The Sony FDR-AX700 4K camcorder can record up to 100 Mbps 4K XAVC S format video with the bit rate of 24 and 30fps. For Mac users with the professional NLE software – FCP X, before starting the posting workflow of Sony FDR-AX700 4K with FCP X, you may have the following 2 questions to ask?
1. How about the media compatibility of Sony FDR-AX700 4K with FCP X?
2. How to Import Sony 4K XAVC S to FCP X
3. Is 4K XAVC S is the best codec that gives the highest quality and best performance to work with FCP X?
For those pepole who have the same questions listed above, you’ve come to the right place, the following part will illustrate those 2 issues to you with detailed information.
Final Cut Pro X 10.2 supports both Sony 4K XAVC and XAVC S, it also means that to import Sony XAVC S media, you will need to update to Final Cut Pro X 10.2 or later version. While Final Cut Pro X 10.1.14 and earlier only supports Sony XAVC.
Before importing Sony XAVC S media, verify that Pro Video Formats is installed on your system. Check for software updates and, if necessary, install the latest Pro Video Formats. (You can also manually download Pro Video Formats from the Apple Support website.) No additional software is required.
The 4K XAVC S video shot with Sony FDR-AX700 uses a Long GOP recording type, which refers to the fact that several P- and B-frames are used between I-frame intervals. Longer GOP lengths encode video more efficiently by reducing the number of I-frames but are less desirable during short-duration effects such as fast transitions or quick camera pans.
For people who wish to get a high quality and high editing performance of Sony FDR-AX700 4K video with FCP X, we highly recommend you to encode 4K XAVC S to Apple Prores codec. Compare with 4K XAVC S format, Apple Prores codec can retain high quality while still require much less expensive disk systems. In addition, as an Intra-frame-only codec, Apple Prores is much simpler to decode than other distribution-oriented formats like H.264.
Export Apple Prores from Sony HDR-AX700 4K XAVC S video
If you are looking for a professional application to produce Apple Prores codec, you can’t miss our professional Mac Prores Converter - Pavtube Video Converter for Mac. The program has perfect importing support for the 4K XAVC S video with the Sony FDR-AX700. Thanks to its batch conversion mode, you can load multiple video into the application at one time for conversion to save your precious time.
The application can assist you to transcode Sony FDR-AX700 4K XAVC S to FCP X most favorable Prores codec in various different types including “Apple Prores 422(*.mov)”, “Apple Prores 422(HQ)(*.mov)”, “Apple Prores Proxy)(*.mov)” and “Apple Prores (LT)(*.mov)”.
If your Mac 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.
Pavtube Video Converter for Mac has perfect compatibility with the new Mac OS, therefore, feel free to install and download the application even if you’ve upgraded to the newest macOS High Sierra.
How to Transcode Sony FDR-AX700 4K XAVC S to Apple Prores for FCP X Editing?
Step 1: Import Sony FDR-AX700 4K XAVC S.
From “File” drop-down option, select “add Video/Audio”to add Sony FDR-AX700 4K XAVC S video files into the program.
Step 2: Choose output file format.
From “Format” bar drop-down list, choose FCP X best favorable Apple Prores editing codec.
If you want to do more effects editing of the FDR-AX700 4K XAVC S with FCP X on powerful Mac computer, it would be much ideal for you to choose “Apple Prores 422(*.mov)” or “”Apple Prores 422(HQ)(*.mov)”for high quality performance.
If you have a underpowered Mac computer, to get a smooth post editing workflow, it would be much ideal for you to choose”Apple Prores 422(Proxy)(*.mov)” or “Apple Prores 422(LT)(*.mov)” format.
Step 3: Edit Sony FDR-AX700 4K XAVC S videos(Optional).
By default the Edit icon is grayed out. To activate the Edit menu, you have to select an item first. When a video or movie is selected, click the pencil like Edit icon on the left top tool bar to open the video editor window, here, you can play and preview the original video and output effects. Also you can flip or rotate video, trim, crop, add watermark, apply special effect, edit audio or insert external subtitle.
Step 4: Start the conversion process.
After all the settings is over, go back to the main interface and hit right-bottom “Convert” button to start to convert Sony FDR-AX700 4K video to FCP X best compatible Apple Prores editing codec format.
When the conversion is completed, launch FCP X on your Mac computer to import converted video to FCP X for smooth editing workflow on either fast or slow Mac computer.