XAVC, the newest HD recording format announced by Sony, has gained much attention since it is released, XAVC uses level 5.2 of H.264/MPEG-4 AVC which is the highest level supported by that video standard. XAVC can support 4K resolution (4096 × 2160 and 3840 × 2160) at up to 60 frames per second (fps). XAVC supports color depths of 8-bits, 10-bits, and 12-bits. Chroma subsampling can be 4:2:0, 4:2:2, or 4:4:4. The Material Exchange Format (MXF) can be used for the digital container format.XAVC allows for a wide range of content production including intra frame recording and long group of pictures (GOP) recording. XAVC is produced by two CineAlta cameras like Sony PMW-F55 and Sony PMW-F5, which are not the preferred formats by Final Cut Pro 6/7 and Final Cut Pro X. Even you will have problem for transferring and logging these XAVC videos.
Apple ProRes 422 is a standard-definition and high-definition lossy video compression format developed by Apple Inc. for use in post production. It was introduced in 2007 with Final Cut Studio 2 and is comparable to Avid’s DNxHD codec which has the same purpose and uses similar bit rates. Both are DCT basedintra-frame-only codecs, and are therefore simpler to decode than distribution oriented formats like H.264. FCP 6/7, FCP X is Mac based editing software which supports transcoding Sony PMW-F55/Sony PMW-F5 XAVC to Apple ProRes for further editing.
So the program you need is a great UFUSoft Mac XAVC to Apple ProRes 422 Converter. With it, you can convert Sony PMW-F55/Sony PMW-F5 XAVC files to Apple ProRes 422 for editing with Final Cut Pro 6/7, Final Cut Pro X on Mac.
Below is the step-by-step guide for you to quickly convert Sony PMW-F55/Sony PMW-F5 XAVC to Apple ProRes Codec (*.mov) for editing in Final Cut Pro.
Step 1. Download XAVC files to Apple computer.
Connect your Sony PMW-F55/Sony PMW-F5 camera to Apple computer via USB cable, find the xavc files from the camera folder. Then copy and transfer the XAVC files from camera to the Apple hard drive disk.
Step 2. Import XAVC files to UFUSoft XAVC Converter for Mac.
Run UFUSoft AVCHD Converter for Mac as the best Sony XAVC to FCP ProRes Converter, and click the “Add” button to load XAVC videos from Sony PMW-F55/Sony PMW-F5 cameras. You may also directly drag and drop the XAVC video to application UI for importing files.
Step 3. Choose Final Cut Pro – Apple ProRes 422(*.mov) or HD MOV output format.
Click the “Format” option and navigate the mouse cursor to Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov) or HD Video > HD MOV Video(*.mov)as output format. The Mac XAVC to FCP Converter will convert XAVC to Apple ProRes 422 MOV with high quality.
Step 4. Convert XAVC video to Apple ProRes (*.MOV) for Final Cut Pro
Click the convert button under the preview window, and the Mac XAVC to FCP Converter will start the conversion from Sony PMW-F55/Sony PMW-F5 XAVC to Apple ProRes MOV for Final Cut.
After the conversion, you can easily import Apple Prores to Final Cut Pro 6/7 or Final Cut Pro X without rendering for editing.
1. If you would like to edit Sony XAVC with FCE/iMovie, Avid, Adobe Premiere Pro, Kendlive, etc, you can convert XAVC to HD MOV, MPG, MP4, WMV, AVI, DV on Mac.
2. If you want to convert XAVC to Windows Movie Maker, Sony Vegas, Adobe Premiere, etc on windows 7/8/Vista/XP, etc, please use Windows XAVC Video Converter.
2. This UFUSoft XAVC Converter for Mac supports Sony PMW-F55/Sony PMW-F5 XAVC cameras.