How can I expect a smooth workflow between Sony a7 III and FCP X? If for whatever reason you have problems importing Sony Alpha a7 III video files into Final Cut Pro X for further editing, we would suggest making new Apple ProRes QuickTime media that is FCP X friendly before you start post production.
Sony a7 III Video Capability
Recording Format: XAVC S, AVCHD format Ver. 2.0 compliant
Video Compression: XAVC S: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, AVCHD: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Audio Recording Format: XAVC S: LPCM 2ch, AVCHD: Dolby Digital (AC-3) 2ch, Dolby Digital Stereo Creator
How do you convert Sony a7 III XAVC S files for FCP X editing?
“How do I convert Sony Alpha a7 III XAVC S .mp4 files for FCP X? My Sony Alpha a7 III saves the clips in .mp4 file format. I would like to edit them in FCP X, and for this I need to convert them for instance QuickTime. There are numerous suggestions as to which converter is the best, and I have tried a handful without success – including bought versions. They either cannot convert at all or convert into something which turns out to be useless and/or severely reduced quality in FCP X. Should I try converting to another format and which converter works for you?”
If for some reason you need to convert Sony Alpha a7 III video files for FCP X, you can give HD Video Converter for Mac a shot. It is able to export optimized ProRes codec for editing in FCP X with optimum performance.
How to transcode Sony Alpha a7 III video files to ProRes for FCP X?
To transcode Sony Alpha a7 III footage to ProRes for FCP X, do as below:
Follow these steps:
Step 1: Run HD Video Converter for Mac as a professional Sony a7 III 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 ‘Profile’ 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 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 a7 iii 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 with optimum performance.
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