If you are having issues editing Sony a99 ll XAVC-S footage on a Mac machine, you are in the right place. This post displays a way of transcoding a99 ll XAVC-S media to ProRes for use in NLEs like FCP X, FCP 7, Adobe Premiere, DaVinci Resolve, etc. with optimum performance.
Anyone know of a program to convert a99 ll XAVC-S files to ProRes???
“Hello, can anyone help please? I have a new Sony a99 ll camera. I’m trying to edit its XAVC S footage in FCP 7. My issue is that FCP 7 won’t import a99 ll XAVC-S files. I know FCP X supports this codec, but I really like FCP 7 than X, so I have to find myself a solution to transcode a99 ll XAVC-S files to ProRes before start. Anyone know of a third party converter worth trying? Thanks.”
With HD Converter for Mac installed, it won’t be a problem to convert a99 ll XAVC-S footage to ProRes for a smooth editing workflow on Mac. Here’s how.
How to encode a99 ll XAVC-S to ProRes for editing?
Download, install and run HD Video Converter, then follow these steps:
Step 1: Run HD Video Converter as a professional Sony XAVC S to ProRes Converter. When its main interface comes up, click ‘Add File’ to load source video to it.
Step 2: Select ‘Apple ProRes (*.mov)’ as output format
From the ‘Profile’ list, move to ‘Final Cut Pro’ catalogue, and select ‘Apple ProRes (*.mov)’ as target format. This converter offers a couple of ProRes formats for users to choose from, including Apple ProRes 422, Apple ProRes 422 (HQ), Apple ProRes 422 (LT), Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy), and Apple ProRes 4444, you can select one as target format depending on your requirement in post production.
Apple ProRes 422 – Higher quality than Apple ProRes 422 (LT);
Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) – Keep original video quality for editing in FCP;
Apple ProRes 422 (LT) – Get a smaller file sizes than Apple ProRes 422;
Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy) – SD levels – 480i/p and 576i/p. Used in offline workflows.
Apple ProRes 4444 – Edit and finish 4:4:4 material.
Important: If you’ve loaded a number of video clips to do batch conversion, please do remember ticking off ‘Apply to All’ option before you start.
If you are using HD Video Converter Windows version, you need to select ‘ProRes’ as output under ‘General Video’ column.
Step 3: Adjust video and audio settings (for advanced users)
If necessary, you can click ‘Settings’ button and go to ‘Profiles Settings’ panel to modify video and audio settings like video encoder, resolution, video bit rate, frame rate, aspect ratio, audio encoder, sample rate, audio bit rate, and audio channels. 3D settings are also available.
Step 4: Click ‘Convert’ to start Sony a99 II XAVC S video to ProRes MOV conversion.
Step 5: Click ‘Open Folder’ to get generated ProRes QuickTime files for transferring and editing in NLEs with optimum performance.