Import Sony F55/F5 XAVC MXF footage to FCP

If you have troubles when trying to import the Sony XAVC Intra HD files (shoot by a Sony F55 or F5 4k camera) into Final Cut Pro 7 or FCP X, this post may shed you some light on this.

The XAVC/XDCAM Plug-in for Apple (PDZK-LT2) is a camera import plug-in provided by Sony for the purpose of letting users be able to import Sony XAVC, XDCAM, XDCAM HD, and XDCAM EX media into Final Cut Pro X. Unfortunately, there isn’t a workable plug-in for FCP 7 and FCP 7 does not work with Sony XAVC at all. Let’s see a user question in the beginning:

“Hi, there, I’m wondering if there’s third party software that would help me out. I shot a Jazz concert using Sony PMW-F55 camera and now when I am trying to import the XAVC Intra HD files onto Final Cut Pro 7 I’m getting an error that says there maybe no codec for FCP. I don’t know where to get the codec for FCP, and I can’t find an available Sony plug-in for FCP 7. It seems that I have to transcode the Sony XAVC footage to Apple ProRes. Can anyone recommend a program to do so? My most concerns are the ease of use and lossless output quality (invisible lossless is accepted). Please help. Many thanks!”

sony f55 and f5 camera

If you have encountered the same problem mentioned above, please try out Sony XAVC to ProRes Converter. You can download a free trail to see if it would be able to satisfy your needs.

free download sony xavc to fcp converter (Secure download)

How to encode Sony F55/F5 XAVC footage to ProRes for FCP?

Follow these steps:
1. Install and launch the Sony F55 to FCP Converter. From the main interface, click ‘Add File’ button to import Sony XAVC footage shoot using F55 or F5.
f55 to fcp

2. From the Profile bar, navigate to ‘Final Cut Pro’ catalogue, and choose ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as target format.
prores output for xavc
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.

3. If necessary, you can click ‘Settings’ button to adjust video and audio parameters like video codec, video bit rate, video frame rate, video resolution, audio codec, audio bit rate, audio sample rate, and audio channels. (Optional)

4. Click ‘Convert’ button to start encoding Sony F55/F5 4K XAVC files to Apple ProRes 422 format for using smoothly within Final Cut Pro 6, Final Cut Pro 7 or Final Cut Pr X.

5. As soon as the conversion task finished, you are able to click ‘Open Folder’ button to locate the exported ProRes MOV files. Now you can import them into Apple FCP 7 or FCP X for further editing without rendering.

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