Sony FS7 FCP El Capitan - Loading PXW-FS7 4k XAVC files to Final Cut Pro 6/7/X

Hello, guys! Now I’m going to share the details for importing Sony FS7 XAVC to Final Cut Pro 7, FCP X on Mac OS X (Yose & El Capitan included). If you are stuck in the issues, just read on.

Generally, we can use Log and Transfer or Log and Capture to import videos, images, etc to FCP 7 for editing. But the new XAVC codec is not supported well by Final Cut Pro 7.

"I’m searching for a solid answer for the Sony FS7 to FCP 7 issues. When I opened FCP 7 on Mac, the footage from my Sony PXW-FS7 cannot be recognized. I had searched the method and tried the Log and Transfer, but still failed. An alternative way I found to get Sony FS7 XAVC to FCP 7 flawlessly is to convert XAVC to ProRes. I’ve tried the workaround. Yes, it works. "

Learn from Apple official site, we know that Final Cut Pro(FCP X 10.1.) has been updated for the next-generation architecture in the new Mac Pro, providing unprecedented performance when editing and monitoring 4K video. Final Cut Pro X natively supports 4K ProRes, Sony XAVC and REDCODE RAW. However, the old version FCP X or Final Cut Pro 6/7 like many editors use 1080p as primary delivery format and will continue to do so for a long time. So we need to encode 4K XAVC from Sony FS7 to FCP compatible ProRes MOV video and even downscale 4K to 1080p if necessary. What you need is a 4k XAVC video converter application.

I recommended you to try Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac, which is a professional tool for Mac users to transcode full HD 1080p and ultra HD 4K to Final Cut Pro with the best quality. With it, you can effortlessly transcode XAVC codec to ProRes encoded MOV files keeping the original quality. Besides FCP 7, this software can also export DNxHD for Avid MC, MPEG-2 for Adobe Premiere Pro, ProRes for Final Cut Pro X, Apple InterMediate Codec for iMovie and more NLE systems for native editing.

(Note: Click here for OS X 10.5)

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Tutorial on converting Sony FS7 XAVC to Final Cut Pro 7 in simple steps

Step 1. Launch the XAVC to ProRes Converter on your Mac, then click the adding button to import your XAVC flies from HD drive or your camcorder directly.

Step 2. Click the Format bar to get the drop-down menu and you can get the Apple ProRes codecs, including ProRes 422 (HQ), ProRes 422, ProRes 422 (LT), ProRes 422 (Proxy) and ProRes 4444. Choose the proper one you want.

Step 3. Press the “Settings” icon and you’d better set the video frame rate as 30fps, video size as 1920*1080 for editing Sony FS7 XAVC in FCP 7 easily.

Step 4. Hit the Convert button in the main interface to start the XAVC to FCP 7 conversion on Mac OS X.

After the conversion, you can run the Final Cut Pro and click File --> Import --> Files to import the converted Sony FS7 XAVC files and edit them in FCP without any rendering or unrecognizable problem.

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