This post is written for people who are unable to use the XAVC/XDCAM Plug-in for Apple (PDZK-LT2). It introduces an easy and affordable converter to transcode Sony PXW-X200 XAVC footage to Apple ProRes for editing in FCP version 6, 7 and FCP X natively.
The XAVC/XDCAM Plug-in for Apple (PDZK-LT2) provided by Sony enables consumers to work with Sony XAVC, XDCAM, XDCAM HD, and XDCAM EX footage in Final Cut Pro X in a fast and fluid way. With this plug-in installed, no transcoding needed, you can edit Sony PXW-X200 XAVC media in FCP X directly and smoothly, but “transcoding editing” might be recommended in some situations, especially when you are have a copy of FCP 6 or FCP 7 installed. In our previous posts, we have talked about how to import Sony PXW-X180 XAVC to Avid and how to ingest Sony PMW-1000 XAVC to Premiere. Here in this post, we will continue discussing the “transcoding editing” method for Sony PXW-X200 XAVC and Final Cut Pro. This requires third party software like HD Video Converter for Mac.
Featuring great capability to handle camera/camcorder footage in various file types, this app is able to convert Sony XAVC, XAVC S, XDCAM, XDCAM HD, XDCAM EX and AVCHD footage to whatever format you request for editing or playing. It comes with an easy-to-use and intuitive interface, even if you are a first-time user, you can quickly master the operating steps without confusion. More than creating ProRes for FCP/DaVinci Resolve, it also supports exporting AIC .mov for iMovie/FCE, DNxHD .mov for Avid/Adobe Premiere/After Effects, MOV for QuickTime player and more. You can download a demo to evaluate if it is able to do what you want.
Sony PXW-X200 XAVC and FCP workflow – convert Sony PXW-X200 XVAC MXF files to ProRes for FCP editing
Follow these steps:
Step 1: Run HD Video Converter for Mac as a professional Sony PXW-X200 XAVC 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
From the Format 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 6, 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 PXW-X200 XAVC 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/7/6 with optimum performance.
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