If you"ve got a Sony FDR-AXP55, the 4K XAVC S format will not be an unfamiliar for you. The only problem is that 4K XAVC S still cannot fully supported by some video editors like FCP X can’t ingest MP4 video from Sony A7R II directly. In this article, I will share the Sony FDR-AXP55 to FCP X workflow with you.
The Sony 64GB FDR-AXP55 4K Handycam with Built-In Projector is a palm-sized Handycam camcorder that combines a Zeiss 20x optical zoom lens and a high-sensitivity image sensor to produce crisp and high-quality UHD 4K or HD video. This is the 50 Hz version of the camcorder which is compatible with European broadcast standards and is not compatible with NTSC equipment. The Exmor R CMOS image sensor supports UHD 4K video capture at 24 or 25 fps using Sony’s XAVC S codec
Apple Final Cut Pro X 10.3.2 is now available. This release debuts the most powerful set of features since the launch of Final Cut Pro X. It starts with a redesigned interface that puts the focus on your video. The Magnetic Timeline 2 adds automatic color coding and groundbreaking new ways to display your timeline based on roles. And Final Cut Pro now supports wide color workflows and the Touch Bar, making it the ultimate way to edit on the new MacBook Pro.
However, we still found some guys have trouble in editing Sony FDR-AXP55 4K footage with this Final Cut Pro X from Google. Although Apple announced that XAVC S is supported natively in FCP X, and mostly the software allows you to import Sony FDR-AXP55 4K MP4 (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264) to FCP X and edit them, the recordings may hop back and forth when you play them. Why should this happen?
Let me explain it. Firstly, you need to learn a bit about the XAVC S format. Sony’s XAVC-S is very efficient compressed video formats, enabling high quality video encoding in low to intermediate bit-rates and small file sizes. XAVC-S is based on the H.264 codec with uncompressed LPCM audio. H.264 encoded XAVC S video is highly compressed, good for transporting, but poor for editing. By the way, in order to play Sony FDR-AXP55 4K XAVC S videos smoothly, your processor must be very powerful. In a word, if you want to make a short film from XAVC S footage with FCP X and prefer fluent playback, an XAVC S to FCP X Converter definitely helps.
Here, we strongly recommend you an efficient and powerful XAVC S Converter and 4K Video Converter- UFUSoft Video Converter for Mac. This program converts XAVC S files from Sony cameras/cameras to editable formats like Apple ProRes 422/Apple ProRes 4444 and obtain HD quality for the FCP X, FCP 7 and FCP 6. With it, you can also convert any video such as MXF, MTS, MOV footage to popular video format like MOV, M4V, AVI, WMV, MP4, MKV, etc. Once the conversion is done, you can edit Sony FDR-AXP55 XAVC S videos in FCP X/7/6 without any issue.
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Step 1: Downloaded and installed the XAVC S to Apple ProRes Converter, launch it. Click “Add Files” icon to load your Sony FDR-AXP55 videos. Alternatively, drag & drop the files into the program directly. If you want to combine multiple .mp4 files to be a single file, just need to select the files and click “Settings” button then check “Merge all files into one” option.
Step 2: Click the “Format” to choose FCP X supported format. Navigate to “Final Cut Pro”. Here, you can choose the Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov) or Apple ProRes 4444(*.mov) as output format. The ProRes is the most compatible codec with Final Cut Pro.You can also set the output folder by clicking “Browse” icon as you prefer.
Step 3: Click the “Convert” button on the right-bottom. It will begin to transcode Sony FDR-AXP55 XAVC S videos to suitable format for FCP X. After the conversion, you can get the re-encoded videos for Final Cut Pro X from the output folder effortlessly.