Sony recently took the wraps off their new PXW-FS5 Super35 4K camera, a new 4K cinema camera that will slot in between the FS7 and the FS700. It records up to 100 Mb/s 4K XAVC internally to SDXC cards in 8 bit 4:2:0, at 24, 25 or 30 fps.
Sony really has a couple of really great 4k cameras available for some time now. However, there’s not going to be native support for the XAVC codec in most NLEs, even if FCPX.
Some guys recommend to download and install the XAVC Plug-in for Apple (PDZK-LT2) provided by Sony, which provides support for XAVC files shot on Sony SxS card. Note: This plug-in requires Final Cut Pro X 10.0.8 or higher for XAVC format. Not to say it still goes with longtime rendering when you import PXW-FS5 4k XAVC to FCPX.
I get some XAVC files to edit and believe I’ve figured out the solution for editing Sony 4K XAVC in Final Cut Pro X flawlessly without rendering. Here is the way I’d like to share with Mac users.
This Sony XAVC Converter for Mac can help you effortlessly encode/re-encode 4k XAVC files for smoothly importing and editing in various non-linear editing systems (NLE), including Final Cut Pro X, FCP 6/7, iMovie, Final Cut Express, Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, etc. Download a trial and let’s see how it works.
How to import Sony PXW-FS5 4K XAVC to FCP X without rendering on Mac
Step 2. Choose Apple ProRes 422 codec for Final Cut Pro X.
Click the “Profile” option, and move mouse cursor to Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 HQ (*.mov) as output format. To get 1080 videos, we need to click the “Settings” button and choose 1920*1080 as output video resolution.
Step 3. Click the Settings icon if you’d like to customize advanced audio and video parameters like Video Codec, aspect ratio, bit rate, frame rate, Audio codec, sample rate, audio channels.
Step 4. Convert Sony PXW-FS5 4K XAVC files for FCP X. Click the read button Convert to start transcoding Sony XAVC files to MOV for FCP X. When the conversion is completed, click “Open” button to locate the converted Apple ProRes 422 MOV files for editing with Final Cut Pro without rendering.