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Transcode XAVC to ProRes for Final Cut Pro 7

April 27, 2016

Summary: Having problems while importing XAVC files into FCP 7 for editing? This tutorial will teach you how to convert XAVC codec to Apple ProRes codec for FCP so that you can edit XAVC files in FCP easily.


XAVC is an open recording format introduced by Sony Inc that uses level 5.2 of H.264/MPEG-4 AVC which is the highest level supported by that video standard. Till now, many Sony camcorders adopts this format as main recording format including Sony PMW-F55, Sony PMW-F5, Sony PXW-FS7, Sony A7s and so on. Thus, filmmakers should receive a lot of XAVC files from their clients for further editing. The workflow of XAVC files in FCP is much important to them. In this article, we will talk about how to simply import XAVC files into Final Cut Pro 7.

It may be a happy story for FCP X users in that Sony has introduced XAVC Apple FCP X Plugin for FCP X along with the Sony utility, but it is not the case for the FCP 7 or lower users. For those users, they need to install, run, log, transfer..This is a long and painful process. And they can not edit 4K/2K XAVC files in Final Cut Pro natively. Now, here comes the question, how can FCP 7 users open XAVC video files without issue?

Since XAVC codec is much heavy for FCP 7 to afford, then the direct way for us to follow is to transcode XAVC to FCP 7 friendly codec, like Apple ProRes. There are a lot of third party programs online for you to choose to finish the task. According to users' feed back and my own experience, I highly recommend Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac to you which is an easy-to-use yet professional Sony XAVC Converter for FCP. It's able to convert XAVC files to ProRes without quality loss. With it, you can also be able to encode XAVC files to other NLEs including iMovie, Premiere, Avid with their optimized codec. Now just download it and follow the step-by-step guide to convert XAVC files to ProRes for FCP 7.

(Note: Click here for OS X 10.5)

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How to Transfer XAVC files to FCP 7 for further editing

Step 1: Load original files

Run the program you just set up. Drag and drop the XAVC files to the Converter. You can also hit Add button to import videos to the app.



Step 2: Select output format

You just need to go to Final Cut Pro column by choosing "Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) (*.mov)" as best video format for editing Sony XAVC in Final Cut Pro as well as good video quality.



Step 3: Start conversion

Now click "Convert" and let it go. In a few minutes, the conversion process of XAVC to ProRes MOV will be finished.

When the conversion is done, you can find the output files by clicking "Open" button on the main interface, then you can transfer the encoded XAVC files to your Final Cut Pro 7 or 6 to edit with ease.

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