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FCP X and Importing Sony FDR-AX100 XAVC S Files on Yosemite

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FCP X and Importing Sony FDR-AX100 XAVC S Files on Yosemite
February 12, 2015 08:52PM
FCP X and imp orting Sony FDR-AX100 XAVC S Files on Yosemite

Summary: Start editing Sony FDR-AX100 XAVC S files immediately upon imp ort into Final Cut Pro X, without rendering! Here is pav tube Mac XAVC S Video conv erter for FCP X that enables native XAVC S editing on FCP X.

Sony FDR-AX100:
At this year's CES, the Ultra-HD Sony FDR-AX100 Handycam has been announced. It will also shoot Full HD footage, with Sony claiming that it was supersample down from 4K to improve video quality, something we're interested to test for ourselves. Full HD footage can also be shot in the XAVC-S format at 60fps (as well as 30 and 24fps), or you can opt for more traditional AVCHD at this resolution.

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Question: Sony FDR-AX100 XAVC S editing workflow in FCP X

I have just recieved a fully maxed out new Mac Pro 6.1 ordered on December 18th. My main use for the 12-core model will be editing and exporting 4K video productions. I plan to purchase the Sony FDR-AX100 4K camcorder that was just announced at the CES last week. Sony has had a consumer camcorder on the market since last September (the Sony FDR-AX1) which uses the same XAVC-S codec as the not yet released Sony FDR-AX100.

If anyone has had any experience editing this format in Final Cut Pro X, I would be pleased to learn of their experience and the specs of the computer they are using. I am hopeful that editing XVAC-S footage on the new Mac Pro will be possible without the large file sizes produced by transcoding. Thanks in advance for responding.

Final Cut Pro X allows users to imp ort video onto a hard drive (internal or external), where it can be edited, processed, and output to a wide variety of formats. At this time I go to my Final Cut Pro X which does not support Sony AX100 XAVC/S files directly.

The solution is a $35 program called pav tube (XAVC S) HD Video conv erter for Mac which can be used to convert the Sony AX100 XAVC/S files to FCP friendly Prores codec MOV format, which is intermediate format that features high performance and quality, being less processor-intensive to work with on Mac OS X. With it you are able to edit XAVC and XAVC/S files in FCP X smoothly and then share a better video with friends or post the edited videos to blog.

One hint – if you do convert to ProRes you can eventually delete your original camera files to save space, or better yet save them off to another drive as your field backups. The ProRes files lose nothing over the camera originals. They're just bigger because they're no longer Long GOP. Now follow me to learn how to convert Sony FDR-AX100 XAVC/S videos to Apple Prores 422 (HQ) for FCP X editing on Mac OS X.
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Step 1. Load your Sony XAVC S files

Launch the Program and the main interface will pop up there in front of you, click the "Add video", we can add files with individual clips or select the "Add from folder", we can load them in a complete folder.

Tips: You can joint multiple XAVC/S files on to one output file by checking Merge into one file on the interface.

Step 2. Select Apple Prores MOV format for FCP X.

Many output format here and you are recommended to select "Apple Prores 422 (*.mov)" files under "Final Cut Pro" because it best compatible format for FCP X.


Tips:
1. To keep original video quality for editing in FCP, select "Apple ProRes 422";
For SD levels – 480i/p and 576i/p and offline workflows, select "Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy)";

2. To edit and finish 4:4:4 material, choose "Apple ProRes 4444".

3. If you want to keep the 4K quality and there is no proper choice under "Size (pix)" drop-down menu, then you can just type 3840*2160 in this place.

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Learn more Apple ProRes, please refer to Types of Apple ProRes Codecs

Step 3. Convert Sony AX100 XAVC/S video to Apple ProRes.

Click "Convert" button to start conversion and then click "Open" button to locate the generated files for FCP X.

Lanunch Final Cut Pro, choose File > imp ort > Files……, and browse to where you save the converted Sony FDR-AX100 XAVC-S video clips to. Choose the Apple Prores MOV file that you'd like to imp ort.


Additional Tips:

1. How to load your files into FCP X can be learned here.

2. Other NLEs, like Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Pro CS6, After Effects CC, Premiere Elements, FCE, iMovie, Avid, Aperture 3, DaVinci Resolve, Kdenlive, Keynote, iPhoto, etc. can also deal with XAVC S 4K files by pav tube Softwares.
SONY FDR-AX100 XAVC S TO FCP/PREMIERE PRO/AVID MC WORKFLOW
September 01, 2016 03:41AM
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I'm stuck in the trouble when importing Sony FDR-AX100 footage into FCP(Final Cut Pro X/7/6), Adobe Premiere Pro(CC/CS6/CS5/CS4), Avid Media Composer 7/6/5/4. Searching widely, I got a tutorial for Sony FDR-AX100 to FCP/Premiere Pro/Avid MC best workflow.

To import AX100 XAVC S to FCP, Adobe PP, Avid and other video editing programs, a common solution suggested by most users is to convert XAVC S to a more compatible format. Would we have to transcode the XAVC S into another codec to be able to work in Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro? As far as I know, XAVC S is not an ideal format for editing; you can’t directly import and edit Sony XAVC S clips in Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer on Mac OS X.

To get rid of the issue, it will be better to transcode Sony XAVC S to a more "edit" friendly codec. Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac is highly recommended here. The program is an easy-to-use yet professional Sony XAVC S Converter for Mac. It's able to convert XAVC S files from Sony FDR-AX100 to Apple ProRes for FCP, MPEG-2 for Adobe Premiere Pro, DNxHD for Avid Media Composer for easier editing.

Guide of Converting Sony FDR-AX100 XAVC S to FCP/Adobe PP/Avid MC

Step 1: Run the program you just set up. Drag and drop the XAVC S files to theMac XAVC S converter. You can also hit Add files button to import videos to the app. If you wanna combine Sony XAVC S files into one file, you can click the "Merge into one" box.



Step 2: Hit the "Format" bar and select proper output format.

For editing XAVC S in Final Cut Pro 7/X, you can choose "Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)";



b. To edit XAVC S in Adobe Premiere, choose "Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas --> MPEG-2(*.mpg)" as output.



c. For using XAVC S in Avid Media Composer smoothly, you can choose Avid Media Composer -> Avid DNxHD (*.mov) as the target format.

Tip: This XAVC S converter also allows you to fix the frame rate, bitrate, sample rate, audio channel to your needs by clicking Settings icon.

Step 3: When you finish all settings, hit "Convert" button to start XAVC S to ProRes, MPEG-2, DNxHD conversion on Mac OS X. You can follow the conversion process from the pop-up windows.

Once the conversion finished, you can import the converted Sony AX100 XAVC S file to Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer smoothly with superior speed once the post production process begins.

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