This post is written for people who are having issues while using Panasonic AJ-PX5000 footage in FCP (X). It displays an easy way to convert the PX5000 P2 MXF files to ProRes 422 for editing in FCP version 6, 7 or FCP X with optimum performance.
According to Panasonic, the AJ-PX5000 is the first P2 HD camcorder with native AVC-ULTRA recording and built-in microP2 card slots, featuring 720p and 1080i recording, as well as 1080/50p recording, a first for P2 HD cameras. The Panasonic AJ-PX5000 can record in AVC-LongG, AVC-Intra100/50, DVCPRO HD, DVCPRO50, DVCPRO and DV. The unit is 50 Hz and 59.94 Hz switchable for worldwide use. All that and more make the PX5000 an ideal camera for documentary, network news, sports production and high-end corporate, as well as the rental market. In our previous post, we have discussed how to work with Panasonic AJ-PX270 AVC-LongG MXF in FCP X and Adobe Premiere, and in this post, we would like to continue talking about how to convert Panasonic AJ-PX5000 MXF footage to Apple ProRes for editing in FCP version 6, 7 or FCP X in a simple and direct way.
What you need?
HD Video Converter for Mac – by using this 3rd party converter program, you are able to encode camera footage taken with Sony, Canon, Panasonic, JVC, RED, Nikon, etc. to best suited editing codec for use in various NLEs, such as FCP (X), iMovie, FCE, Avid, Adobe Premiere, Sony Vegas, DaVinci Resolve, After Effects and more with optima quality.
Panasonic AJ-PX5000 and FCP (X) workflow – how to convert Panasonic AJ-PX5000 MXF footage to MOV with ProRes codec for editing in FCP 6/7/X?
Follow these steps:
Step 1: Run HD Video Converter for Mac as a professional PX5000 to ProRes Converter for Mac. 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 under ‘Final Cut Pro’ column. The ProRes codec is workable in FCP 6, FCP 7 and the most recent version FCP X.
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.
This Panasonic PX5000 to to FCP converter program offers a couple of ProRes formats for users to choose from, including Apple ProRes 422, Apple ProRes 422 (HQ), Apple ProRes 422 (LT), Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy), and Apple ProRes 4444, you can select one as target format depending on your requirement in post production.
Apple ProRes 422 – Higher quality than Apple ProRes 422 (LT);
Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) – Keep original video quality for editing in FCP;
Apple ProRes 422 (LT) – Get a smaller file sizes than Apple ProRes 422;
Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy) – SD levels – 480i/p and 576i/p. Used in offline workflows.
Apple ProRes 4444 – Edit and finish 4:4:4 material.
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 Panasonic PX5000 MXF video to ProRes MOV conversion.
Step 5: Click ‘Open Folder’ to get generated ProRes QuickTime files for using in Final Cut Pro 6/7/X with optimum performance.
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