If you are trying to figure out a smooth workflow for Sony DSC-HX80 XAVC S files and FCP X, you may wish to read this post. It demonstrates a workaround to transcode Sony DSC-HX80 XAVC S video to Apple ProRes codec for use in FCP X with optimum performance.
How to edit Sony DSC-HX80 XAVC S files in FCP X smoothly?
“Hi, all, I have just received a Sony DSC-HX80 camera, which shoots 1080-60p video files using Sony’s XAVC S codec in MP4 container. If anyone has had any experience editing this format in Final Cut Pro X, I would be pleased to learn of their experience and the specs of the computer they are using. I am hopeful that editing XAVC-S footage on my old Mac will be possible. Thanks in advance for responding.”
Using an 18.2MP 1/2.3″ Exmor R CMOS sensor and BIONZ X image processor, the DSC-HX80 is able to produce high-resolution stills and full HD video with notable clarity and smooth tonality. Full HD 1080 video recording is supported in 60p, 60i, or 24p frame rates, with the ability to use the high-quality 50 Mbps XAVC S format or familiar high-definition AVCHD format. When using either of these formats, a secondary Internet-friendly MP4 version can be simultaneously recorded for easy online sharing.
It’s easy to work with AVCHD files and MP4 files in FCP X, but it may be quite different while working with XAVC S format in FCP X. That’s mainly because XAVC S is a quite new format. For a faster and more fluid workflow, we would recommend converting Sony DSC-HX80 XAVC S files to FCP X preferred ProRes codec first. Check a quick guide on how to convert Sony DSC-HX80 XAVC S files to ProRes for FCP X editing.
Sony DSC-HX80 XAVC S and FCPX – transcode Sony DSC-HX80 XAVC S files to QuickTime .mov with ProRes codec for editing in FCP X
Follow these steps:
Step 1: Run HD Video Converter for Mac as a professional Sony DSC-HX80 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 Sony DSC-HX80 XAVC S files 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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