If you are looking to import Sony AX100 footage in the XAVC S (.mp4) format into Final Cut Pro 7, you may find the information and steps outlined in this article helpful. It demonstrates a workaround to transcode Sony AX100 XAVC S recordings to ProRes for editing in FCP 7 fluidly.
How can I import Sony AX100 XAVC S footage to FCP 7?
“Hi, there, does anyone have any clues on how to import Sony AX100 XAVC S footage to FCP 7? I’m editing with FCP 7, and ‘Log & Transfer’ doesn’t let me import XAVC S footage from my Sony AX100 4K Ultra HD Camcorder (SD card) to FCP 7. It says unsupported media. My friend has imported these XAVC S 4K files into FCP X 10.2 with no problem and he can edit XAVC S files in MP4 container in FCP X natively. Why this didn’t happen in FCP 7? Any guidance on this?”
Editing Sony AX100 XAVC S footage (which is XAVC S footage in an .MP4 wrapper) in FCP 7 is not quite straight forward as using XAVC S footage in the most recent FCP X 10.2. To be able to import Sony AX100 XAVC S files to FCP 7 for further editing, you will need to convert them to ProRes before editing. In the guide below, we will present a step-by-step guide talking about how to transcode AX100 XAVC S MP4 to ProRes for FCP 7 editing with optimum performance. You can check it out below.
How to encode AX100 XAVC S footage to ProRes for FCP 7?
What to do if FCP 7 can not open Sony AX100 XAVC S footage? Transcoding in a 3rd party app like HD Video Converter for Mac is a feasible workaround.
First of all, download a demo of HD Video Converter for Mac
Then follow these steps:
Step 1: Run HD Video Converter for Mac as a professional Sony AX100 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 for opening with FCP 7
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 7 and it latest version FCP X. When loading them into FCP 7/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 AX100 XAVC S video to ProRes MOV conversion.
Step 5: Click ‘Open Folder’ to get generated ProRes 422 QuickTime files for transferring and editing in Final Cut Pro 7 with optimum performance.
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