Sony has just announced its entry-level Alpha A68. The killer feature of new this camera is the translucent mirror, which allows for "4D Focus", a 79-point phase-detection AF that works continuously at up to 8fps, even at low light. For Mac users, when you try to import the XAVC S video recorded with Sony Alpha 68 to FCP 7/X, you may find the high quality XAVC S files are not recognized by FCP. How to solve it?
In fact, the main reason that you can not work Sony Alpha 68 XAVC S with Final Cut Pro 7/X is that the XAVC S utilizes a more tightly compressed H.264/MPEG-4 AVC XVAC S codec, which has some limitations in FCP 7/X non-linear editing. To address this problem, you're suggest to transocde XAVC S to Apple Prores codec, which helps to retain the high quality while still requiring much less expensive disk systems.
To get the work easily completed, you can download the simple to use application called Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac (support Mac OS X El Capitan), which offers a pretty professional and effortless way to transcode Sony A68 XAVC S to Final Cut Pro 7/X best compatible video editing codec Apple Prores Codec to achieve a fast and fluid workflow. Apart from Sony A68, the program also gives you the chance to transcode Sony A7S II, RX100 IV, RX10 II, etc captured XAVC S files FCP 6/7/X.
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 Transcode and Edit Sony Alpha 68 XAVC S with FCP X on Mac El Capitan?
Step 1: Transfer Sony A68 XAVC S video footage to computer.
Connect the camera to your computer, or insert the camera's card into a card reader connected to your computer. Then download your files to the Mac hard disk storage device.
Step 2: Import Sony Alpha A68 XAVC S files.
From "File"drop-down option, select "add Video/Audio" or "Add from folder" to import source Alpha A68 XAVC S files to the program.
Step 3: Select output file format.
Click "Format"bar, from its drop-down list, select Final Cut Pro best compatible format by following "Final Cut Pro"> "Apple Prores 422(*.mov)" as the final output format.
Step 4: Transcode Sony A68 XAVC S to Apple Prores.
Go back to the main interface and press the "Convert" icon on the right-bottom to start Sony A68 XAVC S to Final Cut Pro conversion process.
When the conversion is completed, you can easily import converted video to FCP for furthering professional editing.