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Best Workflow of Sony RX100 V 4K XAVC S with FCP 7 or X

Best Workflow of Sony RX100 V 4K XAVC S with FCP 7 or X

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The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V is a pocket-sized digital camera which is able to record up to 100Mbps UHD 4K XAVC S video with 30/25 fps for up to 5 minutes. For Final Cut Pro users, when the shooting is done, you will definitely wish to load the 4K XAVC S footage into FCP 7 or X for some professional post editing workflow, the following article will show you how to work RX100 V 4K XAVC S with FCP 7 or X.

Media compatibility of 4K XAVC S with FCP 7 or X

From Sony’s official site, we get the information that previous version of FCP, is not compatible with 4K XAVC S and only the latest version of Final Cut Pro X has added general QuickTime support for 4K XAVC S. You can view and edit Sony RX100 V 4K XAVC S files in FCP X with Sony’s special free-of-charge plug-in PDZK-LT2 V.1.2.
Plug-in Version 1.1 Mac OS X (Mac OS X 10.8.3 or later; Mac OS X 10.7.5 or later; Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later)
Plug-in Version 1.2 Mac OS X (Mac OS X 10.9 or later (requires Final Cut Pro X 10.1 or later)

Edit 4K XAVC S with FCP X on underpowered Mac computer

Although FCP X has input support for 4K XAVC S video, however, the prerequisites to successfully edit 4K video with FCP X is that your Mac computer should meet the minimum requirements to edit 4K video. If you are still using the old Mac computer to perform 4K video editing with FCP 7 or X, you will only to find the video skips and jumps, making it virtually impossible to edit with any real finesse. It is impossible for you to switch to a new computer at that specific time. Thankfully there are still solutions for you to edit 4K video footage on a under-powered Mac computer with FCP 7 or X.

Create Proxy media from 4K XAVC S for FCP X

Proxy media significantly enhances playback performance in Final Cut Pro X’s viewer by lowering the video quality to one-half resolution. In Final Cut Pro, proxy media is converted to Apple’s ProRes 422 Proxy format.

You can directly create Proxy Media with FCP X. There are multiple ways to create Proxy media in Final Cut Pro X: You can do so upon initial media import, or you can do so after media is imported.

On the media import screen, you’ll see an option under the Transcoding section to create proxy media. Ensure that this option is checked to convert all imported videos to proxy media right after import.

Create Proxy media on import

The second way to create proxy media can be employed after media is imported. Simply right-click on the media that you wish to convert to proxy media, select Transcode Media and check the box next to Create proxy media and click OK. You can also create proxy media via the Info tab in the Inspector.

Transcode media in fcp x

Edit 4K XAVC S with FCP 7

Since FCP 7 is not compatible with 4K XAVC S, you will need to compress and convert RX100 V 4K XAVC S to FCP 7 editable file formats. Here, we highly recommend Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac, which can assist you to efficiently produce FCP compatible editing formats such as H.264, Apple Prores, DV, QuickTime, etc. For those people who wish to get a high quality and high performance editing workflow with FCP 7, you can also use the program to encode 4K XAVC S to Apple Prores in various different file types.

If you computer is old or slow, or you just want to do some rough editing, you can select to output “Apple Prores Proxy)(*.mov)”or “Apple Prores (LT)(*.mov)”format to save more space and bandwidth. However, if your computer are powerful enough to handle multicam and high-resolution video and you are going to do many effects editing work with FCP X, you’d better choose to output “Apple Prores 422(*.mov)”or “Apple Prores 422(HQ)(*.mov)”for better performance.

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Step by Step to Transcode Sony RX100 V 4K XAVC S to Prores for Editing with FCP 7?

1. When converting video to Final Cut Pro oriented format templates(e.g. Apple Prores), please ensure that your computer has Final Cut Pro installed, otherwise the converted files will have audio only without image.
2. If you are using FCP X, please make sure you have installed ProApps QuickTime Codecs, or you may get files with sound only without video.

Step 1: Transfer RX100 V 4K XAVC S footage from Sony to Mac computer.

The XAVC S format products are recorded on the fastest SD cards(SDXC), the recorded footage can be transferred to you computer in the following 3 ways:
1. Directly connect the camera/camcorder to the computer via a USB cable.
2.Remove the SDXC card

Step 2: Load 4K XAVC S files.

Click “File” drop-down “Add Video/Audio” or “Add from folder” option to add the RX100 V 4K XAVC S files that have been transferred from your camera to your Mac hard drive.

Load 4K XAVC S files

Step 3: Select output file format.

Click “Format”bar, from its drop-down list, select your desired Prores format such as “Final Cut Pro” > “Apple Prores 422(*.mov)”, you can also choose other prores formats on your own needs.

Step 3: Select output file format.
Click “Format”bar, from its drop-down list, select your desired Prores format such as “Final Cut Pro” > “Apple Prores 422(*.mov)”, you can also choose other prores formats on your own needs.

Choose output file format

Step 4: Carry out the conversion process.

Switch back to the main interface and press the “Convert” icon on the right-bottom to start RX100 V 4K XAVC S o to Final Cut Pro 7 Apple Prores codec conversion process.

When the conversion is done, feel free to import converted video to FCP 7 for furthering professional editing.

Further Reading:
Convert Sony 4K XAVC S to MOV for QuickTime player
XAVC S Are Now Supported by Sony Vegas Pro 13
Edit Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III 4K XAVC S files with Avid MC
Import and Edit Sony A6300 4K XAVC S to Avid Media Composer
Importing Sony A6300 4K XAVC S videos to FCP X


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