Best Sony PXW-X70 XAVC to Final Cut Pro Workflow

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Sony’s PXW-X70 Professional XDCAM Compact Camcorder is about the same size as a conventional 1/3″ professional compact camcorder, but it features a 1″ type sensor, which is larger than a super-16 sized sensor and more than eight times the size of a 1/3″ sensor. The larger Exmor R sensor size provides for more cinematic appearing depth of field than a 1/3″ sensor is capable of and features a back-side illuminated design for improved low light performance. It features an integrated 12x optical zoom lens with a manual lens ring for zoom/focus control, and a three level switchable ND filter. The top handle incorporates two 3-pin XLR inputs for recording audio from XLR microphones. The camera records HD video using the XAVC Long-GOP codec with 4:2:2, 10-bit color sampling at 50 Mb/second, providing footage with a high data rate that is suitable for broadcast applications.

If for some reason FCP X/7/6 can not work with Sony XDCAM PXW-X70 XAVC video files smoothly, you will need to convert them to a format that is compatible with FCP X/7/6 before editing. This post elaborates the best workflow between Sony XDCAM PXW-X70 and FCP X/7/6, and explains how to encode PXW-X70 XAVC to ProRes for use in Final Cut Pro X/7/6 with lossless quality.

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How to Convert Sony PXW-X70 XAVC to FCP X/7/6 supported ProRes MOV on Mac OS X?

Step 1. Run UFUSoft XAVC Video Converter for Mac as a professional Sony PXW-X70 to ProRes Converter. When its main interface comes up, click ‘Add File’ to load source video to it.

Step 2. Select ‘Apple ProRes 422(*.mov)’ as output format under ‘Final Cut Pro’ column. The ProRes codec is workable in FCP X and its former version FCP 6 and 7. or you can select one as target format depending on your requirement in post production.

Apple ProRes 422 – Higher quality than Apple ProRes 422 (LT);
Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) – Keep original video quality for editing in FCP;
Apple ProRes 422 (LT) – Get a smaller file sizes than Apple ProRes 422;
Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy) – SD levels – 480i/p and 576i/p, Used in offline workflows.
Apple ProRes 422 4444 – Edit and finish 4:4:4 material.

Step 3. Adjust video and audio settings (for advanced users)
If you like, you can click ‘Settings’ button and goto ‘Setting Profiles’ panel to modify video and audio setting.

Step 4. Click convert icon to start the Sony PXW-X70 XAVC to ProRes .mov conversion on Mac. After conversion, you can get the converted video files by clicking “Open” button. Now, you can edit ProRes QuickTime files for using in FCP X/7/6 with optimum performance.

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