Import/Edit Sony A6300 4K XAVC S with FCP/FCP X on El Capitan

Diana Joan

Feb 14, 2016 09:19 am / Posted by Diana Joan

The Alpha A6300 from Sony supports UHD 4K movie recording in multiple frame rates up to 30 fps with the XAVC S format contained within an MP4 wrapper. For Mac users, if your own the splendid professional video editing app Final Cut Pro, you can enhance your video before playing the excellent video footage by yourself on TV, smartphone or tablet, or uploading and sharing your great works with audience around the world.

Sony A6300

Import 4K XAVC S to Final Cut Pro

The previous version of FCP, version 7, is not compatible with 4K XAVC S, only the latest version, Final Cut Pro X (Final Cut Pro X) adds general QuickTime support for XAVC S. You can view and edit Sony A6300 4K XAVC S files in FCP or FCP X with Sony's special free-of-charge plug-in PDZK-LT2 V.1.2.
Plug-in Version 1.1 Mac OS X (Mac OS X 10.8.3 or later; Mac OS X 10.7.5 or later; Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later)
Plug-in Version 1.2 Mac OS X (Mac OS X 10.9 or later (requires Final Cut Pro X 10.1 or later)

Best way to work 4K XAVC S with FCP X

Sometimes, if the Sony Plug-in for FCP/FCP X does not work or if you are looking for a more simple way to get Sony A6300 4K XAVC S into FCP, you can transcode 4K XAVC S to Apple Prores Codec, which is the best post-production format for Final Cut Pro. Here, you can get Prores codec with our professional software called Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac (best HD Video Converter for Mac review), which enables you to output Sony A6300 4K XAVC S to FCP/FCP X best compatible editing codec - Apple Prores 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.

If you own the previous version of Final Cut Pro such as Final Cut Pro 6 or 7 which can not handle 4K video, you can compress 4K to 1080p prores for fast and fluid video editing workflow.

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.

How to Import and Edit Sony A6300 4K XAVC S with FCP/FCP X on El Capitan?

Step 1: Import Sony A6300 4K XAVC S videos.

From "File"drop-down option, select "add Video/Audio"to add source Sony A6300 4K XAVC S video files to the program.

Load Sony A6300 4K XAVC S video

Step 2: Select output file format.

Click "Format"bar, from its drop-down list, select "Final Cut Pro"> "Apple Prores 422(*.mov)" as your desired output file format.

Specify output file format

Step 3: Compress 4K Prores to 1080p.

Open "Profile Settings" window, choose "1920*1080" file resolution from "Size(pix)" drop-down selection to downscale 4K Prores video to 1080p Prores.

Compress 4K Prores to 1080p

Step 4: Convert A6300 4K XAVC S to Apple Prores format.

Go back to the main interface and press the "Convert" icon on the right-bottom to start Sony A6300 4K 4K XAVC S to Apple Prores process.

When the conversion is done, you can easily import converted video to FCP/FCP X for furthering professional editing.

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