Have some videos shot with a Sony PXW-FS7, but Final Cut Pro 7 does not recognize the XAVC format. If so, follow the easy workaround here to solve Sony FS7 to FCP 7/X issues.
The PXW-FS7 has a Super 35 CMOS sensor, E-mount (which is great as you can use an adapter like Metabones for your EF lenses for example), and the big thing of course is that it shoots 4K UHD (3840×2160) internally on the very robust Sony XAVC codec, which uses a true 10-bit 422 codec color sampling. The camera can do 1080p up to 180fps internally, which is a huge deal. We’ve been told this is going to be continuous and not in burst mode as in the FS700, which contrary to the fact, is not being discontinued. The PXW-FS7 will be getting 4K DCI (4096×2160) as a firmware update in early 2015.
Can I load Sony FS7 4K footage into FCP X on Mac? If you are FS7 users, maybe you have this question. The answer is "No". Don't worry about this. This guide will show you two ways to import and edit Sony FS7 XAVC recordings in FCP X.
To import Sony PXW-FS7 XAVC footage to Final Cut Pro X or FCP 6/7 for editing smoothly, the easy workaround is to rewrap and convert XAVC to Apple ProRes, which ensures maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with Final Cut Pro. It’s a great way to achieve your goal smoothly.
The quick workaround is to use the easy-to-use yet professional app Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac which can be used as the best 4K video converter under OS X Mavericks(10.9), Mountain Lion (10.8), Lion (10.7), Snow Leopard (10.6), Leopard (10.5). With it, you can effortlessly transcode XAVC and XAVC-S to ProRes for Final Cut Pro 6/7/X as well as Apple InterMediate Codec for iMovie, DNxHD for Avid Media Composer, MPEG-2 for Adobe Premiere Pro.
Note: If you are also a FCP X user, before you try to do the conversion, don’t forget to make sure that you have installed the Apple ProRes Codec manually.
Now learn how to transcode Sony FS7 XAVC to ProRes MOV in detail.
How to Open Sony PXW-FS7 XAVC videos in FCP 7
Step 1: Launch the Sony XAVC to FCP Converter. Click "Add" icon to load video files from Sony PXW-FS7 or directly drag&drop the files into file list.
Step 2: Click the "Format" bar and select Final Cut Pro> Apple ProRes 422(*.mov) as output format, which should work with FCP 7 perfectly.
Tip: If you wanna, you can go to the "Settings" page to customize proper video/audio parameters including Video size, bitrate and fame rate and more.
Step 3: After all necessary settings, hit the convert button to start the Sony PXW-FS7 XAVC to ProRes conversion on Mac OS X. Once the conversion process shows 100%, click Open to get the output videos. Now you can edit the encoded Sony PXW-FS7 XAVC videos in FCP 7 without problem.
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