Import and Edit Sony RX10 II XAVC S with FCP 6/7 Mac OS X El Capitan

Diana Joan

Aug 17, 2015 08:48 am / Posted by Diana Joan

With Sony RX10 II, you can enjoy high-precision 4K recording with minimised image distortion for super-real movies. The Pro-grade XAVC S codec ensures beautiful footage with high-bit-rate recording and full pixel readout without pixel binning achieves high-resolution results. You can capture astounding super-real movies with cinematic detail and clarity surpassing human vision.

Sony RX10 II

Problems importing XAVC S footage from Sony RX10 to FCP

"I recently bought the Sony RX10 II. I shoot some 4K video encoded with XAVC S codec. I'm working with FCP 7 but it does not recognize the file (although I can still play the file with QuickTime. I guess I'm missing something here...). I searched online and found several software that can convert XAVC S to Prores 422. Does anyone have tried out of these softwares? Any other solutions?"

4K XAVC S work with Final Cut Pro

The new Retina MacBook Pro coming out of Apple also introduced a major new update for its NLE, Final Cut Pro X. This 10.1 update now including more 4K software and hardware support and also the ability to upload 4K videos directly to YouTube. However, the former version of Final Cut Pro like FCP 7 will lack the ability to play and edit 4K videos.

As for XAVC S codec support, the previous version of FCP is not compatible with XAVC or XAVC S. Only the latest version - Final Cut Pro 10.1 (Final Cut Pro X) adds general QuickTime support for XAVC S.

The above illustration is the reason why you can't import Sony RX10 II XAVC S to FCP 7 or its former version. Although Final Cut Pro 7 does not import 4K XAVC S files, however, it has no difficulty to deal with 1080p Apple Prores files. All you need to do is to make a video codec transcoding and video file size compressing process.

Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac, a reliable application with customers around the world can be your ideal solution to solve X10 II 4K XAVC S Video transcoding and file compression problems. You can not only use the program to directly encode Sony RX10 II XAVC S to Final Cut Pro optimized Apple Prores formats, but also downscale the 4K video to 1080p for high quality and high performance editing in FCP 7 or its former version.

How to transcode Sony RX10 II XAVC S to FCP Mac OS X El Capitan?

Step 1: Add Sony RX10 II XAVC S files.

Click the "Add Video" button or "Add from folder" button to import source RX10 II XAVC S files to the program. You can join multiple video clips at one time.

Add Sony RX10 II XAVC files

Step 2: Choose output file format.

Click the "Format" bar and select "Final Cut Pro" > "Apple Prores 422 (*.mov)" as output format. The program enables you to output different types of Apple Prores formats. If your Mac is a little old or slow, you can choose to select "Apple Prores 422 (LT) (*.mov)" or "Apple Prores 422 (Proxy)" to save your bandwidth, if your computer is fast enough or you wish to do some high performance editing work, "Apple Prores 422 (HQ) (*.mov)" or "Apple Prores 422 (*.mov)" is more preferable.

Choose Apple Prores 422 format to output

Step 3. Compression 4K video to 1080p.

On the main interface, click "Settings" to open "Profile Settings" window, from "Size(pix)" drop-down selection, choose "1920*1080" to downscale 4K video to 1080p for editing with Final Cut Pro 7 or its previous version.

Step 4. Convert Sony RX10 II XAVC S to Apple Prores.

Click the "Convert" icon under the preview window, it will start to convert RX10 II 4K video to FCP supported 1080p Apple Prores format.

After the conversion, launch Final Cut Pro, choose File > Import > Files..., locate and find the folder where you save the converted XAVC S clips. Then start editing Sony RX10 II XAVC S video in FCP 7/6 with no difficulty.

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