How to edit Sony FDR-AX1 4K XAVC S MP4 video in FCP X?

Go to following article to get the Review of Sony FDR-AX1 4K camcorder and if you want to edit 4K XAVC S MP4 files shot by Sony AX1 smoothly in FCP X, here is right for you.

Sony FDR-AX1 4K camcorder Now the Sony FDR-AX1 takes the stage. Priced at $4,500 the AX1 is an affordable alternative for pros and creative amateur film makers who want a camcorder-style all-in-one solution.

There are a few issues when it comes to viewing, loading and editing XAVC S files in your non-linear editing software. Sony provides a copy of Sony Vegas with the AX1, which I presume nicely handles the camera’s files. I don’t own a Windows machine, so I can’t say. Mac users are out of luck in terms of a solution from Sony, since Vegas is a Windows only program.

At this time I go to my Final Cut Pro X which does not support Sony AX1 MP4 files directly. The solution is a $35 program called HD Video Converter for Mac which can be used to convert the Sony AX1 MP4 files to Fin la Cut Pro friendly Prores codec MOV format, which is intermediate format that features high performance and quality, being less processor-intensive to work with on Mac OS X. With it you are able to edit XAVC S videos in FCP X smoothly and then share a better video with friends or post the edited videos to blog.

One hint – if you do convert to ProRes you can eventually delete your original camera files to save space, or better yet save them off to another drive as your field backups. The ProRes files lose nothing over the camera originals. They’re just bigger because they’re no longer Long GOP.

I would suggest this professional XAVC S to Prores Converter and don’t mind the large files generated, Final Cut X along with does the job and really works well. This is my personal preference because I find FCP X to be a faster and easier NLE to work with than Premiere. Now follow me to learn how to convert Sony AX1 XAVC S MP4 videos to Apple Prores 422 for FCP X editing on Mac OS X.

You are free to download the XAVC S Converter and install on your Mac. Then go to the guide here:

Sony XAVC S Converter

1. Load Sony FDR-AX1 XAVC S MP4 video to the HD Converter for Mac.

Convert Sony FDR-AX1 4K XAVC S MP4 video to ProRes

Tips: You can joint multiple XAVC/S files on to one output file by checking Merge into one file on the interface.

2. Select Apple Prores MOV format for FCP X.
Many output format here and you are recommended to select “Apple Prores 422 (*.mov)” files under “Final Cut Pro” because it best compatible format for FCP X.

Edit Sony FDR-AX1 4K XAVC S MP4 video in FCP X

3. Adjust output settings and edit the video. (Optional)

Settings: You are allowed to change the parameters of video and audio, such as Size, Bitrate, Frame Rate, etc.

Edit: Here you are able to edit the video before conversion. You can cut off the unnecessary part of the video in Trim, crop the video, add watermark or 3D effect, attach subtitle and so on.

4. Convert Sony AX1 XAVC/S video to FCP X.
Click “Convert” button to start Sony FDR-AX1 XAVC S MP4 to ProRes MOV conversion and then click “Open” button to locate the generated files for FCP X.

Lanunch Final Cut Pro, choose File > Import > Files, and browse to wher you save the converted Sony AX1 XAVC-S video clips to. Choose the Apple Prores MOV file that you’d like to import.

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