Read this post to find a step-by-step guide talking about how to transcode Sony PMW-F5 XAVC MXF video files to Apple ProRes codec for use in Final Cut Pro 7 with optimum performance.
The PMW-F5 camera offers robust built-in recording modes, all with vibrant 4:2:2 color. Irresistible options include the amazing precision of 16-bit linear RAW 2K/4K recording and high speed shooting at up to 120 fps without cropping. Multiple recording formats includes HD/2K on SxS memory and 16-bit RAW 2K/4K on AXSM™ media Multiple recording formats include MPEG-2 HD422, MPEG4 SStP, XAVC 2K/HD and 16-bit RAW 2K/4K.
There are still a lot of people using Final Cut Pro 7 several years after the release of FCP X. Apple has long since stopped supporting older legacy versions of Final Cut. If you still use FCP 7 and want to edit XAVC footage shot on a Sony F5, you may need a third party converter to transcode Sony F5 XAVC material into another format for editing, such as Apple ProRes .mov, FCP’s favorite editing codec, which FCP 7 will recognize and handle well without extra rendering. The PMW-F5 records in XAVC mode using MXF wrapper, so a simple MXF Converter will do the trick. If for whatever reason you need to rewrap Sony F5 XAVC footage to ProRes, you can give MXF Converter for Mac a shot.
A quick guide on how to transcode Sony F5 XAVC MXF files to ProRes for Final Cut Pro 7
1. Start up MXF Converter for Mac as a professional Sony F5 XAVC Converter for FCP 7, and then click ‘Add Video’ button to import your source files.
2. Select ProRes as output format for FCP 7
Navigate to ‘Profile’ list and select ‘Final Cut Pro’ > ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as the best compatible video format for Final Cut Pro.
3. Custom video and audio settings
If necessary, you can click ‘Settings’ button to modify video and audio settings like bitrate, video resolution, frame rate, audio channels, sample rate, etc. 3D effect is also available.
4. Start Sony F5 XAVC MXF to ProRes conversion for FCP 7
When ready, click ‘Convert’ to start format conversion. As soon as the conversion is complete, you can click ‘Open Folder’ button to get the generated ProRes files for use in FCP 7 with optimum performance.
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