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Converting Sony A7S XAVC S for Editing in FCP/iMovie/FCE


No matter you're using or going to have Sony a7S, the world's smallest full frame interchangeable lens camera, you may want to know the compatibility of the Sony a7S footage with NLE systems. In this page, we will outline the tips & tricks for importing Sony A7S XAVC S to FCP, iMovie, FCE under Mac OS X with a smooth workflow.

Sony a7S is designed with the support of high-bit-rate XAVC S format at 50Mbps Full HD. While, if you want to edit the XAVC S videos from Sony a7S on Mac, you may find the high quality XAVC S files are not recognized by most editing software like iMovie, Final Cut Pro, FCE, etc. The basic reason why we can't work XVAC S videos on Mac easily is that XAVC S codec is a new one, and is not widely supported.

In order to make the XAVC S videos from Sony A7s compatible with FCP, iMovie, FCE, a available way is to convert Sony a7S XAVC S to iMovie, FCP, FCE compatible format. Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac is the solid tool to help users make the XAVC S transcoding under Mac OS X(Mavericks and Mountain Lion included).

With it, you can effortlessly encode and re-encode XAVC S intra footage shot from Sony A7S for smoothly importing and editing in various non-linear editing systems (NLE), including Final Cut Pro, iMovie, Final Cut Express, Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer and more. And there is no need to worry about the quality loss. Just download it and follow the tutorial below to get the work done.

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Convert Sony A7s XAVC S to FCP, iMovie, FCE editable video

STEP 1: Load XAVC S material

Launch the smart XAVC S Converter Mac and transfer your XAVC S recordings to the program from the Sony A7s. If necessary, join videos clips via checking the "Merge into one" box.


STEP 2: Decide output format

Click the "Format" bar and choose the optimal format for your FCP, iMovie or FCE programs.

a. To edit Sony A7s XAVC S in FCP X, FCP 7, FCP 6, please select Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov) as the output format.


b. For iMovie or Final Cut Express, choose iMovie and Final Cut Express > Apple Intermediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov) as output format.


STEP 3: Profile Settings

Adjust the video and audio parameters, including the Bitrate of Video&Audio, Video Size, Sample Rate, Frame Rate, Audio Channels, etc., by clicking the Settings button on the main interface for getting the best quality.

STEP 4: Start the final conversion

As soon as all things are finished, please click "Convert" button to start transcoding Sony a7S footage to Mac compatible videos on Mac OS X.

After the process completes, click "Open" button to find the generated videos, and then you can transfer the recordings to iMovie, FCE, FCP easily and quickly.

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