Summary: If you are looking for the best workflow between Sony PXW-Z100 4K Handheld XDCAM Camcorder and FCP / DaVinci Resolve, you may come to the right place. This article covers the topic of how to convert Sony PXW-Z100 4K XAVC to ProRes for FCP and DaVinci Resolve.
Sony has expanded its 4K camera line with the new release of Sony PXW-Z100 4K Handheld XDCAM Camcorder, Sony FDR-AX1 4k Camcorder, and Sony FDR-AX100E 4K Camcorder. In my former post, I’ve talked about Sony PXW-Z100 4K XAVC and Avid workflow, in this post, I would like to talk something about how to transcode Sony PXW-Z100 4K XAVC to DaVinci Resolve and Final Cut Pro’s favorite editing codec – Apple ProRes.
Why convert Sony PXW-Z100 4K XAVC to ProRes for FCP and DaVinci Resolve?
As a matter of fact, FCP and DaVinci Resolve were supposed to have native support for Sony XAVC recording format, but for some reason, we still saw people asking questions about how to make FCP and Resolve recognize PXW-Z100 4K XAVC footage. To make things easier, most of us would choose to convert Sony PXW-Z100 4K XAVC to Apple ProRes, the best suited editing codec for either FCP or DaVinci Resolve.
To do format shifting, third party software is required, considering the ease of use, the availability and the reliability, we would recommend HD Video Converter for Mac, which works great as a Sony PXW-Z100 4K XAVC to ProRes Converter.
Convert Sony PXW-Z100 4K XAVC to ProRes for FCP and DaVinci Resolve
To be able to convert Sony PXW-Z100 4K XAVC media for DaVinci Resolve and FCP using HD Video Converter for Mac, follow these steps:
Step 1: Run HD Video Converter for Mac as a professional XAVC to FCP/DaVinci Resolve Converter. When the main interface pops up, you can click ‘Add File’ button to load XAVC data into this program.
Step 2: Click “Profile” bar to choose ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as output format under ‘Final Cut Pro’ column. The ProRes 422 is a good option for the Sony PXW-Z100 4K XAVC files, and the file size is reasonable.
Step 3: Custom video and audio settings (for advanced user)
You are allowed to click “Settings” button to custom video and audio parameters like resolution, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate, and audio channel on ‘Profile Settings’ panel.
Step 4: Click ‘Convert’ button to start converting Sony PXW-Z100 4K XAVC video to Apple ProRes 422 for using with Final Cut Pro and DaVinci Resolve.
Step 5: After conversion finished, click “Open Folder” button to get the exported ProRes 422 QuickTime files for using in FCP or DaVinci Resolve.