Transcode Sony FDR-AX100 XAVC-S Files to ProRes 422 HQ MOV for FCP X/7

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Summary: UFUSoft XAVC Converter for Mac is an easy-to-use and intuitive Mac Sony FDR-AX100 XAVC-S to ProRes Converter tool which can help you transcode recorded XAVC-S clips to ProRes 422 HQ MOV for smoothly editing with Final Cut Pro X/7.

In its first real prosumer 4K camcorder offering, Sony’s Handycam FDR-AX100 incorporates the 1-inch BSI sensor technology that debuted with the Cyber-shot RX100 II and then appeared in the the RX10, along with its image-processing complement, the Bionz X (the identical-but-HDC X900 uses the 1-inch Exmor R as well). Though it uses a larger sensor than the higher-end AX1′s 1/2.3-inch version, Sony crams the AX100′s sensor with 20 megapixels, compared to 8.3 megapixels for the AX1′s, so the cheaper model likely has smaller pixels. Like the AX1, the AX100 uses the XAVC-S codec for 60MB/sec 4K recording; it can handle 4K/30p and 24p, or you can record at 1080/60p.

I have footage shot on the Sony FDR-AX100 which usually is imported straight from the camera as XAVC-S files. As we know, viewing and playing XAVC-S footage on Mac is a big puzzle. Not an exception, the XAVC-S files H.264/MPEG-4 AVC Codec is not compatible for editing in Final Cut Pro, including FCP 6/7/ and FCP X. To view and edit XAVC-S recordings in FCP X/7, you need to transocde Sony FDR-AX100 XAVC-S to ProRes 422, the native codec to read XAVC-S in FCP. For giving priority to video quality and transcoding settings, I use UFUSoft XAVC Converter for Mac, an excellent XAVC-S viewer and converter, which can transcode XAVC-S to ProRes 422 Codec at a range of frame rates, including 23.976, 24, 25, 29.97, 30.50, 59.94 and 60 for precisely needs, and it also helps to convert XAVC-S to iMovie, XAVC-S to QuickTime, XAVC-S to Avid, XAVC-S to Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas, XAVC-S to FCE, etc for editing.

Step1: Import or drag & drop Sony FDR-AX100 XAVC-S to UFUSoft XAVC Converter for Mac
You can import XAVC-S content via clicking “add video” or “add folder” in the upper corner or just drag XAVC-S to the program directly.

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If you want to merge XAVC-S files, just need to select all files and click Merge.

Step 2: Select ProRes 422 as export format for FCP X/7

Click “format” and under the FCP menu, you can clearly see proper formats for FCP, among which, native codec to read XAVC-S files in FCP X/7, including ProRes 422 and ProRes 444. ou can also directly enter FCP in the search bar, even faster.

ProRes 422 HQ is recommended here for offering even greater headroom to preserve the quality f even the most demanding.

Step 3: Set proper frame rate for output ProRes 422 HQ MOV

Set proper frame rate is important. The video frame rate is up to 60fps under the ProRes 422 format profile settings. After much verification, here suggests 25P in PAL (30P in NTSC) to keep high video quality and smooth edit in FCP X/7. Before converting Sony XAVC-S to MOV, you can also adjust other settings, like video size, video bitrates, audio channels, etc. I prefer to set video bitrates as high quality and choose 5.1 channels for better audio and video quality.

Step 4: Transcode Sony FDR-AX100 XAVC-S file to ProRes 422 HQ MOV

Click “Conversion” icon to transcode Sony FDR-AX100 XAVC-S to ProRes 422 HQ MOV for FCP X/7 at high speed. With just a click on “Open output folder”, you can locate the export ProRes MOV easily.

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