Thursday, May 28, 2015

Transcoding Nikon/Canon Digital SLRs H.264 recordings to Final Cut Pro(FCP 7/X) Mac (Yosemite)

If your digital still camera or digital single-lens reflex camera (DSLR) is compatible with Final Cut Pro 7, FCP X, FCP 10, you can import the h.264 mov video into FCP supported format-ProRes and then editing them.

A digital single-lens reflex camera (also called a digital SLR or DSLR) is a digital camera combining the optics and the mechanisms of a single-lens reflex camera with a digital imaging sensor, as opposed to photographic film. The reflex design scheme is the primary difference between a DSLR and other digital cameras.

Hot DSLR Cameras:
Nikon: D4, D3X, D800, D600, D300S, D7000, D5200, D90, D5100, D3200
Canon: EOS 550D, EOS 600D, EOS 650D, EOS 5D Mark II, EOS 5D Mark III, EOS 60D, EOS 7D

If you are one of Canon or Nikon DSLRs users, I think most of you certainly encountered following Feedback:

I own a Canon 550D, which is great at what it does. The only niggle is the difficulty in handling the video files which are encoded in a highly CPU intensive codec (h264). It’s hard to import the H.264 files to FCP 7 on my iMac.

I have a Nikon D5100. What software should I get to transfer video for editing into FCP? I have FCP7. Also, it seems that I can only transfer the video with a USB connection, or is there a firewire I can use? I am not a computer expert so please, don’t be to technical.



If you want to transfer videos from a Canon or Nikion DSLR camera into FCP 7/X editing , the video you imported should first be converted to ProRes 422, a format better suited for FCP, in this case , you will need one professional video converter for Canon, Nikon DSLRs.

Here’s great software that allows you to easily transcode the DSLR movies to the files readable by Final Cut Pro. DSLRs Video Converter for Mac is the one we highly recommended. Applying it, you can transcode Canon/Nikon DSLR H.264 videos to Apple ProRes on Mac OS X for FCP 7, FCP X easy editing (10.10 Yosemite included).

Guide on converting Canon/Nikon DSLR footage to ProRes for FCP 7/X on Mac



STEP 1: Download and install the Mac H.264 MOV to ProRes Converter, then run it. Click on “Add”, and browse your files; select all the .MOV files you wanna convert.

STEP 2: Choose a target format. Hit the Format bar to select Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422(*.mov). Apple ProRes 422 (HQ)(*mov), Apple ProRes 422(LT)(*mov), Apple ProRes 422(Proxy)(*mov) are also the proper format for FCP 7/X.

STEP 3: Hit Settings icon. In the Profile Settings window, you can adjust the video and audio parameters if needed. 1920*1080 video size, and 30fps(or 25fps for PAL) video frame rate is recommended.


STEP 4: Click Convert button. The DSLR Video Converter will start to convert DSLR videos to ProRes for FCP 7/X on Mac OS X immediately.

After the conversion, click the Open button to locate the converted .mov video. From there you can load Canon 5D Mark II/MK III or Nikon D800/D3200/D5200 H.264 MOV footage to FCP 7/X via “File>>Import>>Files…” instantly without long-time rendering.


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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

XAVC(S) 4k Video to Resolve-Editing 4k XAVC, XAVC-S files in Davinci Resolve in DNxHD

DaVinci Resolve 11 sets a new standard for color grading and digital mastering, and is used on many of the most popular feature films, television shows, commercials, music videos, and documentaries you watch every day. With an incredible range of digital film cameras available, DaVinci Resolve includes more native camera, while 4K XAVC(S) files to DaVinci Resolve 11 workflow is such a pain to users. This article will discuss how to make XAVC, XAVC-S videos compatible with DaVinci Resolve 11 natively.

Source From: Can DaVinci Resolve handle the 4K XAVC/XAVC S playback

In order to import the XAVC/XAVC S files to Resolve 11 for editing, the easy workaround is to transcode Sony XAVC, XAVC S to DaVinci Resolve compatible video formats. Along with some help from a top XAVC converter like Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac, it can be done quickly and easily.

Overall, the program is a professional yet easy-to-use XAVC/XAVC S converter on Mac. With it, you can convert Sony F5, Sony F55, PXW-X70, Sony FS7, Sony AX100, AX1 and more recorded XAVC or XAVC S videos to DaVinci Resolve compatible video like DNxHD, QuickTime without any quality loss. What's more, this software can also transcode XAVC clips for editing in Avid Media Composer, Final Cut Pro, iMovie, Adobe Premiere Pro, etc flawlessly. The equivalent Windows version is Brorsoft Video Converter, which can encode XAVC, XAVC S files for Windows editing.

Transcode XAVC, XAVC S to DaVinci Resolve 11

Step 1. Click "Add" button to load XAVC, XAVC S files or directly drag the footage to the program. You can check the "Merge into one" box to join several video files together.

Step 2. Hit Format bar to select output format. You can choose Avid Media Composer > Avid DNxHD(*.mov) as output format. It is an ideal editing format for Resolve. Of course, you can also click "Common Video" > "MOV - QuickTime (*.MOV)" as the target format.

