If you are looking for a fluid way to work with Sony HXR-NX1 1080-50p AVCHD footage in FCP X/7, you are in the right place. This post will guide you through the process of converting HXR-NX1 1080/50p AVCHD video to ProRes 422 for FCP X/7 editing with optimum performance.
The HXR-NX1 is a professional camcorder that features three 1/2.8-inch Exmor™ CMOS sensors for outstanding image quality. Dual media slots allow simultaneous or relay recording in AVCHD 2.0 (1080/50p) format.
Sony HXR-NX1 Features Highlights
• Three 1/2.8″ Exmor CMOS Sensors
• 15x Optical Zoom
• 30x Clear image Zoom
• Superb low light sensitivity
• AVCHD 2.0 (1080/50p) and DV recordings
• Slow and quick motion options at Full HD
• Dual SD Memory Card Slots
• Simultaneous and relay recording
• Uncompressed 8-Bit 4:2:2 via HDMI Out
If for some reason you are unable to import and edit HXR-NX1 1080/50p AVCHD video in FCP X/7 stably and fluidly, we would recommend transcoding them to a format that is suitable for editing in FCP X/7, such as Apple ProRes 422, FCP’s favorite editing codec, which FCP X/7 will recognize and handle well.
To process file conversion, third party software is required. If your concerns are ease of use and excellent output quality, we would recommend HD Video Converter for Mac. This app is not free of charge, but it is totally worth it.
A quick guide on how to convert Sony HXR-NX1 1080-50p AVCHD to ProRes for FCP 7/X editing
Follow these steps:
Step 1: Run HD Video Converter for Mac as a professional Sony HXR-NX1 AVCHD 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/X
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 HXR-NX1 1080-50p AVCHD to ProRes MOV conversion.
Step 5: Click ‘Open Folder’ to get generated ProRes 422 QuickTime files for editing in Final Cut Pro 7/X with optimum performance.
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