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Monday, November 24, 2014

Transcoding Sony PXW-X200 XAVC to ProRes for FCP X, FCP 7

Summary: Follow the guide below and you will know how to import Sony PXW-X200 XAVC to Final Cut Pro without any problems on Mac OS X(Yosemite, Mavericks and Mountain Lion included).

The successor to the PMW-200, the Sony PXW-X200 features an improved 1/2 inch-type 3CMOS sensor that gives you full HD (1920x1080) movie capture. The PXW-X200 compresses Full HD footage using MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, and will record to XAVC using 4:2:2 10-bit sampling. While, there are a few issues when it comes to viewing, loading and editing XAVC files recorded by Sony PXW-X200 in your non-linear editing software, especially Apple’s Final Cut Pro. Don’t worry. Some tips and tricks for importing Sony PXW-X200 XAVC to Final Cut Pro are listed below.

As you see, Sony PXW-X200 uses XAVC recording format. At present XVAC, a new codec introduced by Sony, does not appear to be supported by Final Cut Pro yet. To edit Sony PMW-X200 XAVC footage in FCP X or FCP 7 smoothly, a workaround is to use Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac to transcode XAVC to ProRes, which is a friendly format supported by FCP.

Overall, the program is an easy-to-use yet professional Sony XAVC Converter for Mac. It's able to convert XAVC files from Sony PXW-X200 to Final Cut Pro fully compatible format and keep original quality at the mean while. Besides ProRes, this software can export Apple InterMedaite Codec(AIC) for iMovie/FCE, DNxHD for Avid Media Composer, MPEG-2 for Adobe Premiere Pro and more NLE systems for native editing. Download the program, let’s start the conversion process.

How to Convert Sony PXW-200 footage for Editing in FCP

Step 1: Install and launch the Mac Video Converter and load the XAVC recordings to it. If you want to merge several clips, just need to check the "Merge into one" box.

Step 2: Tap the Format bar and select Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov), which is the best format for FCP.

Step 3: This XAVC to ProRes Converter allows you to choose "Settings" to set video resolution. (1920 x 1080/1440 x 1080/1280 x 720/720 x 480), bitrate(from 1Mbps to 20Mbps), frame rate (24p/30p) as you like.

Step 4: Press "Convert" button to start transcoding Sony PXW-X200 XAVC to ProRes 422 for Final Cut Pro.

When the conversion process shows in 100%, you can easily and effortlessly locate the converted ProRes .mov files by clicking the "Open" button in the main interface. Then, you can bring and edit Sony PXW-X200 XAVC footage in Final Cut Pro X or FCP 7 without any issue.

See more:
[How-to]: Transocde MP4 video to AIC for iMovie
Transcode Sony XAVC to Adobe Premiere Pro CC
Transcode XAVC to ProRes 422, 4444 for Final Cut Pro
Sony PXW-X200 XAVC to Adobe Premiere Pro Best Workflow
Tutorial on converting Sony PXW-X200 XAVC to Avid in simple steps
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