Tip: Click "Settings" button if you'd like to customize advanced audio and video parameters like Video Codec, aspect ratio, bit rate, frame rate, Audio codec, sample rate, audio channels. If you want to get original 4K resolution, just keep the video size as original.

Step 3. When you finish all settings, hit "Convert" button to start transcoding XAVC/XAVC S for DaVinci Resolve. You can follow the conversion process from the pop-up windows.

After the conversion, it's freely to import XAVC, XAVC S clips into DaVinci Resolve 11 for natively editing.

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Monday, May 25, 2015

GoPro HD MP4 GOOD for iMovie?- Editing GoPro videos with iMovie on Mac(Mavericks & Yosemite)

The following pages will clearly describe the reasons, and teach you how to convert GoPro MP4 video to iMovie AIC MOV format (iMovie'11 Included) on Mac OS X (Mavericks & Yosemite)?

I usually edit my videos on my Mac with Apple’s iMovie app. This tutorial is about GoPro video and iMovie. All the reports I’d read suggested that GoPro videos needed converting from MPEG-4 to a format iMovie can handle. But the first time I tried importing directly, iMovie seemed to handle everything fine without converting. But then I ran into difficulties. I had to cancel the first import – and couldn’t get the Mac to resume. (It wouldn’t do anything without the camera being connected.) I had no better luck the second time. So today, I bit the bullet, and converted my latest GoPro videos before attempting to edit it in iMovie. It worked flawlessly.

You may also be confused: is it necessary to convert GoPro videos to iMovie? According to my own experience, my best tip for anyone else wanting to edit GoPro footage in iMovie is this: accept you need to convert the footage first. You’ll save yourself a lot of frustration.

The basic reason is that the GoPro video file off of the micro SD card has a H.264 codec, and has an MP4 file extension. The file type is a compressed output format, but not ideal for editing in NLE system. For the purpose to help all the GoPro(Surf Hero, Hero 960, HD Hero 2, HD Hero 3, Hero 3+) users to import GoPro MP4 files to iMovie smoothly, I will share a fast way to convert GoPro video to iMovie with Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac.

It supports converting all GoPro camera MP4 files to Apple InterMediate Codec MOV with fast encoding speed and without quality loss. With it, you can effortlessly import and edit your GoPro HD MP4 footage within iMovie '11, iMovie'9 and iMovie 08. This will help you import the file correctly and saving the rendering time and other issues. Just download it and follow the step-by-step guide to transcode GoPro MP4 files for editing in iMovie.

Convert/Import GoPro MP4 files to iMovie 11

Step 1: Add Gopro video files

Install and launch the best GoPro to iMovie Converter and load source MP4 clips to it. You can check the “Merge into one file” to join GoPro files together.



Step 2: Choose output format

Hit the "Format" bar and select iMovie and Final Cut Express > Apple InterMediate Codec(*.mov) as output format on the drop-down menu.



Tip - Profile Settings:
In case the default settings do not fit your requirement, you can click “Settings” button and enter “Profile Settings” panel to adjust video size, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channels.

Step 3: Start GoPro to iMovie conversion

Click the arrow button to start converting GoPro MP4 to AIC MOV for iMovie.

Once the process completed, click "Open" button to find the generated videos, and then you can transfer the converted GoPro MP4 files to iMovie 11 easily and quickly.

Additional Tip:

Besides transcoding GoPro MP4 to iMovie, the best GoPro Video Converter Mac can also export DNxHD for Avid Media Composer, MPEG-2 for Adobe Premiere Pro/Premiere Element, ProRes for Final Cut Pro and more NLE systems for native editing.

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PMW-F5 Full HD 4K to FCP 7-Editing 2K/4K RAW from Sony F5 in Final Cut Pro 7 (Yosemite)

The article offers you a darn easy FCP 7 XAVC footage solution for importing your Sony PMW-F5 4K XAVC files to Final Cut Pro 7 on Mac OS X.

Sony PMW-F5 Camcorder
Sony PMW-F5 (PMWF5) Super 35mm Full HD 4K CMOS Sensor Compact CineAlta Camcorder - Records HD/2K on SxS memory plus 16-bit RAW 2K/4K output

Multiple recording formats
Includes 16-bit RAW 2K/4K on AXSM media and HD/2K on SxS memory, MPEG-2 HD422, MPEG4 SStP*, XAVC 2K*/HD and 16-bit RAW 2K/4K**.

Simultaneous recording on internal high-speed SxS PRO+ memory cards and RAW 2K/4K recording on sleek AXSM™ memory cards using the optional bolt-on AXS-R5 recorder, designed specifically to attach seamlessly to the F55 and F5 cameras. There is also high speed shooting up to 120 fps XAVC 2K/HD* internally and 120 fps RAW 2K onto the AXS-R5.

Actually, the latest high definition XAVC video format introduced by Sony, is not supported well by Final Cut Pro 7 so far. To import Sony F5 XAVC footage to FCP 7 for editing smoothly, the easy workaround is to rewrap and convert XAVC to ProRes, which ensures maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with Final Cut Pro. It’s a great way to achieve your goal smoothly. For this purpose, this article will show you how to transcode Sony PMW-F5 XAVC to ProRes MOV in detail.



