Transcode and Import Sony a6000 XAVC S to Final Cut Pro X/7

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The black Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera is a versatile and advanced mirrorless camera featuring a 24.3MP APS-C-sized Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor and BIONZ X image processor to produce high-resolution still images and full HD movies with marked low-light quality and sensitivity to ISO 25600. Beyond notable imaging traits, the image processor also lends itself to continuous shooting up to 11 fps and an intelligent Fast Hybrid AF system that uses both phase- and contrast-detection methods to quickly and accurately acquire focus.

We write this tutorial to help those who are having issues working with Sony a6000 1080p videos in Final Cut Pro X. It presents a workaround to transcode Sony a6000 movies to Apple ProRes codec for use in FCP X smoothly.

FCP X support for Sony a6000 XAVC S/AVCHD videos

“Hello guys, I have a Sony a6000 camera which is able to capture 1080p video at 120p. Recently, I have switched to a Mac specifically for FCP X. I’m really not familiar enough with this video editing application and I’m having issues working with a6000 XAVC S videos in FCPX. The editing process is unstable and unreliable. Has anyone tried editing 1080p videos from an a6000 on FCP X? Please help. Thanks.”

The a6000 records 1080p files in XAVC S/AVCHD format at up to 30p. If for whatever reason you are having issues working with Sony a6000 XAVC S/AVCHD videos in FCP X, we would recommend transcode them to a format that is compatible with FCP X first, such as Apple ProRes 422, FCP X’s favorite editing codec, which FCP X will recognize and handle well. Read on to learn a simple guide on how to transcode Sony a6000 XAVC S/AVCHD files to ProRes for FCP X.

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Full Guide: Transcode Sony a6000 XAVC S/AVCHD to Final Cut Pro for editing

1. Install UFUSoft HD Converter for Mac program on Mac and run it. Click “Add” button on the top of the main interface to import video to the program. It supports batch conversion and joining multiple video clips into one file.

2. Click the “Format” bar and select Final Cut Pro> Apple PreRes 422(*.mov) as output format. This format is specially designed for FCP, so that you can edit your original Sony a6000 video in Final Cut Pro perfectly.

Tip: You also can click “Settings” to set video frame rate, video size and Video Bitrate as you want.

3. Click the “Convert” icon, and the XAVC S/AVCHD to FCP Converter will start converting a6000 XAVC S/AVCHD to ProRes MOV for FCP 7/X on Mac.

After the conversion, launch Final Cut Pro, choose File > Import > Files…, and browse to where you save the converted XAVC S/AVCHD clips to. Now you can start fun away with editing Sony a6000 video footage in Final Cut Pro X or FCP 7/6 without any problem.

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