Run into incompatibility issues editing Sony HDR-AS100V XAVC-S MP4 footage in Final Cut Pro 7? If so, you may wish to read this post. It displays a workaround to transcode Sony HDR-AS100V XAVC-S MP4 recordings to ProRes for use in FCP 7 with optimum performance.
Can’t import XAVC-S footage from Sony HDR-AS100V into FCP 7
“Hi, there, I hope someone can help. I’ve recently begun shooting video with Sony’s HDR-AS100V POV Action Cam in XAVC-S mode. I’m working with FCP 7 and it doesn’t recognize the XAVC-S files taken with my HDR-AS100V. I searched online and found Sony did not work on a plug-in for FCP 7, as it was discontinued 4 years ago. Someone recommended using external software to convert HDR-AS100V XAVC-S to ProRes 422. Does anyone have experience with such conversions? Please advice a helpful app. Many Thanks.”
On the recording front, Sony has given the AS100V a boost by adding XAVC S recording (60/30/24p) at 50Mbps. On paper at least, this high-quality mode gives the camera a significant advantage over its regular MP4 recording which is at 28Mbps. Pro-quality XAVC S Full HD 1080p recording with a high 50 Mbps bit-rate enables the HDR-AS100V to capture quick action with smooth image motion, but also brings incompatibility issues while editing them in FCP 7. There are still a lot of people using Final Cut Pro 7 several years after the release of FCP X. Apple has long since stopped supporting older legacy versions of Final Cut. If you still use FCP 7 and want to edit XAVC-S footage shot on a Sony HDR-AS100V POV Action Cam, you will need a third party converter to transcode Sony HDR-AS100V XAVC-S material into ProRes for a fast and fluid workflow. HD Video Converter for Mac will do the trick for you.
A quick guide on how to convert Sony HDR-AS100V POV Action Cam XAVC S to ProRes for FCP 7 editing
Follow these steps:
Step 1: Run HD Video Converter for Mac as a professional Sony HDR-AS100V 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 its most recent version FCP X. 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 HDR-AS100V XAVC-S to ProRes MOV conversion.
Step 5: Click ‘Open Folder’ to get generated ProRes 422 QuickTime files for editing in Final Cut Pro 7 with optimum performance.
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