Summary: Can I import Sony F55 XAVC footage to FCP X on Mac OS X El Capitan directly?
The answer is "No". Don't worry. This guide will show you ways to import and edit Sony F55 XAVC in 4K, 2K and HD recordings in Final Cut Pro X.
Sony introduced one new 4K systems: the PMW-F55. This camera can capture 4096*2160 resolution on a single Super 35mm, 3-perf-format-sized CMOS sensor, and can also capture 4K and 2K RAW footage using Sony's new AXS-R5 recorder. In terms of dynamic range, this camera contain a minimum 14 stops of latitude with very high sensitivity and very low noise. As a professional camera, the price is quite expensive. With Sony F55, you can get 4K, 2K, 1080P and 720P videos.
Sony F55 Recordings:
Way One: Import Sony F55 XAVC videos into FCP X via Sony XAVC Apple FCP X
Sony has introduced XAVC Apple FCP X plugin for FCP X along with the Sony utility. This plugin allows you to use the log and transfer fuction to edit 4K, 2K and HD videos captured with Sony F55 and Sony F5 camcorders. Start editing Sony F55 XAVC files immediately upon import into Final Cut Pro X, without converting! You can free download this plugin from Sony Official Website.
Note: This plug-in requires:
- Final Cut Pro X 10.0.8 or higher for XAVC format
If your Final Cut Pro version is lower than 10.0.8, you will can't use this plugin. Install, run, log, transfer... This is a long and painful process. And you can't edit Sony F55 4K/2K files natively. I think this way isn't good for you.
Way Two: Transcode Sony F55 XAVC to ProRes for FCP X
Final Cut Pro is good at editing Apple ProRes codec videos, so another good way to do is to use Sony F55 Video Converter to convert the contour MXF (XAVC codec) files to ProRes MOV on Mac, which is more suitable for editing.Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac (review) can encode F55 XAVC videos to ProRes ensuring maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with Final Cut Pro (FCP X, FCP 7, FCP 6). What's more, it's also a good camcorder assistant for Panasonic, Canon, and JVC camcorders camcorder users, adopt advanced audio and video sync technology. Overall, this Mac Sony F55 to FCP X converter is good at converting 4K/K XAVC to proper codec for NLE on Mac. It can uncompress the clips and makes them easy to edit with Final Cut Pro X, even avoid the rendering time. Plus, with the built-in video editor, you can also choose to trim, crop, add watermark to your original videos.
- Pavtube old official address: http://www.pavtube.com/hd-video-converter-mac/
- Amazon Store Download: http://www.amazon.com/Pavtube-Video-Converter-Mac-Download/dp/B00QI9GNZS
- AppStore Download: https://itunes.apple.com/de/app/pavtube-hd-video-converter/id502792488?mt=12
- Cnet Download: http://download.cnet.com/Pavtube-HD-Video-Converter/3000-2194_4-76177786.html
How to convert Sony F55 XAVC footage to FCP X for further editing?
Step 1: Run Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac. Drag and drop the F55 XAVC files to the Converter. You can also hit “Add Video” button to import videos to the app.
Step 2: Choose “Final Cut Pro>>Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” as best video format for editing Sony F55 XAVC in Final Cut Pro X as well as good video quality.
Step 3: Click “Convert” button to start the conversion from Sony F55 XAVC footage to FCP Apple ProRes MOV on Mac OS El Capitan.
Conclusion: After the workflow, you can go to the output folder to find the converted video files. Now you are free to transfer Sony F55 XAVC videos to Final Cut Pro X under Mac without problems.
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