How can I natively import and edit Sony RX10 XAVC S files in FCP X/7? This post presents a way of converting Sony RX10 XAVC S files to Apple ProRes codec for use in Final Cut with optimum performance.
Sony has given Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 the same XAVC S codec found on its RX100 III, a7S, and a5100 models via firmware update v.2. XAVC-S is essentially the same compression format as Sony’s XAVC, used in its high end professional cameras. The main difference is that XAVC S is wrapped in an MP4 container whereas XAVC uses an MXF wrapper.
The new firmware enables XAVC S recording for 1080p/60/30/24 and 720p/120 resolutions (and their PAL equivalents) at a bit rate of 50Mbps. Aside from the new firmware, a SDXC card is the only other thing you’ll need to get started shooting in XAVC S mode.
To be able to work with Sony RX10 XAVC S MP4 files in FCP X/7 easily and smoothly, people sometimes need to transcode RX10 XAVC S footage to a format that is fully compatible with FCP, such as Apple ProRes Codec, FCP’s favorite editing codec, which FCP X/7 will recognize and handle well. Read on to learn a quick guide on how to transcode RX10 XAVC S MP4 files to ProRes for FCP editing.
Sony RX10 XAVC S files and FCP 7/X – how to transcode Sony RX10 XAVC S MP4 files to ProRes 422 for transferring to FCP 7/X more flawlessly?
Follow these steps:
Step 1: Run HD Video Converter for Mac as a professional Sony RX10 XAVC S to FCP Converter. When its main interface comes up, click ‘Add File’ to load source video to it.
Step 2: Select ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as output format for opening with FCP 7/X
From the ‘Profile’ list, 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 X and its former version FCP 6 and 7. When loading them into FCP (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.
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 RX10 XAVC S MP4 to ProRes MOV conversion.
Step 5: Click ‘Open Folder’ to get generated ProRes 422 QuickTime files for transferring and editing in Final Cut Pro X/7/6 with optimum performance.
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