Sony Alpha a6500 FCP-Convert a6500 AVCHD to ProRes for FCP X

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Summary: You may find Final Cut Pro X/7 won’t import XAVC-S files from Sony a6500 smoothly. The easy workaround is to transcode Sony a6500 XAVC-S to FCP X/7 more “edit” friendly codec- Apple ProRes. Here is how.

Sony Alpha a6500 is an apt APS-C-format mirrorless camera well-suited for both photo and video applications. Revolving around a 24.2MP Exmor CMOS sensor and BIONZ X image processor, clean image quality is provided with a wide expandable sensitivity range to ISO 51200, along with accelerated readout speeds for internal 4K30 and Full HD 1080p120 video recording with full pixel readout. The processor further benefits videographers with the inclusion of an S&Q (Slow & Quick) Motion setting that permits capturing Full HD video at a variety of frame rates ranging from 1-120 fps.

Will we have to transcode Sony a6500 XAVC S into another codec to be able to work in FCP X/7? At present XVAC-S, a long GOP inter-frame codec, does not appear to be supported by FCP, although I do not know that from personal experience. Apple does not respond on these forums and no one here knows or can say when, if ever, XVAC-S will be natively supported by Final Cut Pro X/7.

To edit Sony a6500 XAVC S footage in FCP X/7 smoothly, a suggestion is to use UFUSoft HD Video Converter for Mac to transcode XAVC S” to “ProRes, which is a friendly format supported by FCP. With this professional Mac XAVC S converter, you can effortlessly encode/re-encode XAVC-S from Sony a6500 for smoothly importing and editing in various non-linear editing systems (NLE), including Final Cut Pro X, FCP 6/7, iMovie, Final Cut Express, Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, etc.

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How to Import and Edit Sony a6500 4K XAVC S with FCP/FCP X on El Capitan?

Step 1: Import Sony a6500 4K XAVC S videos.

From “File”drop-down option, select “add Video/Audio”to add source Sony a6500 4K XAVC S video files to the program.

Step 2: Select output file format.

Click “Format”bar, from its drop-down list, select “Final Cut Pro”> “Apple Prores 422(*.mov)” as your desired output file format.

Step 3: Compress 4K Prores to 1080p.

Open “Profile Settings” window, choose “1920*1080″ file resolution from “Size(pix)” drop-down selection to downscale 4K Prores video to 1080p Prores.

Step 4: Convert a6500 4K XAVC S to Apple Prores format.

Go back to the main interface and press the “Convert” icon on the right-bottom to start Sony a6500 4K 4K XAVC S to Apple Prores process.

When the conversion is done, you can easily import converted video to FCP/FCP X for furthering professional editing.

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