FCP X/7/6 won't import XAVC S files from Sony A6300?

Summary: If you come upon issues working with Sony a6300 XAVC S files in FCP X/7/6, you may wish to read this post. It demonstrates a workaround to transcode a6300 4K/1080p XAVC S to format for further editing in FCP X/7/6 smoothly.

The Sony a6300 is the company's latest mid-range mirrorless camera. Like the a6000 it still offers 24MP resolution but the autofocus ability, video capability, build quality, viewfinder resolution and price have all been improved. The camera employs the XAVC S codec during video shooting, which records at a high bit rate of 100 Mbps7 during 4K recording and 50 Mbps during standard Full HD shooting, ensuring maximum detail and clarity in both video formats. While enjoying the stunning videos recorded of UHD/HD image quality, many users have ran across problems when trying to edit Sony a6300 XAVC S footage in FCP (includes FCP 6/7/X) as below:

"i have tried importing XAVC S files from a Sony a6300 camera, into fcp x, the imported files do not run smoothly when viewing them. IS it compatible with fcp?"

Granted that FCP X 10.1 has nailed the ingest of XAVC S codec, but the complicated codec XAVC S(in an MPEG-4 wrapper) did not work with FCP X 10.0.9 and its older version. In addition, working 4K video with Final Cut Pro(No matter FCP6, FCP7 or even FCPX) is extremely hardware intensive especially for a older computer. Instead of buying a new computer or updating your FCP to the latest version, here is a simpler and easier way to get rid of all such issues - convert Sony XAVC S codec to a FCP more editable video format such as

To achieve the goal, a professional XAVC S converter is needed. Overall, Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac is the best choice for you. It allows users to prepare Sony (4K) XAVC S videos to be standard compatible for FCP X, FCP 7 effortlessly. It can help you transcode XAVC-S to Apple ProRes for FCP with several simple steps. Just do some clicks on your mouse with your finger, you can easily convert XAVC S files to ProRes .mov on Mac and then import XAVC S video into FCP for editing smoothly. Besides, it allows you to do some premiere editing work on Mac before transcoding like cropping, trimming, adding watermark, etc. Now download it and follow below steps to convert XAVC S files to Final Cut Pro.

Full Guide: Transcode Sony a6300 XAVC S to Final Cut Pro for editing

1. Install the program on Mac and run it. Click "Add" button on the top of the main interface to import video to the program. It supports batch conversion and joining multiple video clips into one file.

2. Click the "Format" bar and select Final Cut Pro> Apple PreRes 422(*.mov) as output format. This format is specially designed for FCP, so that you can edit your original Sony a7S video in Final Cut Pro perfectly.

Tip: You also can click “Settings” to set video frame rate, video size and Video Bitrate as you want.

3. Click the “Convert” icon, and the XAVC S to FCP Converter will start converting a6300 XAVC S to ProRes MOV for FCP 7/X on Mac.

After the conversion, launch Final Cut Pro, choose File > Import > Files…, and browse to where you save the converted XAVC S clips to. Now you can start fun away with editing Sony a6300 video footage in Final Cut Pro X or FCP 7/6 without any problem.

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