Sony HDR-CX455 is a Full HD Handycam camcorder that records 4K and HD movies in the XAVC S format, which uses MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 for video compression and linear PCM for audio compression, while saving files in a MP4 wrapper, and records to either microSD memory cards or the internal 8GB of flash memory.
You may have got the Sony HDR-CX455 camcorder and used it recorded some videos, after recording videos, you will need to edit the footages with final cut pro X on Mac, but it is not so easy to import Sony HDR-CX455 to FCP X for editing, there are a few Sony HDR-CX455 users have found that the FCP X can’t import or support Sony HDR-CX455 recorded XAVC S files and AVCHD files.
In this case, many Sony HDR-CX455 users are looking for the way to import Sony HDR-CX455 files to FCP X. Here below I am very happy to share my solution with you.
Final Cut Pro X 10.2 supports Sony XAVC, XAVC S, XDCAM, XDCAM HD, and XDCAM EX media. If you use Final Cut Pro X version 10.2, verify that Pro Video Formats is installed on your system. If necessary, install the latest Pro Video Formats.
If you use Final Cut Pro X version 10.1.4 or earlier, before importing Sony XAVC S media, verify that Pro Video Formats and the Sony XAVC/XDCAM Plug-in for Apple are installed on your system. Or update your Final Cut Pro X to version 10.2 with Pro Video Formats installed.
From Apple final cut pro X product page you will find that Apple ProRes codec is the native codec of FCP X, videos in Apple ProRes codec will be natively supported by FCP X.
Warm tip: It will beheavy graphical or computational requirements when edit 4K XAVC S files in Final Cut Pro X directly. If you edit Sony HDR-CX455 XAVC S/AVCHD/MP4 with FCP X Apple ProRes codec MOV format will be easier and more smooth.
In order to convert Sony HDR-CX455 XAVC S/AVCHD/MP4 files to FCP X native supported format, you just need a video converter to convert Sony HDR-CX455 XAVC S/AVCHD/MP4 to FCP X Apple ProRes codec MOV format. HerePavtube Video Converter / Mac Version(read the review) are high recommended for you. With this ideal software you can convert nearly all the HD video formats, such as XAVC S MP4, AVCHD MTS, M2TS, MXF, H.264 MOV, MKV, AVI, WMV, etc. this software has many native output formats for editing programs, such as Apple ProRes 422 and Apple ProRes 4444 codec for FCP X, DNxHD codec for Avid Media Composer, AIC codec for iMovie, etc. it also has many formats for playable devices like tablets and smartphones, you can choose output format according to your need.
First free download and install Pavtube Video Converter on your Mac, and then launch it. Now just follow the step by step guide demonstrate how to convert Sony HDR-CX455 XAVC S/AVCHD/MP4 to FCP X Apple ProRes codec MOV format.
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1. Run this program, you will find the interface is very brief, this program is very easy to use, now please click add files button to import the video files that you want to convert, you can add batch files at one time.
2. After you imported the Sony HDR-CX455 files, please choose a video format for output. To edit Sony HDR-CX455 files with FCP X smoothly, you will need to choose FCP X native supported video format, just click the format bar and choose Final Cut Pro -> Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov), you can also choose Apple ProRes 4444 codec MOV format if you need higher quality.
3. It is available to adjust the output parameters, press the settings button on the main interface and then adjust the resolution, bitrate, frame rate, etc. But if you are not good at it, you’d better use the default parameters, they will ensure you a good balance between file size and image quality basically.
4. When everything is done, you can take a preview by hitting “Play” button. If you are satisfied with the final result, you can click “Convert” button to finish the conversion work.
When the conversion is done, you can click “Open” to get your generated files. Now, you can import and edit Sony CX455 XAVC S/AVCHD/MP4 in FCP X smoothly.