Sony PXW-X320 XAVC to FCP X and FCP 7 Workflow

You may find that FCP X and FCP 7 won’t import Sony PXW-X320 XAVC videos smoothly. What you can do to resolve the issues is to transcode Sony PXW-X320 XAVC to a more “edit” friendly for Final Cut Pro.

I’m working on a feature film using the Sony PXW-X320 and we are shooting XAVC videos with it. Is there an easy way that allows easy import XAVC files into FCP (FCP X, FCP 7, FCP6) directly, without having to use or open Sony’s lousy Content Browser or other complex plug-ins. I’m seeking the Sony PXW-X320 XAVC to FCP best workflow.

The new Sony PXW-X320 is an ultra-compact XDCAM that will be able to shoot 4K footage with an upgrade. The camera records broadcast quality 1920 x 1080 HD video using a variety of codecs, at 4:2:2 10-bit in XAVC, AVCHD and DV format. While, there are a few issues when it comes to viewing, importing and editing Sony PXW-X320 XAVC files in non-linear editing software like Apple Final Cut Pro. Luckily, I’ve figured out an effective way to import Sony PXW-X320 raw footage to FCP X and FCP 7 flawlessly. Share as below.

The XAVC video included in PXW-X320 is not compatible with most NELs just like from Sony F5/F55. To edit Sony PXW-X320 XAVC footage in FCP X and FCP 6 smoothly, a suggestion is to use Acrok HD Video Converter for Mac to transcode “XAVC” to Apple ProRes, which is a friendly format supported by Final Cut Pro.

With Mac XAVC to FCP converter, you can effortlessly transcode Sony PXW-X320 XAVC files to .mov – ensuring maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with FCP. Plus, it supports encoding XAVC to more video editing software compatible file types, i.e. DNxHD for Avid Media Composer, AIC MOV for iMovie 08/09/11, H.264 MOV for Adobe Premiere Pro, etc. If you’re using a Windows, simply get the equivalent Acrok Video Converter to convert Sony PXW-X320 XAVC to FCP X/FCP 7 on Windows(Windows 8).

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1. Download, install and run the XAVC Converter for Mac; click “Add Videos” icon to load your source XAVC videos from Sony PXW-X320.

Sony PXW-X320 Video Converter | Convert Sony PXW-X320 XAVC to ProRes codec video on Mac

2. Click “Format” pull down list to select Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov) as the best video format for FCP X and FCP 6. QuickTime MOV and ProRes 4444 MOV formats are the good choice as well. You can click Settings to adjust video and audio parameters to get the best quality video.

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3. Click the “Convert” icon under the preview window, and the Mac video converter will start converting Sony PXW-X320 XAVC to FCP on Mac.

When the conversion is finished, you can click “Open” button to get the generated ProRes MOV files effortlessly. Afterwards, you can launch your editing program to import converted Sony PXW-X320 XAVC clips into FCP X and FCP 7 for further editing.

Additional Tips:

This Sony XAVC Converter Mac can also help you to encode Sony PXW-X320 XAVC video to Premiere Pro, iMovie, FCE, Avid, After Effects CC etc. You just need to choose a proper video format like ” Editing Software > Adobe Premeire AVC (*.mov)” for Premiere Pro in the second step. For Avid Media Composer, choose “Editing Software > Avid DNxHD(*.mov)” as output; For iMovie, choose iMovie -> iMovie Video (AIC) (*.mov) as output.

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