Have you got a Sony PMW F5 CineAlta 4K Cinema Camera? Do you wanna edit and play XAVC on FCP? To get Sony F5 XAVC codec compatible, you need to transcode F5 XAVC footage to Prores MOV format. Here you will find the way.
Currently, Apple Inc is distributing its best effort to target its users with a latest free update to FCPX which will be featured to support Sony's brand new XAVC codec up to 4K resolution, and the option to display ProRes Log C files from the Arri Alexa in Rec. 709.
We can have a quick review of the key features and fixes from Apple as below:
1.Support for Sony XAVC codec up to 4K resolution
2.Option to display ProRes Log C files from ARRI ALEXA cameras with standard Rec. 709 color and contrast levels
3.Resolves an issue where some third-party effects generated green frames during render
4.Resolves performance issues that could occur with certain titles and effects
5.Ability to use key commands to adjust Clip Appearance settings in the timeline
This is good news to a lot of FCP7 refugees but before it comes true, the users of FCP 6/7 will still have to face the problem of handling the XAVC footages coming along with Sony PMW-F5 camcorder, which behaves as follows: they can edit PMW-f5 footage in FCP and other popular editors without any problem, because both FCP 6 and FCP 7 cannot recognize XAVC at all.
For the purpose of converting XAVC footages to FCP for editing, a good xavc converter mac ( Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac ) is required. With it we can effortlessly and flawlessly transcode Sony XAVC footage to ProRes MOV for Final Cut Pro 6/7 or FCP X. It is safe to install and easy to use. Below will show you how to transcode Sony PMW-F5 XAVC footage to ProRes MOV in details.
Convert/Import Sony PMW-F5 AVCHD to Final Cut Pro for editing smoothly with Apple ProRes Codec on Mac
Step 1. Free Download the Mac Sony XAVC Transcoder for FCP to your Mac.
Install and run it. It's excellent Sony video converter which can convert nearly all canon cameras' videos to any formats you need, such as Apple Prores 422 MOV, Apple InterMediate Codec MOV, QuickTime MOV, etc.
Step 2. Click format bar to choose output format for use in FCP 6/7 or FCP X. ChooseFinal Cut Pro -> Apple ProRes 422 HQ(*.mov).
Step 3. Click "Convert" button to start the conversion from Sony F5 XAVC footage to FCP Apple ProRes HQ MOV on Mac OS.
After the workflow, you can go to the output folder to find the converted video files. Now you are free to import/edit Sony PMW-F5 XAVC videos in Final Cut Pro 6/7 or FCP X under Mac without problems.
Tips: Before you try to do the conversion, if you are also a FCP X user, please make sure that you have installed the Apple ProRes Codec manually since the FCP X asks users to install it by themselves.
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