Couldn’t load Sony PXW-X70 XAVC footage to FCP 7? If so, you may have interest in this post. It explains an easy and direct workaround to get FCP 7 recognizing XAVC Sony PXW-X70 footage.
Couldn’t load Sony PXW-X70 XAVC footage to FCP 7
“Hello, I’m trying to work with Sony PXW-X70 footage in FCP 7. The footage is recorded in XAVC codec with MXF wrapper. Unfortunately, FCP 7 seems not to recognize XAVC Sony PXW-X70 footage as import. After Googling, I found Sony has created a free of charge plug-in called the XAVC/XDCAM Plug-in for Apple (PDZK-LT2) to help consumers viewing and editing XAVC and XDCAM/XDCAM HD files in FCP X, but it’s a pity this plug-in is not workable for me. Could anybody help me to solve this problem? Thanks for any help on this.”
In fact, only the most recent version FCP X has added general QuickTime support for XAVC. The previous version FCP 7 is not compatible with XAVC or XAVC S. If you intend to edit Sony PXW-X70 XAVC footage in FCP 7, you are suggested to transcode PXW-X70 XAVC footage to Apple ProRes, a video codec best suited for use during FCP editing. In this post, we will guide you through the process of converting Sony PXW-X70 XAVC footage to ProRes 422 for editing in FCP 7 with lossless quality. This requires third party software like HD Video Converter for Mac.
Sony PXW-X70 workflow with FCP 7 – how to rewrap PXW-X70 XAVC MXF video to ProRes for FCP 7?
Follow these steps:
Step 1: Run HD Video Converter for Mac as a professional Sony PXW-X70 to FCP 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 under ‘Final Cut Pro’ column. The ProRes codec is workable in FCP 7, FCP 6 and its most recent version FCP X.
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 Sony PXW-X70 XAVC to ProRes 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)
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-X70 XAVC MXF video to ProRes MOV conversion.
Step 5: Click ‘Open Folder’ to get generated ProRes QuickTime files for using in Final Cut Pro 7/6/X with optimum performance.
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