Can FCP X natively import directly from Sony HVR-Z7U camcorder? Is transcoding needed to work with HVR-Z7U HDV/DVCAM/DV footage in FCP X? Read on to find answers to these questions.
How can I import Sony HVR-Z7U HDV files to FCP X?
”Hello, all, I’m having an issue loading Sony HVR-Z7U footage to FCPX. I used an HVR-MRC1K memory recording card and copied the card onto my hard disk drive. Now I can’t get FCP X to import those HVR-Z7U HDV files captured at 1080/30p. Does anyone know what I can possibly do??? I would really appreciate any help. Thank you so much!”
If Googling, you will find there are a bundle of incompatibility issues raised about cameras and FCP X. For Sony HVR-Z7U HDV camcorder, FCP X has no problem importing native directly from its tape or its card based recorder, the HVR-MRC1. No transcoding needed, but it might be recommended in some situations. In this article, we will display the way of converting Sony HVR-Z7U HDV/DVCAM/DV footage to ProRes 422 for editing in FCP X without optimum performance.
Sony HVR-Z7U and FCPX – transcode Sony HVR-Z7U HDV/DVCAM/DV footage 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 HVR-Z7U 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 HVR-Z7U 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/7/6 with optimum performance.
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