Now I share the guide with you how to convert XAVC footage to FCP friendly format using Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac. With it, you can effortlessly encode/re-encode XAVC intra footage shot from Sony F5, f55 for smoothly importing and editing in various non-linear editing systems (NLE), including Final Cut Pro 7, FCP 6, FCP X, Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, iMovie, and more.

Converting Sony F5 XAVC to ProRes .MOV for Final Cut Pro 7

1. Download, install and run the XAVC to FCP Converter; click "Add Videos" icon to load your source XAVC videos from XDROOT folder.



2. Select output format. Click Format bar and got to Final Cut Pro column by choosing "Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)" as best video format for editing Sony F5 XAVC in Final Cut Pro with good video quality.



Tip: Click "Settings" button if you’d like to customize advanced audio and video parameters like Video Codec, aspect ratio, bit rate, frame rate, Audio codec, sample rate, audio channels.



3. Hit the convert button, it will start converting Sony F5 XAVC for importing to FCP 7 immediately. Soon after the conversion, just click “Open” button to get the generated files for natively editing in Final Cut Pro 7 perfectly.

Additional Tips:

If you want to edit Sony XAVC video in iMovie, you just need to choose the “iMovie and Final Cut Express -> Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)”; for editing Sony F5 XAVC in Avid Media Composer, please choose "Avid Media Composer -> DNxHD (*.mov)" as the best video format; to work Sony XAVC in Adobe Premiere Pro, set Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas --> MPEG-2(*.mpg) as output format. This Sony XAVC Converter for Mac can meet all of your needs.

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Load and transcode Sony DSC-WX500 XAVC-S files to Adobe Premiere Pro CC/CS6

Sony DSC-WX500 Features
Sony WX500 Digital Compact Camera with 30x Optical Zoom (DSC-WX500)


*Uses technologies from RX and Alpha series in a small compact form
*18.2MP Exmor R CMOS
*30x Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* zoom lens with 60x Clear Image zoom
*BIONZ X Processor
*Optical SteadyShot with 5-axis IS
*Pop-up flash
*921k-dot 3-inch LCD screen with full 180-degree tilt ideal for “selfies”
*Full HD movies including high speed XAVC S format at 50mbps bit rate
*Wi-Fi and NFC

Well, Sony DSC-WX500 is a brilliant camera! Many videographers love it as a great all around tool. But, is there an easy way that allows easy import XAVC S files into Adobe Premiere Pro directly, without having to use or open Sony's lousy Content Browser or other complex plug-ins. I’m seeking the Sony DSC-WX500 XAVC S to Premiere Pro best workflow.

As far as I know, Media Browser is a helpful tool for users to import XAVC S files to Premiere, though it has a high requirement against computer configuration, operating environment and editing software version. I’ve tried it, but it didn’t help me move my Sony WX500 XAVC S videos to Adobe Premiere smoothly. Since the highest picture resolution and frame rate video compression codec is much more than a video format that Premiere can support, the best workaround to transfer Sony WX500 footage to Adobe Premiere is to convert XAVC-S to MPEG-2, the most compatible video format for Adobe Premiere (no matter Premiere Pro CC, CS6, CS5, or CS4). Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac is highly recommended here.

The program is an easy-to-use yet professional Sony XAVC S Converter for Mac. It’s able to convert XAVC S files from Sony DSC-WX500 to Adobe Premiere Pro more compatible MPEG-2 video. With it, you may also encode XAVC-S to Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer, FCE, iMovie and more NLE programs highly compatible formats for editing. If you meet the XAVC S codec issues in Adobe Premiere on Windows PC, please get Brorsoft Video Converter to solve the problem.

Transcoding Sony DSC-WX500 XAVC-I to Adobe Premiere Pro

Step 1: Run the XAVC file converter program you just set up. Drag and drop XAVC files to the Converter. You can also hit Add files button to import videos to the app.



Step 2: Click "Format" pull down list to select Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas> MPEG-2(*.mpg) as the best video format for Premiere Pro. WMV, MOV formats are the good choice as well.



Tip: This XAVC S to MPEG-2 Converter also allows you to customize audio and video parameters like Video Codec, aspect ratio, bit rate, frame rate, Audio codec, sample rate, audio channels.

Step 3: When you finish all settings, hit “Convert” button to start XAVC S to .mpg conversion on Mac OS X. You can follow the conversion process from the pop-up windows.

When the conversion finished, you can import the converted XAVC-S file to Adobe Premiere Pro CC/CS6/CS5/CS4 smoothly with superior speed and the best quality.

Additional Tips:

This Sony XAVC S Converter Mac can also help you to encode XAVC/XAVC S video to FCP, iMovie, FCE, Avid, etc. You just need to choose a proper video format like " Final Cut Pro> Apple PreRes 422(*.mov)" for FCP in the second step. For Avid Media Composer, choose "Avid Media Composer > Avid DNxHD(*.mov)" as output; For iMovie, choose iMovie and Final Cut Express -> Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov) as output.

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