How can I import Sony PMW-1000 XAVC/XDCAM files to FCP without plug-in

Summary: Couldn’t find a Sony PMW-1000 XAVC/XDCAM plug-in for FCP? Read this post to find an easy and direct workaround to import Sony PMW-1000 XAVC/XDCAM .mxf files to FCP without a plug-in.
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How can I work with Sony PMW-1000 XAVC/XDCAM footage in FCP7?
“Can anyone tell me if they have had success at editing Sony PMW-1000 XAVC /XDCAM footage in FCP 7? Googling “Sony PMW-1000 FCP” got me this XAVC/XDCAM Plug-in for Apple (PDZK-LT2). From what I have researched it seems to work fine in FCP X, but I don’t want to use that (actually, I can not use it), as I have a copy of Final Cut Pro 7 on my machine. I can’t find any other plug-ins to get the PMW-1000 .mxf files to import to the FCP project. What should I possibly do to solve my issue? Any ideas? Thanks.”

As far as we know, the Sony PMW-1000 XDCAM SxS Memory Recording Deck is capable of recording a wide range of XAVC and XDCAM codecs from any HD-SDI source onto SxS Cards. If for some reason you can not open Sony PMW-1000 XAVC/XDCAM footage in FCP directly, you are suggested to transcode them to a format that is suitable for working with FCP, such as Apple ProRes.

By using HD Video Converter program, you are able to convert Sony PMW-1000 XAVC/XDCAM MXF files to MOV format with ProRes codec for editing in FCP 6/7/X with optimum performance. It comes with very easy to use menus and produces very good quality ProRes conversions as well as bulk processing so you could load it with files and leave it alone to do the job.

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Sony PMW-1000 to ProRes Converter for Mac

Sony PMW-1000 workflow with FCP – how to convert Sony PMW-1000 XVAC/XDCAM MXF recordings to ProRes for FCP 6/7/X?

To process Sony PMW-1000 MXF video to QuickTime Conversion on Mac, follow these steps:
import Sony PMW-1000 XAVC/XDCAM .mxf files to FCP

Step 1: Run HD Video Converter for Mac as a professional Sony PMW-1000 to ProRes Converter for Mac. When its main interface comes up, click ‘Add File’ to load your source video to it.

Step 2: Select ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as output format for FCP (X). The ProRes codec is best suited for editing in FCP 6, FCP 7 and its latest version FCPX.
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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 Mac Sony XAVC/XDCAM to FCP Video 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)

Step 4: Click ‘Convert’ to start Sony PMW-1000 XAVC/XDCAM to ProRes MOV conversion.

Step 5: Click ‘Open Folder’ to get generated ProRes QuickTime files for using in Final Cut Pro X/7/6 with optimum performance.

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