How can I import and edit Sony RX10 XAVC-S video in FCP 7? If you run into troubles ingesting Sony RX10 XAVC-S video into FCP 7, you may wish to read this thread. It displays a way of converting Sony RX10 XAVC-S footage to ProRes for use in FCP 7 with optimum performance.
Sony has introduces XAVC S as its expansion of the widely adopted XAVC format to serve the consumer market. “XAVC S” employing MP4 wrapping format will encourage growth of 4K content in the consumer market.
“XAVC S” profile
- Resolution: 4K (3840 x 2160), HD, and Proxy
- Compression: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
- Wrapping format: MP4
- Audio: Linear PCM and AAC
Sony has given Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 the same XAVC S codec found on its RX100 III, a7S, and a5100 models via firmware update v.2 This allows for 1080p/60/30/24 and 720p/120 resolutions (and their PAL equivalents) at a bit rate of 50Mbps. If you shot with a Sony RX10 camera in its new XAVC S format, you may experience incompatibility issues loading its XAVC S footage into NLEs like FCP 7. That’s mainly because FCP 7 is a discontinued editing program, which does not have support for the quite new XAVC S compression method. To be able to work with Sony RX10 XAVC S footage in FCP 7 smoothly, you will need to transcode RX10 XAVC S MP4 footage to an intermediate format that is best suitable for use in FCP 7, such as ProRes, FCP’s favorite editing codec, which FCP 7 will recognize and handle well. Read on to find a quick guide on how to encode Sony RX10 XAVC-S MP4 to ProRes for FCP 7 editing.
[Guide] How to transcode Sony RX10 XAVC S to ProRes for FCP 7 editing?
Download, install and run HD Video Converter for Mac, then follow these steps:
Step 1: Run HD Video Converter for Mac as a professional XAVC S MP4 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 its former version FCP 6 and latest version FCP X. When loading them into FCP X/6/7, 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 RX10 XAVC S MP4 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 or FCP X with optimum performance.
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