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Transform Sony PMW-F55/F5 XAVC files to Final Cut Pro X

Sony PMW-F55 is a professional-grade camera with an 8.9-megapixel 4K-enabled image sensor. It's equipped with an electronic global shutter, a 7-inch LCD display with 1920 x 1080 pixel Full HD native resolution, microSD and SxS PRO+ media slots, as well as still, PL, and FZ mount support. Its features include HD/2K/4K video onto internal SxS memory and 16-bit RAW 2K/4K output. With PMW-F55, you can record Full HD XAVC clips 240 fps RAW 2K and 60 fps in RAW 4K recording onto the AXS-R5.

However when you enjoy the stunning videos recorded of HD image quality, you may encounter problems of trying to edit Sony PMW-F55 XAVC footage in FCP X or FCP 6/7, for that the footage is encoded by XAVC. XAVC is an open recording format that was introduced by Sony Inc, till now; two cameras support this format, Sony PMW-F55, Sony PMW-F5. XAVC/ XAVC S video format can keep footages in 4K resolution (4096 × 2160 and 3840 × 2160) at up to 60 fps. But now , more 4K camera like Sony FDR-AX100, AXP33 has already appeared to size this 4K market.

It seems XAVC--the latest high definition video format introduced by Sony--is not supported by FCP so far, so you will need to get the help of a professional Sony XAVC Converter for Mac. No worries, here is an easy and efficient solution for you.


XAVC Converter for Mac, a powerful Sony XAVC to FCP X Converter software which is able to convert XAVC files to Prores, is not only a Sony PMW-F55 XAVC to FCP X Converter, but also a various video format converter. With it, you can easily convert your footages in different formats to FCP 7 preferred formats smoothly. It also provides try-before-purchase service, click here to download a free trial version.


How to convert Sony F55/F5 XAVC media to ProRes 422 for FCP X

Step 1. Install and launch the Pavtube Sony XAVC to ProRes Converter for Mac

Click "File">"add video/Audio" to load individual videos, or click "add from folder" to load the whole folder.


Step 2. Chose ProRes 422 for XAVC in FCP X  

Click "Format" preset and choose "Final Cut Pro" > "Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) (*.mov)" as best video format for editing Sony XAVC in FCP X as well as good video quality.



If you just want to convert this video for normal use and want it to be smaller in size, then Apple ProRess 422 (*.mov) is suggested.

But if you want to pursuit the best quality of the videos and you have faith in your Mac processor , then suggest you go for this Apple ProRes HQ (*.MOV), for better quality but larger file size.(Differences among Apple ProRes codec)

Step 3. Fix the Fraem rate, bitrate according to your video quality needs

If you shoot your videos under 4K , then you may find the default settings of the Size (pix) is not 3840*2160, but no need to worry about that, just type those parameters in the following box by yourself.


Step 3. now click "Convert" and let it go.

The XAVC to FCP X Converter for Mac supports batch conversion, so if you have lots of xavc videos to convert, check 'Shut down computer after conversion', and you can go away without keeping an eye on it. But the maximum number of the batch conversion at one time is 4, just here to mention it.


When the conversion is finished, you can import the converted XAVC file to FCP X, you can refer to this guide for getting the detailed steps. 

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