Load 4K MXF from Sony PXW-FS7M2 to Final Cut Pro
Expanding on the original FS7, Sony’s PXW-FS7M2 XDCAM Super 35 Camera System is a flexible 4K camera system. The camera records in your 4K choice of XAVC-I or XAVC-L. Video is packed in the widely supported MXF wrapper. If you want to record HD footage, you can choose MPEG-2 model. The PXW-FS7M2 records internally in both DCI 4K and UHD 4K at up to 59.94 fps, and in HD up to 180 fps using XAVC-I or up to 120 fps with XAVC-L. You can set the PXW-FS7M2 to record onboard and monitor on a BT 2020 compliant monitors via HDMI 10-bit 4:2:2 or SDI at 10-bit 4:2:2 with a 709 monitor LUT applied.
As a Sony PXW-FS7M2 user, you may be confused with FS7M2 MXF footage workflow with Final Cut Pro. Though Final Cut Pro X especially the 10.14 – 10.5.2 provide native support for MXF, with no transcoding, smooth importing, strong metadata support, real-time editing, and flexible delivery options, something frustrating to its users is that when loading FS7M2 4K MXF files to Final Cut Pro, some error messages like missing codec, looped audio, etc occurred from time to time. Many Sony users still meet kinds of issues whenever importing MXF files into Final Cut Pro as following:
“We received XAVC-I video files and are unable to bring them in via import. We’re on Final Cut Pro X (10.1.4 ).”
“Tried to import Sony XAVC-L files to FCP X 10.4.4 but to no avail. The error says: The file has an unsupported compression type.”
“Tried import Sony PXW-FS7M2 MXF and Final Cut Pro gave me an error saying that that was the wrong way to import media.”
In fact, the Sony PXW-FS7M2 recording 4K video format MXF, a self-container format, which is not an ideal format for most editing software such as Final Cut Pro. And from Apple official website you will know that it can support ProRes encoded MOV files well, and ProRes codec is the native codec for Final Cut Pro. In this case, for the purpose of helping FS7M2 owners get rid of this trouble, you’d better to transcode XAVC-I or XAVC-L to ProRes video for smooth editing in Final Cut Pro.
To finish the task, you can download and apply MXF to Final Cut Pro Converter to achieve your goal effortlessly. This program can easily transcode MXF files to Final Cut Pro highly compatible ProRes codec from Sony PXW-FS7M2 as well as PXW-FS7, PXW5, PXW5M2, PXW-FX9, ILME-FX6… without quality loss. It can generates best editing format/codec for filmmakers and video enthusiasts to use in different NLE apps, such as Final Cut Pro, After Effects, iMovie, Avid Media Composer, Vegas Pro, DaVinci Resolve, and more. If you’re using a Windows PC, please turn to the Windows version, which has the same function as the Mac program.
Free download MXF to Final Cut Pro Converter
Convert Sony PXW-FS7M2 MXF to ProRes MOV for editing in Final Cut Pro
Step 1: Load PXW-FS7M2 video files
Launch the Sony PXW-FS7M2 Video Converter and click “Add file” button to import the 4K MXF files to the top XAVC-L/I to ProRes Converter. Batch conversion is supported.
Step 2. Choose the optimized preset for FCP
The program has three already optimized the video settings for Final Cut Pro. You can select Apple ProRes 422 MOV or Apple ProRes 4444 MOV from “Final Cut Pro” as the output format.
Tip: If you want to set some parameters for the output profile, you could click the “Settings” button to set the output bitrate, encode, frame rate, resolution, sample rate, channels, etc.
You can edit PXW-FS7M2 footage via our MXF to FCP Converter. This software can help you trim, crop, add various effects onto the loaded files. Even convert 2D 4K recordings to 3D video for playing on your devices that has a big screen.
Step 3. Start conversion
When the former steps finished, you can press “Convert” button to start rewrapping Sony PXW-FS7M2 4K MXF files to ProRes MOV for Final Cut Pro on Mac. Once the conversion process is done, click “Open” button to get the generated files. After the conversion, you can import the converted 4K MXF to Final Cut Pro for further editing smoothly.