For a fast and fluid Sony AX100 XAVC S editing workflow on Mac, videographers sometimes need to convert Sony AX100 XAVC S files to a Mac friendly format before editing. Here in this post, you will learn an easy and direct way to transcode AX100 XAVC S media to QuickTime movie format for editing on Mac as smoothly as possible.
How can I ingest Sony AX100 XAVC S files to FCP 7?
“Hi, guys, I made my first shot with Sony FDR-AX100 4K Handycam last weekend. Today I have time to edit them in FCP 7. Unfortunately, I can not ‘Log & Transfer’ them to Final Cut Pro. A warning message says unsupported media. What do I do to let FCP 7 recognize XAVC S files from AX100? Any guidance would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.”
The FDR-AX100 is capable of recording 4K Ultra HD video at 30 frames per second and Full HD 1080p at up to 60 fps using XAVC S codec in an .MP4 wrapper. Editing Sony AX100 XAVC S footage is not as easy as editing MXF files in FCP 7 via using a free plugin. To be able to smoothly work with Sony AX100 XAVC S footage on Mac through FCP 7 or other Mac NLEs like iMovie, FCE and FCP X, you are recommended converting Sony AX100 XAVC S files to a Mac friendly format for optimum performance.
In the guide below, we will present a step-by-step guide talking about how to transcode FDR-AX100 XAVC S MP4 to QuickTime MOV format for editing on Mac with optimum performance. You can check it out below.
How to encode FDR-AX100 XAVC S footage to MOV for editing on Mac?
What to do if FCP 7/FCPX/iMovie/FCE can not open Sony FDR-AX100 XAVC S footage? Transcoding in a 3rd party app like HD Video Converter for Mac is a feasible workaround.
Then follow these steps:
Step 1: Run HD Video Converter for Mac as a professional Sony AX100 XAVC S to QuickTime MOV Converter. When its main interface comes up, click ‘Add File’ to load source video to it.
Step 2: Select a QuickTime movie format as target format for editing on Mac
For example, if you are trying to edit AX100 XAVC S files in FCP 7 or FCP X, you can navigate to ‘Profile’ list, and move to ‘Final Cut Pro’ catalogue, and select ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as target format. Apple ProRes is the best suited editing codec for FCP 7 and it latest version FCP X. When loading them into FCP 7/X, you needn’t wait for a long time for rendering.
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 want to convert Sony AX100 XAVC S MP4 footage for use in iMovie and the discontinued Final Cut Express, you can click on ‘Profile’ list, and choose ‘Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC)(*.mov)’ as output format under ‘iMovie and Final Cut Express’ 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 FDR-AX100 XAVC S video to MOV conversion.
Step 5: Click ‘Open Folder’ to get generated QuickTime files for transferring and editing on Mac through iMovie, FCE or FCP 7 and FCP X with optimum performance.
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