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Best XAVC/XAVC S to Final Cut Pro Editing Workflow

Q: "Hi, I recently bought Sony's alpha 7 mrk ii. I can shoot video with the better encoder XAVC-S. I'm working with FCP 7 and it does not recognize the file. I searched online and found several external software that can convert XAVC-S to ProRes 422. Does anyone have tried out one of these softwares? Any other solution? Thanks a lot!"

When searching online, we found there are a lots of XVAC or XAVC S editing issues with the professional editing software Final Cut Pro. So, in this post we'll talk about why and provide the best XAVC/XAVC S to Final Cut Pro editing workflow for you guys.

XAVC is a recording format that was introduced by Sony that uses level 5.2 of H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, which is the highest level supported by that video standard. It can support 4K resolution (4096 × 2160 and 3840 × 2160) at up to 60 frames per second (fps). Although there are some plug-in for guys to import Sony's XAVC (S) to Apple’s Final Cut Pro. Well, it can't work well all the time and solve all the incompatible issues. As it happens with H.264, XAVC(as well as XAVC-S) is not for editing, is for delivery. In this case, we suggest you transcode/convert XAVC (S) to FCP preferred Apple format before importing.

To finish the task, a professional XAVC (S) to FCP video converter like Brorsoft iMedia Converter for Mac is needed. Applying the program, you can easily convert Sony's XAVC (S) footage to FCP supported video formats in clicks while keeping original quality. Besides, it also exports advanced encoders like Apple Intermediate Codec, DNxHD, MPEG-2, etc. allowing you to convert video to seamlessly fit iMovie, iDVD, Adobe Premiere, Avid Media Composer, etc.

Download XAVC to FCP converter:

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Step 1. Import MKV files

Click "Add Video" button (or "Add from folder") to load XAVC (S) source files. Or just drag&drop your XAVC (S) videos into the video converter.


Step 2. Choose ProRes as output format

Click Format bar and go to Final Cut Pro column by choosing "Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)" as best video format for editing XAVC (S) clips in Final Cut Pro with good video quality.


Tip-advanced: 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 XAVC (S) to FCP conversion

At last, click "Convert" button to transcode/convert XAVC (S) footage to ProRes for importing to FCP. Once finished, click "Open" button to get the exported files and then import the converted XAVC (S) files into Final Cut Pro X or FCP 6/7 to do further editing a breeze.

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