Best Way to Work 4K XAVC/XAVC S with FCP 7/X on Mac El Capitan

Diana Joan

Feb 25, 2016 07:44 am / Posted by Diana Joan

Can't import XAVC into FCP 7

Hi all,I hope someone can help. We shot a multicam shoot using F55's and now when we are trying to import the XAVC Intra HD files into FCP 7 we are getting an error that says that there may be no codec for FCP 7. Do I need a third party solution to transcode the footage to Prores format for FCP 7. Has anyone encountered this problem?

Import 4K XAVC/XAVC S to FCP 7/X

Work 4K XAVC/XAVC S with FCP 7/X

The previous version of FCP such as version 7, is not compatible with XAVC or XAVC S, only the latest version - Final Cut Pro 10.1 (Final Cut Pro X) adds general support for XAVC or XAVC S.

To achieve a faster and fluid workflow of 4K XAVC/XAVC S in FCP X, you can download Sony's special plug in, a free-of-charge software for Mac which helps provides support for XAVC and XAVC S files in FCP X allowing viewing and editing capability. However, there are some people complain that the plug-in does not work:

I have just downloaded Sony's XAVC/XD CAM Plug in and I still can't import XAVC S footage into FCPX. I am using the latest edition of FCPX(10.1.3) and Apple's Mavericks operating system. Also, my Mac has been updated with the ProApps Codecs version 1.0.5. Thought that I had done everything right. Guess Not! I would love it if someone could point me in the right direction here.

Therefore, for those people who owns the previous version FCP 7 or even you have install the latest FCP X but the Sony Plug-on fails to load XAVC/XAVC S files to it, you will need to find an alternative solution to work 4K XAVC/XAVC S with FCP 7/X.

Best alternative ways to import XAVC/XAVC S to FCP 7/X

It is well know that both FCP 7 and FCP X works with the Prores Codec, a line of intermediate codec for high-performance and high quality video editing. Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac (support Mac OS X El Capitan) is one of the workable solution in hand, it facilitates you to transcode 4K XAVC/XAVC S to FCP 7/X best favorable Apple Prores Codec in different types. 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.

1. When converting video to 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.

Step by step to convert 4K XAVC/XAVC S to Prores for FCP 7/X on Mac El Capitan

Step 1: Load 4K XAVC/XAVC S files to the program.

Launch the program on your computer, add 4K XAVC/XAVC S files to the program by clicking the "Add Video" or "Add folder" button.

Load 4K XAVC/XAVC S files

Step 2: Define output file format.

Click "Format"bar, from its drop-down list, select "Final Cut Pro"> "Apple Prores 422(*.mov)" or other Prores format according to your own needs.


Pick output file format

Step 3: Carry out the conversion.

After all the settings is completed, press right-bottom "Convert" button to begin converting 4K XAVC/XAVC S to Prores format.

When the conversion is done, start Final Cut Pro 7 or X on your Mac computer, then click the "File" drop-down menu to load 4K XAVC/XAVC S files to FCP 7/X for further fast and fluid post workflow.

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