Monday, May 25, 2015

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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