We write this tutorial to help those who are having issues working with Sony a6300 4K and 1080p videos in Final Cut Pro X. It presents a workaround to transcode Sony a6300 movies to Apple ProRes codec for use in FCP X smoothly.
FCP X support for Sony a6300 4k videos
“Hello guys, I have a Sony a6300 camera which is able to capture 4k (3840 x 2160) video at 30p, as well as 1080p video at 120p. Recently, I have switched to a Mac specifically for FCP X. I’m really not familiar enough with this video editing application and I’m having issues working with a6300 4k videos in FCPX. The editing process is unstable and unreliable. Has anyone tried editing 4k videos from an a6300 on FCP X? Please help. Thanks.”
The a6300 records 3840 x 2160 files in XAVC S format at up to 30p. If for whatever reason you are having issues working with Sony a6300 4k XAVC S videos in FCP X, we would recommend transcode them to a format that is compatible with FCP X first, such as Apple ProRes 422, FCP X’s favorite editing codec, which FCP X will recognize and handle well. Read on to learn a simple guide on how to transcode Sony a6300 XAVC S files to ProRes for FCP X.
Sony a6300 4k/1080p XAVC S and FCPX – transcode a6300 4k/1080p XAVC S footage to ProRes for editing in FCP X
Follow these steps:
Step 1: Run HD Video Converter for Mac as a professional Sony a6300 XAVC S to FCP X 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 X
From the Format bar, 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 a6300 4k/1080p XAVC S footage 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 with optimum performance.
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