If you have a new camera like Sony DSC-RX100 III which can shot under XAVC S mode then you will experience better quality than AVCHD. But have you ever encountered that you can't import Sony RX100 III XAVC S (MXF), AVCHD, MP4 files into FCP or iMovie? Even you have the latest version of FCP X 10.1.4, which said can support XAVC S natively still get some unknown problems. Not to mention those guys who want to load DSC-RX100 III XAVC S videos into FCP 6/7 or iMovie.
Here are two ways to solve this can't import XAVC S to FCP or iMovie problem:
Part I: Sony natively XAVC S Plug-in and Catalyst Browser
Support XAVC and XDCAM/XDCAM EX files shot on Sony SxS card, allowing viewing and editing capability in Final Cut Pro X. Easy and Free. Sony offered this for their cameras to load DSC-RX100 III XAVC S files to FCP natively.
Still crashed a lot with some unknown problem and only has the Mac version.
Directly browse your clip from your Sony camera, deck, or card reader with detailed views of individual clips. Copy your clips to a local hard drive, transcode your Sony DSC-RX100 III XAVC S videos to load into editors like FCP or iMovie, or see metadata can be done by this app. Both Win and Mac are available as well as free.
Can't be activated if your camera isn't from Sony. Output format is very limited. For Mac users, MAC OS X 10.9.1 and Final Cut Pro 10.1.1 or later is required.
Part II: Applying for a XAVC S Video Converter to transcode RX100 III XAVC S to FCP X or iMovie.
If all those all those two apps you have tried but failed to import your Sony DSC-RX100 III XAVC S raw videos, then here is a powerful XAVC S Video Converter for Mac from Pavtube for you to have a try.
Download this XAVC S Video Converter for Mac on your desktop, then click "File">"Add Video/Audio" to load your raw XAVC S videos from Sony DSC-RX100 III.
Step 2: Choose Apple ProRes 422 HQ as output format (h3)
Differences among those Apple Preres 422, HQ, LT, Proxy, Apple ProRes 4444, XQ, click here to learn more.
Step 3: Go to the "Settings" to adjust parameters
If you want to output as 4K (3840x2160), and there is no proper resolution for you to choose, you can just type them in the following box manually.
Step 4: Start to convert Sony DSC-RX100 III to Apple ProRes 422 HQ
After the conversion, you can click this "Open output folder" then load this Apple ProRes files into your FCP, for detailed workflow, please check here. And for Mac users, no worry about the running experience on the latest Yosemite system with this XAVC S Video Converter.
For Win users, new H.265/HEVC codec has been added to the latest version, check here for more. Differences between H.265vsXAVCvsH.264 can also shed some light to users if they don't know which output format to choose.