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Thursday, March 19, 2015

CX440/B and FCP 7 Yosemite Workflow- Ingest/Import Sony HDR-CX440 xavc-S, AVCHD, MP4 video to Final Cut Pro 7 (FCP X)

In this page, we'll study the Sony HDR-CX440 to Final Cut Pro workflow to deal with the XAVC S, AVCHD, MP4 footage in an effective way.

Sony's 2015 CX440 offers quite a few features for the average consumer, yet still sits at an affordable $300.

Video quality certainly isn't sacrificed to keep the price low. The Sony CX440 can shoot 1080p HD video at a smooth 60 fps frame rate. The 50 Mbps bit size is excellent, and while it means larger files, it offers an additional edge in video quality.

Video Mode : HD: MPEG4-AVC / H.264 AVCHD 2.0 format.compatible; MP4: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264; XAVC S format MPEG4-AVC/H264

However, there are a few issues while playing and editing Sony HDR-CX440 XAVC-S footage in FCP 7 or other NLEs. Now, some tips and tricks for Sony HDR-CX440/B XAVC-S and FCP 7 workflow are listed below. Read on.

Actually, Apple Final Cut Pro has added the ability to import XAVC-S files. But it's limited to Final Cut Pro X 10.0.x via the Sony PDZK-LT2 plugin. For the older version of FCP users, there's no luck even with the plugin installed. To enable the HDR-CX440 owners have smooth editing work with the XAVC-S/AVCHD/MP4 clips in FCP, we suggest you to transcode video clips from Sony PXW-FS7 to a more "edit" friendly codec. Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac is the big help.

The program is an easy-to-use yet professional Sony Video Converter for Mac. With it, you can effortlessly encode/re-encode XAVC-S, AVCHD, MP4 footage shot from Sony HDR-CX440 for smoothly importing and editing in various non-linear editing systems (NLE), including Final Cut Pro(6/7/X), Adobe Premiere Pro(CC/CS6/CS5), Avid Media Composer(7/6/5), iMovie, Final Cut Express and more. Don't hesitate to download the program and learn the step-by-step tutorial.

Download AVCHD/XAVC-S Converter Mac:

(Note: Click here for OS X 10.5)

Guide of Converting Sony HDR-CX440 XAVC-S/AVCHD to ProRes for FCP

Step 1: Run the program you just set up. Drag and drop the XAVC S or AVCHD , H.264 MP4 files to the converter. You can also hit Add files button to import videos to the app. If you wanna combine Sony HDR-CX440/B video files into one you can click the "Merge into one" box.

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.

Tip: This XAVC-S/AVCHD/MP4 to FCP Converter also allows you to fix the frame rate, bitrate, sample rate, audio channel to your needs by clicking Settings icon.

Step 3: Finally, hit "Convert" button to start XAVC S/AVCHD/MP4 to ProRes .mov 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 HDR-CX440 footages to FCP X/7/6 smoothly with superior speed once the post production process begins.

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