We write this post to help those who are looking for a solution to transcode XAVC-S footage to ProRes codec on a Mac machine. It guides you through the process of converting XAVC-S MP4 files to ProRes for use in NLEs like FCP X, FCP 7, DaVinci Resolve, Adobe Premiere, etc. with optimum performance.
Sony has expanded XAVC to the consumer market with the release of XAVC S. XAVC S supports resolutions up to 3840*2160, uses MP4 as the container format, and uses either AAC or LPCM for the audio. The FDR-AX1 and the FDR-AX100 are the first two Sony 4K cameras that record footage using XAVC S format.
For a faster and more fluid XAVC S workflow on Mac, videographers sometimes need to transcode XAVC S to ProRes before editing. With HD Converter installed, it won’t be a problem to encode XAVC S MP4 video to ProRes. Here’s how.
How to convert XAVC S to ProRes on Mac?
Follow these steps:
Step 1: Run HD Converter for Mac as a professional XAVC S to ProRes 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
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. In addition to FCP, ProRes is also a suitable editing codec for DaVinci Resolve, Edius, and Adobe Premiere.
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 XAVC S footage to ProRes MOV conversion.
Step 5: Click ‘Open Folder’ to get generated ProRes 422 QuickTime files for editing in your NLEs with optimum performance.
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