Sony NX3 AVCHD workflow with FCP 7/FCP X

How can I import and edit Sony NX3 AVCHD in FCP7/FCPX? If you are looking for an easy and smooth Sony NX3 AVCHD workflow with FCP7/FCPX, you may wish to read this post. It shows a way of converting Sony NX3 AVCHD footage to ProRes codec for use in FCP with optimum performance.
import and edit Sony NX3 AVCHD in FCP7/FCPX

The Sony HXR-NX3 is a professional SD/HD/MP4 camcorder that features Sony Exmor 3CMOS Sensors for outstanding image quality. HD video is recorded in AVCHD 2.0 (1080 50p) format with a high 50 fps frame rate that achieves smooth, natural subject motion. 50i and 25p modes provide playback compatibility with Blu-ray players. The ability to record in DV format is also provided for users who prefer a DV workflow, and who need to work in a DV compatible non-linear editing environment. There’s also a Slow & Quick Motion feature that achieves smooth 2x slow motion when recording at 25p, or 50x quick motion recorded at 1 frame per second when recording at 50p.

In some occasions, to be ale to edit Sony NX3 AVCHD in FCP 7/X fluidly, videographers need to transcode NX3 AVCHD media to ProRes codec before editing. This is called “transcoded editing”. In this post, we will guide you through the process of converting Sony NX3 AVCHD video to ProRes 422 for use in Final Cut Pro version 7 and FCP X with lossless quality.

Software requirement
HD Video Converter for Mac
Sony NX3 AVCHD workflow with FCP7/FCPX

[Guide] How to convert Sony NX3 AVCHD footage for FCP editing?

Follow these steps:
Step 1: Run HD Video Converter for Mac as a professional Sony NX3 AVCHD to ProRes Converter. When its main interface comes up, click ‘Add File’ to load source video to it.
converting Sony NX3 AVCHD footage to ProRes codec

Step 2: Select ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as output format for opening with FCP 7 or FCP 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.
Sony NX3 AVCHD to ProRes Converter
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 NX3 AVCHD 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 with optimum performance.

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