Sony PXW-FS5 and FCP 7 Workflow – Transcode XAVC to ProRes

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The Sony FS7 has already been lauded for being an incredible value, earning Videomaker’s Editor’s Choice award. The Sony PXW-FS5 looks to take the best of the FS7 and package it into a more approachable camera. It can record videos in your choice of XAVC-L or AVCHD. Overall we are expecting the image to be most exciting from the PXW-FS5. However, if you want to import the XAVC videos from Sony PXW-FS5 to Final Cut Pro 7 or even FCP X for editing the movies, you may find the high quality XAVC files are not recognized by FCP. So what’s the available workflow for Sony PXW-FS5 and FCP?

Sony really has a couple of really great 4k cameras available for some time now. However, there’s not going to be native support for the XAVC codec in most NLEs, even if FCPX. Some guys recommend to download and install the XAVC Plug-in for Apple (PDZK-LT2) provided by Sony, which provides support for XAVC files shot on Sony SxS card. Note: This plug-in requires Final Cut Pro X 10.0.8 or higher for XAVC format. Not to say it still goes with longtime rendering when you import PXW-FS5 4k XAVC to FCP X.

Fortunately, there is an easy way to fix the issue. If you’re facing problems when working with Sony FS5 XAVC footage in FCP 7 or FCP X, follow this article to transcode the XAVC S to ProRes, which ensures the best results when working with Final Cut Pro.

Converting Sony PXW-FS5 XAVC to ProRes for Editing in FCP 7/X

The quick workaround is to use the easy-to-use yet professional app called Brorosft Video Converter for Mac which can be used as a XAVC to FCP Converter under Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan, 10.10 Yosemite, 10.9 Mavericks, 10.8 Mountain Lion, 10.7 Lion, Snow Leopard 10.6, etc. It is free, clean and safe to install and use. With it, you can effortlessly transcode any video including XAVC to Apple ProRes 422, ProRes 422 HD, ProRes 422 LT, ProRes 4444, which ensures maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with Final Cut Pro X/7/6. Besides, the program also supports other various encoders like MPEG-2 for Premiere Pro, DNxHD .mov for Avid MC, etc., and it works well and converts flawlessly. Below is how to do it.

Step 1. Load XAVC files

Install and launch Sony XAVC Converter, and then click “Add” button to load XAVC files from FS5 or directly drag the footage to the program.

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Step 2. Choose ProRes as the output format

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

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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.

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Step 3: Start XAVC to ProRes conversion

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 Sony FS5 XAVC footage in Final Cut Pro 7 or FCP X with light speed.

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