We write this tutorial to help those who are having issues working with Sony RX10 II 4K XAVC S videos in Final Cut Pro 7, FCP X under Mac OS X (
Yosemite & El Capitan included).
Sony RX10 II Announced – Records UHD 4K video in XAVC S format
Sony Announced its RX10 successor , the camera comes with new 20.2 MP, 1″ Exmor RS BSI CMOS stacked CMOS image sensor with a DRAM chip, with the help of newly developed tech the camera can capture more sharp images with improved color and contrast ratio, when the DRAM chip is integrated into the Bionz .
UHD 4K video is supported up to 30 fps in XAVC S format thanks to a high-speed front-end LSI which processes the data with full pixel readout with no line skipping or pixel binning. The XAVC S format allows for high-bitrate shooting up to 100 Mbps. A built-in stereo microphone and an external mic jack are provided as is a headphone jack from audio monitoring. Professional features such as full manual exposure control and uncompressed off-camera recording are also supported.
However, We usually saw FCP 7 users encounter importing issues when attempting to edit XAVC S in Final Cut Pro 7.
Q1: I Want to buy Sony RX10 mark ii. It can shoot video with AVCHD but wanted to check the better encoder XAVC-S. I'm working with FCP 7 and it does not recognize the XAVC-S file (although I can still play the file with QT - a bit strange. I guess I'm missing something here...).
Q2: I want to import Sony A7R II footage to FCP 7. My question is it possible to work XAVC S files in FCP 7 natively and how to do?
Normally, we would like to adopt Final Cut Pro to edit some XAVC S footage from Sony AS100V, Sony a7s, Sony AX33, Sony a7ii, Sony X1000V, Sony RX100 IV etc. in order to get better videos or more wonderful video files. Well, Final Cut Pro X might not support XAVC S format. In this case, to smoothly edit Sony RX10 MK II XAVC-S in Final Cut Pro 7, the easy workaround is to convert XAVC S to ProRes MOV which is the best codecs with best results when working with Final Cut Pro.
Converting Sony RX10 II XAVC S to Apple ProRes for Final Cut Pro 7
The quick workaround is to use the easy-to-use yet professional app Brorosft Video Converter for Mac which can be used as a XAVC S to ProRes Converter under OS X(including Yosemite and Mavericks). With it, you can effortlessly transcode XAVC S files to ProRes 422 encoded MOV for Final Cut Pro 7 and it works well and converts flawlessly. Meanwhile, the Mac Video Conversion tool can create files compatible with various non-linear editing systems like Avid Media Composer, FCE, FCP X, iMovie, and Adobe Premiere Pro and more. Below is how.
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1: Load XAVC S to the converter
You can directly drag and drop the XAVC S files to the software, or click "Add" or "Add From Folder" to locate the XAVC S clips into the converter.
2. Choose output format
Press "Format" option and navigate the mouse cursor to choose "Format > Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)" as the best codec for FCP 7on Mac.
Tips: You can click “settings” button in the main interface to customize the output video’s parameters, such as resolution, frame rate, etc.
3. Start XAVC S to Final Cut Pro conversion
Click the big "Convert" button at the bottom right corner, this Mac XAVC S converter will start to transcode Sony RX10 II XAVC S to ProRes for FCP 7! Once the conversion completes, you are free to use RX10 Mark II XAVC S files in FCP!
If you have problems playing, editing, converting or sharing XAVC, XAVC S or other 4K ultra HD videos on Mac/Windows, please enter "4K Workflow Column" to get the solutions.
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