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How to import Sony PXW-X500 XAVC to Final Cut Pro 7/X

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Sony PXW-X500, as a highly modular and open standards camcorder is ideal for mainstream broadcast operations. It gives broadcasters a high degree of flexibility, allowing you to shoot in a wide variety of HD and SD formats, including XAVC Intra and XAVC Long GOP, MPEG SStP 422 Lite, MPEG HD 422, MPEG HD 420, as well as MPEG IMX and DVCAM. Users can choose a recording mode based on your post production. When you got some XAVC files from Sony PXW-X500, how to get XAVC footage to Final Cut Pro or other NLEs? Is Sony PXWPX500 XAVC files directly compatible with FCP? This article aims to outline a way to import Sony PXW-X500 XAVC to Final Cut Pro with smooth workflow.

Generally, we can use Log and Transfer or Log and Capture to import videos, images, ect to FCP for editing. But XAVC codec is a new one, and is not widely supported, including FCP 6/7 and even the latest FCP X. Since, Apple ProRes is the most compatible codec for FCP, so if we want to edit Sony PXW-X500 XAVC on Final Cut Pro, it is necessary to convert those already shot XAVC files to ProRes .mov using third-party software.

Overall, Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac is highly recommended. This ideal app offers you a best way to get Sony PXW-X500 XAVC footage into FCP without losing quality. With it, you can transcode all XAVC files from Sony PXW-X500 to Final Cut Pro 6/7/X natively supported media format on Mac OS X (Yosemite included) with fast encoding speed. What's more, this video converter also provides the optimal presets like MPEG-2, DNxHD, Apple InterMediate Codec for Premiere, Avid MC, FCE, iMovie, etc. Download it and follow the tutorial below.

Download the XAVC to ProRes Converter:

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Tutorial on converting Sony PXW-X500 XAVC to Final Cut Pro

Step 1. Import XAVC Videos

Launch the XAVC Converter on your Mac, then click the adding button to import your XAVC flies from HD drive or your camcorder directly.

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Step 2. Set ProRes as Output Format

Click the Format bar to get the drop-down menu and you can get the Apple ProRes codecs, including ProRes 422 (HQ), ProRes 422, ProRes 422 (LT), ProRes 422 (Proxy) and ProRes 4444. Choose the proper one you want.

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Step 3. Advanced Video Audio settings

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 4. Start converting XAVC video

After all necessary settings, hit the convert button to start the Sony PXW-X500 XAVC to ProRes conversion on Mac OS X.

Once the conversion process shows 100%, you can run the Final Cut Pro and click File --> Import --> Files to import the converted files and edit them in FCP without any rendering or unrecognizable problem.

Additional Tips: If you want to make your Sony PXW-X500 XAVC files editable in iMovie, FCE, Adobe Premiere, Avid Media Composer, etc. the XAVC Converter for Mac will also be a great choice for you. Choose a proper output format like "iMovie and Final Cut Express-Apple InterMediate Codec(AIC)(*.mov)" for iMovie in the second step.

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