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Convert BPAV to ProRes MOV for FCP X on Mac

Want to re-link .MOV files in FCP X from BPAV files? This article provides you simple workflow to directly capture footage from BPAV folder structure and convert BPAV file to ProRes MOV for easily editing and re-linking in Final Cut Pro X.

BPAV folder Stucture

Sony XDCAM EX camera Rolls are on a drive in BPAV folders. Inside each BPAV folder is a CLPR folder and an empty folder called TAKR. The CLPR folder contains the clips, including MP4, .SMI, .PPN, .XML, .BIM. If you only have the BPAV’s, then you’ll have to name all the clips and take a considerable amount of time re-linking eveything back up. So users often creat MOV from BPAV files.  Many guys choose to capture and transfer BPAV to MOV or XDCam EX files for FCP editing. Using Log & Transfer straight from the memory card, you may fail to capture footage from BPAV folder for “BPAV” contains unsupported media, (such as XML) or has an invalid directory structure. Some people use XDCAM Transfer, but error often happens.

How to capture and transfer footage from BPAV folder to ProRes MOV

Acrok HD Video Converter for Mac is able to add “BPAV folder” to keep EX stucture and automatically select MP4 footage from BPAV files and covert them to MOV at batch mode. The easy-to-use and powerful  BPAV file to MOV Transfer software program can also capture multiple BPAV folders via adding the parent folder. Then you can convert BPAV media files to ProRes MOV FCP can easily re-link to them. Apart from ProRes, you can also directly convert BPAV files to QuickTime MOV, DNxHD, AIC, etc.

Workflow: Converting XDCAM MP4/MXF files from BPAV folder to MOV for FCP X/7 easily re-link

Free download BPAV to MOV Transfer Software

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The quick woraround is to use the easy-to-use Acrok HD Converter for Mac, which works perfectly on Mavericks (10.9.3), Mountain Lion (10.8), Lion (10.7), Snow Leopard (10.6),  Leopard (10.5). It works well and converts flawlessly.

Step 1: Download and instal this Sony XDCAM Converter to your Mac, and then import XDCAM clips. You can “Add from folder” to batch convert BPAV folder to ProRes at once. If you want to merge MXF files, just need to check the “Merge into one” box.

Convert BPAV to ProRes MOV for FCP X on Mac

Step 2. Click the format bar, and move mouse cursor to “Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” as output format.

Convert BPAV to ProRes MOV for FCP X on Mac

Optional: It’s better to set the video frame rate as 30fps, video size as 1920*1080 to keep the best quality for editing in Final Cut Pro if the 60i/30fps is your original frame rate. But if you shoot with 50i/25fps, then 25fps as the frame rate will be your best choice when conversion.

Step 3. Click “Convert” button to start transcoding XDCAM EX files from BPAV to MOV for Final Cut Pro X or FCP 7 on Mac OS.

Then you can transfer the converted ProRes to FCP for easier editing and re-linking.

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