Import and edit Sony FDR AX1 XAVC S video in FCP X, FCP 7 and FCP 6

Anybody knows how to import videos I’ve made with my Sony FDR AX1 into Final Cut Pro X ? I owned previously a HDR-PJ430V and had no problem importing the videos from the camcorder, but with the Sony FDR AX1, the camera doesn’t seem to be recognized by FCP X.

Playing with 4K videos is no longer a pie in the sky. It is the Sony FRD AX1, the first 4K Handycam that makes most consumers’ dream come true. Upon looking through the introduction of this newest gadget, we cannot help but wow on the tangible cutting-edge technology. It can not only shoot videos at a resolution of 3840 x 2160 in 60p, but also adapts the latest storage standard and Sony’s newest format called XAVC S (MPEG4-AVC/H264). To provide a happy post production to the users, a Sony Vegas Pro 12 Edit will be bundled. Have to admit that, the FDR AX1 is the Sony’s first all-in-one solution for 4K content production with a price tag less than $5,000.

Edit sony FDR AX1 XAVC-S video in Final Cut Pro (FCP X, FCP 7, FCP 6)A video without post production is like a diamond in the rough. It may be a happy story for most Windows users who can run Vegas Pro 12 smoothly, but it is not the case for the users running Mac. Reason is that most of them use Final Cut Pro as the editing system, besides, as far as I am concerned, the Mac version of Sony Vegas Pro is not available yet. However, there is nothing to worry about, XAVC S Video Converter for Mac makes it feasible to edit FDR AX1 footage in Final Cut Pro (FCP X, FCP 7, FCP 6) easily. It works by converting the XAVC S footage to FCP acceptable format like ProRes 422 MOV, so that the format restriction is eliminated.

Before we take a look at how to convert FDR AX1 to FCP ProRes for editing, it’s a good time to see what preparations you need to make.

Preparations: download Sony FDR AX1 to FCP Converter, set up by following the instructions and then run the program. (If you are Windows user and want to edit Sony FDR AX1 XAVC S video in Premiere Pro, you can transcode FDR AX1 video to  MOV, MPG or WMV video via this Sony FDR AX1 video converter.)

How to convert and import Sony FDR AX1 XAVC S video to Final Cut Pro?

1. Import FDR AX1 XAVC S Footage into the Converter

First of all, you should copy the XAVC S footages off your Sony FRD AX1 camera, save them to the computer desktop. Then, click the add video button on the tool bar of the interface, navigate to the source footage, select it and have it loaded to the program. Noting that this program supports batch conversion, you can import more than one footage at one time.

Import and edit Sony FDR AX1 XAVC-S video in FCP X, FCP 7 and FCP 6

2. Set ProRes 422 as the Output Format

As an versatile video converter, it includes a lot of common formats as well as optimal presets for most popular applications, software and media devices. When you press the “Format” button, you can choose your target format from the format list easily. To import FDR AX1 XAVC S to FCP X, FCP 7 and FCP 6, you should choose “Final Cut Pro” > “Apple ProRes 422 (*mov)” as the output format. Or, you can use the “fast searching” button at the top of the format list to find your target format quickly.

Convert Sony FDR AX1 XAVC-S video to FCP to Apple ProRes

Tips: There are a wealth of editing features in the program that can jazz up the XAVC S footages. The features include but not limited to: altering the video dimension, applying special video effects, etc. Just feel free to make the best use of them.

3. Begin to Convert FDR AX1 XAVC S to ProRes 422

After the editing, you can preview the final result. If you are fine with it, you can hit the red “convert” button to kick off the conversion from XAVC S footages to FCP ProRes 422. Wait for a while and you will get the converted files with 100% original quality preserved. After that, you can transfer them to Final Cut Pro for post production smoothly. Good luck with your editing!

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  1. Aid Boms Post author

    My favorite hobbies are horses riding and video productions. They are coupled by the fact that I produce multi-camera movies of horses shows in order to allow riders to see possible improvements.

    My main camera is a Sony FDR AX1 and I’m used to achieve NLE with FCP 7 on a Mac Pro station.

    My additional cameras are less expensive Sony prosumer/consumer AVCHD devices; AVCHD is a nice format to display on a TV set but not for editing.

    To my opinion the best way to integrate various video formats in a Final Cut Pro timeline is to rely on ProRes 422 pivot format; this means efficiently converting my XAVC s MP4 footages.

    That’s were Aunsoft enters the game with HD Video Converter for Mac: a powerful, easy to use converter delivering excellent quality ProRes 422 outputs (with all flavours – HQ, LT & Proxy), leaving the audio part intact.

    On my Mac Pro it’s pretty fast to convert and the integration with FCP works like a charm (I will soon test it with FCP X since the current process for importing XAVC S MP4 into FCP X looks cumbersome by requiring the camera).

    In addition to that, I must say there is a fantastic after-sales / support team behind the product; something rare by these days.

    Thanks for this product and thanks to the company !

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