XAVC S to FCP X: Encode Sony HX90V XAVC S for FCP X
Overview: Sony XAVC S to FCP X not working? I've figured out an effective way to import XAVC S footage to Final Cut Pro X flawlessly. Share as below.
Sony produces two versions of the HX90, the CyberShot HX90 and the CyberShot HX90V. The only difference between the two models is that the V-version has GPS technology inside whereas the HX90 doesn't. Both versions have Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity built-in and are compatible with some of the apps available via Sony's PlayMemories scheme.
Both HX90 and HX90V record Full-HD 8 bit 4:2:0 video footage at up to 50Mbps in AVCHD, MP4 or the new XAVC S format at 50/60p. But you may find that FCP X won't import XAVC S videos from Sony HX90/HX90V smoothly, such as: "I'm using the Sony DSC-HX90V to make a short film and we are shooting XAVC S videos with it. Is there an easy way that allows easy import Sony HX90V XAVC S to Final Cut Pro X directly, without having to use any complex plug-in. I'm seeking for the Sony DSC-HX90V XAVC S to FCP X best workflow."
Generally, we can use Log and Transfer or Log and Capture to import videos, images, and etc. to FCP X for editing. But XAVC S codec is a new one, and is not widely supported, including FCP 6/7 and even the latest FCP X. Since, Apple ProRes is the most compatible codec for FCP X/7/6, so if we want to edit Sony HX90/HX90V XAVC S files in FCP X, it's necessary to convert those already shot XAVC S files to ProRes .mov using third-party software. I recommend you to try Pavtube Video Converter for Mac, which is a professional tool for Mac users to transcode XAVC, XAVC S, XAVC L footage to ProRes 422 ensuring maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with FCP X. What's more? It supports encoding XAVC S to more video editing software compatible file types like DNxHD for Avid Media Composer, AIC MOV for iMovie/FCE, MPEG-2 for Adobe Premiere Pro CC and etc. If you are running on Windows, you can turn to the equivalent version- Pavtube Video Converter.
Step 2. Click "Add video" button to load Sony HX90/HX90V XAVC S recordings or directly drag the files into file list. By default, the files are selected. You can delete files which you don't want to import to.
Step 3. Click "Format" bar to determine output format. For best image quality, click the format bar and choose "Final Cut Pro -> Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)" as output format for editing HX90/HX90V XAVC S in FCP X.
Step 4. Click "Settings" button to customize the output video and audio settings by yourself. But if you are not good at it, you'd better use the default parameters, they will ensure you a good balance between file size and image quality basically. You can change the resolution, bit rate, frame rate as you need.
Step 5. You can preview to check the final result. Once you are satisfied with it, click the "Convert" button to start converting Sony HX90/HX90V XAVC S to ProRes 422 for editing in FCP X flawlessly. It will take you a little while.
Conclusion: Once the conversion process is complete, you can click "Open Folder" button to get the generated files for editing HX90/HX90V XAVC S in FCP X with optimum performance. Let's have a try!
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