Sony FDR-AX100 4K Workflow within FCP 7

Problems working Sony FDR-AX100 4K XAVC S files with Final Cut Pro 7 or FCP X? Fortunately, there is an easy way to fix the issue. Let’s find it out here.

“Has anyone worked with media from the Sony FDR-AX100 in Final Cut Pro 7. Looking for some tips regarding post workflow and getting the media into FCP 7.”

The Sony FDR-AX100 records 4K (UltraHD footage) in the MPEG-4 format, hence the file extension .mp4 on your recorded files. The XVAC S codec that the camera uses for 4K records a highly compressed long GOP h.264 file (same as .mp4) and it’s not an ideal editing format. That’s why you will encounter problems when import the XAVC S videos from Sony AX100 to FCP7 or FCP X.

To make the XAVC S compatible with Final Cut Pro, the easy workaround is to transcode XAVC S to ProRes, which ensures best results when using in FCP 7 or FCP X. Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac is such a professional yet easy-to-use tool to help users make the XAVC S to ProRes trancoding on Mac.

The program provides perfect support for handling the 4K/UHD XAVC/XAVC S files. With it, you can effortlessly convert XAVC S clips from Sony FDR-AX100 to FCP highly compatible ProRes MOV, ensuring maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with Final Cut Pro X or FCP 7. Besides, the great utility 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’re editing with FCP 7 or FCP X, chances are you already installed this great utility. If not, download it from here. Below are the steps on converting Sony AX100 XAVC S to ProRes in details.

Converting Sony FDR-AX100 XAVC S for Editing in FCP 7/X

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 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 Sony FDR-AX100 XAVC S video in Final Cut Pro 7 or FCP X with light speed.

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