Squeezing a relatively larger sensor into a small compact, the Sony RX100 series has gained a positive reputation in a short time it's been around. It uses Sony's next generation sensor, a stacked 20.1 MP 1"-type Exmor RS CMOS sensor, coupled with an attached DRAM memory chip for speedy processing. One of the most impressive features of the RX100 IV is its ability to capture and record 4K video using the XAVC S codec to ensure beautiful footage with high bit rate recording. The video record time when shooting 4K is limited to 5 minutes though.
Sony RX100 IV XAVC S 4K with Final Cut Pro X
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. For fast and fluid workflow, Sony has created a special plug-in (PDZK-LT2 V.1.2), a free-of-charge software for Mac which allows you to decode XAVC S to QuickTime. The plug-in supports SxS Card but not the specific Micro SDXC media card recorded by Sony RX100 IV XAVC S video footage. Therefore, you can not use this camera Import Plug-in to preview and import XAVC S files recorded on Sony RX100 IV Micro SD card.
Fortunately, Final Cut Pro works natively with Apple Prores Codec, a line of intermediate codecs, intended for using during video editing to help provide an efficient and high performance workflow with impressive image quality and reduced storage rates. To encode Sony RX100 IV XAVC S 4K video to Apple Prores Codec, you are recommended to use Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac, which enables you to directly output Sony RX100 IV XAVC S 4K video to Final Cut Pro optimized different types of Apple Prores Codecs. For better FCP X workflow performance, you're advised to select "Apple Prores 422 (*.mov)" or "Apple Prores 422 (HQ) (*.mov)" as your final editing format.
How to Import Sony RX100 IV XAVC 4K Video to Final Cut Pro X?
Step 1: Transfer Sony RX100 XAVC IV 4K video to Mac computer.
You can fit the Micro SD card recorded with your Sony RX100 IV XAVC S video footage into a Micro SD adaptor and then plug it into the SD media slot on your Mac computer for transferring media files to your Mac local drive.
Step 2: Add source video footage files to the program.
Launch the application on your Mac computer, click the "Add Video" or "Add from folder" button to import Sony RX100 IV source files to the program.
Step 3: Choose output file format.
Click "Format" bar and from its drop-down list, choose "Final Cut Pro" > "Apple Prores 422 (*.mov)" as the final output format for your further workflows with Final Cut Pro X.
Step 4: Start to convert RX100 IV XAVC S 4K video to Apple Prores 422.
On the main interface of the tool, tap the "Convert" button on right-bottom to start the conversion process from Sony RX100 IV XAVC S to FCP X Prores 422 transcoding process.
When the conversion is completed, feel free to import converted video to Final Cut Pro X to polish and enhanced your camera videos with all its advanced tools.