Edit Sony PXW-X400 XAVC L with FCP X on Mac OS X El Capitan

Diana Joan

Nov 19, 2015 08:52 am / Posted by Diana Joan

The PXW-X400 is an advanced shoulder camcorder that records a variety of professional broadcast quality formats including Full HD XAVC-L at 50p and 59.94p. The camcorder offers exceptional weight balance and low power consumption alongside excellent networking features and high picture quality.

Sony PXW-X400

For Final Cut Pro X users, there is no doubt that you will care much about the post-workflow of PXW-X400 XAVC L with FCP X. To your great disappoint, owners of other Sony XAVC L camcorders like Sony PXW-F7S have been complaining about the lack of XAVC L support in FCP X. Up until now, users had to resort to Sony's Catalyst Browse, Edit Ready or similar transcoding application to use the XAVC L files in FCP X. Is there a simple way to import and edit Sony PXW-X400 XAVC L with FCP X.

To achieve a fast and fluid workflow of Sony XAVC L with FCP X, the best solution is transcoding XAVC L to FCP X best compatible editing codec Apple Prores Codec, which is developed by Apple for high-quality, high performance editing in Final Cut Pro X. Here, you can generate the professional Apple Prores Codec with a powerful program called Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac (support Mac OS X El Capitan), which is armed with enhanced functionality to effectively decode Sony PXW-X400 XAVC L to Final Cut Pro best preferable editing codec Apple Prores in different file types.

How to choose a proper Apple Prores format?
If you computer is old or slow, or you just want to do some rough editing, you can select to output "Apple Prores Proxy)(*.mov)"or "Apple Prores (LT)(*.mov)"format to save more space and bandwidth. However, if your computer are powerful enough to handle multicam and high-resolution video and you are going to do many effects editing work with FCP X, you'd better choose to output "Apple Prores 422(*.mov)"or "Apple Prores 422(HQ)(*.mov)"for better performance.

Notes:
1.When converting MTS footage using Final Cut Pro oriented format templates(e.g. Apple Prores), please ensure that your computer has Final Cut Pro installed, otherwise the converted files will have audio only without image.
2.If you are using FCP X, please make sure you have installed ProApps QuickTime Codecs, or you may get files with sound only without video.

Apart from XAVC L, the program also gives your the availability to rewrap Sony XAVC, XAVC S and XAVC I to Apple Prores Codec for best workflow with FCP X.

How to transcode and edit Sony PXW-X400 XAVC L with FCP X Mac OS X El Capitan?

Step 1: Add Sony XAVC L files.

Install and run the program on your computer, click the "Add Video" or "Add from Folder" icon to import Sony PXW-X400 XAVC L files to the program.

Add Sony XAVC L files

Step 2: Define output file format.

In "Format" drop-down list, select Final Cut Pro best editing codec by following: "Final Cut Pro" > "Apple Prores 422 (*.mov)".

Choose output file format

Step 3: Start conversion.

Click the right bottom "Convert" button to encode Sony PXW-X400 XAVC L files to FCP X best preferable mov format with Prores codec.

Once the conversion work is finished, you can click "Open output folder" to get the generated files for import conveted files files to FCP X for professional post-production workflow.


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