with smooth image motion. Overall, we are expecting the image to be most exciting from HDR-AS200V. However, if you want to import the XAVC S footage from Sony HDR-AS200V to Final Cut Pro 7 or FCP X for editing the movies, you man find the high quality XAVC S format is not recognized by FCP. So what’s the matter? And what’s the available workflow for Sony HDR-AS200V and FCP 7/X?

Generally, we can use Log and Transfer or Log and Capture to import videos, images, ect to FCP for editing. But XAVC S codec is a new one, and is not widely supported, including FCP 6/7 and even the latest FCP X. To make the Sony AS200V XAVC S files compatible with FCP, the easy workaround is to convert XAVC S to ProRes MOV, which ensures best results when using in Final Cut Pro 7 or FCP X. Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac is the solid tool to help users make the XAVC S to ProRes transcoding on Mac OS X(Yosemite and Mavericks included).

With it, you effortlessly encode/re-encode XAVC S intra footage shot from Sony AS200V 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 AS200V XAVC S with Final Cut Pro 7 or FCP X, chances are you already installed this great free utility. If not, download it from here. Below are the steps on converting XAVC S to ProRes MOV for FCP.

Converting Sony AS200V XAVC S for Editing in FCP 7/X

Step 1: Import XAVC S videos

Install and run the XAVC S to ProRes 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 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 AS200V XAVC S video in Final Cut Pro 7 or FCP X with light speed.

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