Have shot some 4K XAVC S footage with your Sony Alpha A9 Mirrorless Digital Camera and wish to load the 4K footage into Final Cut Pro for some professional post workflow? The following article will show you the workflow of 4K XAVC S with FCP 7/X and how to smoothly import Sony Sony A9 4K XAVC S to FCP 7/X.
Workflow of 4K XAVC S with FCP 7/X
Final Cut Pro is a non-linear video editing application developed by Apple. The most recent version, Final Cut Pro X 10.3.3 runs Mac computers with OS X 10.11.4 or later. As for the XAVC S support, the fact is that the previous version of FCP, version 7, is not compatible with XAVC or XAVC S, XAVC or XAVC S support is only available in Final Cut Pro 10.1 (Final Cut Pro X) and later version, which adds general QuickTime support for XAVC.
For Final Cut Pro X 10.1 or later users, you can download the Plug-in Version 1.2 Mac OS X, a special plugin (PDZK-LT2 V.1.2), which is created by Sony for faster and pluid workflow of 4K XAVC/XAVC S with Final Cut Pro X. For Final Cut Pro 7 users, you can transcode XAVC S to Prores codec, an intermediate codec which is developed by Apple for high quality and high performance workflow with Final Cut Pro.
Transcode Sony A9 4K XAVC S to Prores for FCP 7 Editing
To generate Apple Prores codec from Sony A9 4K XAVC S, what you need is a powerful Mac Prores Converter. Here, we highly recommend Pavtube Video Converter for Mac to you. The program has perfect importing support for the 4K XAVC S video shot with Sony A9. Thanks to its batch conversion mode, you can batch load multiple 4K XAVC S video into the program.
With the program, you can efficiently encode Sony A9 4K XAVC S to FCP 7 best compatible Apple Prores codec in various different file types including Apple Prores 422, Apple Prores 422 HQ, Apple Prores 422 Proxy and Apple Prores 422 LT. Since FCP 7 lacks the perfect capability to handle 4K resolution video, to get a smooth post editing workflow, it would be much ideal for you to choose the Apple Prores 422 Proxy or Apple Prores 422 LT format with smaller file size.
For Final Cut Pro X users, if you think it is a little complicated to load 4K XAVC S into FCP X by installing extra plug-in, you can also take good advantage of the Apple Prores 422 or 422 HQ format produced by our program for high performance workflow of the 4K footage in FCP X.
Merge 4K XAVC S video into one
If you wish to join all the separate video into one single file, you can rearrange them into the right order and then combine them into one file with the “Merge” function on the main interface.
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.
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How to Import and Edit Sony A9 4K XAVC S with FCP X?
Step 1: Import Sony A9 4K XAVC S footage.
Download the free trial version of the program. Launch it on your computer. Click “File” menu and select “Add Video/Audio” or click the “Add Video” button on the top tool bar to import Sony A9 4K XAVC S video into the program.
Step 2: Define the output format.
Click the Format bar, from its drop-down list, select Final Cut Pro 7 best compatible “Apple Prores 422(Proxy)(*.mov)” or “Apple Prores 422(LT)(*.mov)” format for smooth editing workflow.
If you wish to load Sony 4K XAVC S to FCP X, just choose “Apple Prores 422(*.mov)” or “Apple Prores 422(HQ)(*.mov)”format.
Step 3: Merge separate video into one.
Go back to the main interface, by checking the “Merge into one file” option beside the “Settings” button, the program will join all the selected video into one single file.
Step 4: Begin the final conversion process.
Go back to the main interface and press the “Convert” icon on the right-bottom to start Sony A9 4K XAVC S to Final Cut Pro X Apple Prores encoding process.
When the conversion is done, feel free to import converted video to FCP 7/X for furthering professional editing.