Summary: Learn from this article, you can easily convert and import Sony HDR-FX1000 HDV footage into Final Cut Pro X/7 for further editing on Mac (Yosemite and Mavericks included).
Sony HDR-FX1000 is a great Handycam HDV Camcorder with good low light capabilities, excellent image quality and lots of features! While, problems come up to its users: when importing Sony HDR-FX1000 HDV to Final Cut Pro X/7 for editing on Mac OS X, users always meet the importing issues. This article is mainly to solve the Sony HDR-FX1000 and FCP incompatibility issues.
Q: “Hello, maybe someone could help me with capturing HDV footage to FCP from a Sony HDR FX 1000. The problem is that I've correctly set my FCP settings for capturing HDV in FCP, I have years of experience with P2 and other formats but HDV is driving me insane! The camera is communicating with program because the Log and Capture window can control the camera, however, when the camera plays the capture window just remains black…”
As you see, Sony HDR-FX1000 records HDV files, but Final Cut Pro can’t ingest the HDV videos correctly. So, what is the problem with HDV? It's just all-around yucky. HDV is a long-GOP format, meaning each frame is not necessarily self-contained, but rather a reference to another frame. This is great for keeping low data rates, but is a mess to edit natively with. Hence, to edit Sony HDR-FX1000 video in Final Cut Pro, my suggestion is to convert FX1000 HDV to ProRes for native editing.
Here you can download and apply Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac to achieve the goal in a fast way. It is a top HDV Converter for Mac users. It can help you convert Sony FX1000 HDV files to ProRes 422 for Final Cut Pro, AIC for FCE/iMovie, DNxHD for Avid Media Composer on Mac(Yosemite, Mavericks included). This will help you import the file correctly and saving the rendering time. Below is a brief guide for you.
How to convert Sony HDR-FX1000 footage into Final Cut Pro
1. You need to download, install and run the smart HDV converter Mac and transfer your HDV recordings to the program for converting.
2. Click on the “Format”bar and choose a best editable format. For solve the Sony HDR-FX1000 HDV and FCP incompatibility issues, you are recommended to choose Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov) as the output format.
3. You also can click “Settings” to set video frame rate, video size and Video Bitrate as you want.
4. As soon as all things are finished, please click “Convert” button to start the HDV to ProRes conversion.
Once the conversion process shows100%, you can smoothly copy the converted files to Final Cut Pro X or FCP 6/7 with smooth workflow.
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