Simple way to import Sony a1 4K XAVC HS to FCP X without rendering
The Sony Alpha 1 is a high-end mirrorless camera with a 50 Megapixel full-frame sensor, built-in stabilisation, 30fps electronic bursts and a wide array of video modes including 4k 120p and 8k 30p. In terms of video, the A1 will film uncropped 8k up to 30p, oversampled from 8.6k with no binning and encoded in XAVC HS / H.265 / 10-bit 4:2:0 at 200 or 400Mbit/s; thanks to the encoding you can record 8k onto an SD card and Sony is quoting at least 30 minute recording times.
Imported Sony Alpha 1 (a1) 4K XAVC HS videos to Final Cut Pro X but it only played the audio? FCP X can’t recognize your Sony a1 source video… Although Apple Final Cut Pro X claims that it support XAVC and XAVC S importing, when importing Sony Alpha 1 XAVC HS videos into FCP X, users always encounter video and audio problems. This article aims to show you how to get FCP X work with Sony a1 4K recordings smoothly.
In order to import Sony a1 XAVC HS footage to Final Cut Pro X with best possible quality, you can convert the 4K footage to ProRes codec, which optimizes the video data for playback performance and editing in FCP X. Unlike XAVC HS, the ProRes codec does not use temporal compression, so every frame can be decoded and displayed immediately without first decoding other frames. If you do that, you can import XAVC HS into FCP X without rendering.
Along with some help from third-party software, it can be done effortlessly. Here Acrok Video Converter Ultimate for Mac is recommended to you. It is one of the best XAVC HS Video Converter for Mac (macOS Big Sur Included) on the market. With it, you can effortlessly transcode Sony a1 XAVC HS to ProRes .mov, which will create an FCP X friendly file format keeping the original quality. Besides FCP X, this software can also export DNxHD for Avid Media Composer, MPEG-2 for Premiere Pro CC, H.264 for DaVinci Resolve 17 and more NLE systems for native editing. Just download it and follow the tutorial below to get the work done.
Free download XAVC HS Video Converter
Tip: If you have other requirements, for example, you want to edit MXF in Final Cut Pro X, Edit H.265 MOV/MP4/MKV in Final Cut Pro X, even edit Blu-ray and DVD in Final Cut Pro X, this software can help you.
How to convert Sony Alpha 1 XAVC HS to ProRes for Final Cut Pro X?
Step 1: Load XAVC HS files
Once you run the XAVC HS to FCP X Converter, click “Add file” icon to load your source Sony a1 files. When the XAVC HS files are loaded to the program, you can view the videos from the Preview window. Simply select an item and click the “Play” button. When the video is playing, you are allowed to take snapshoot.
Step 2: Set ProRes MOV as the output format
Directly choose the ProRes MOV preset from “Final Cut Pro” category for FCP X, FCP 7 and FCP 6, which has been supplied by the XAVC HS to FCP X Converter. The settings also works for all versions of Final Cut Pro.
Tip: By clicking the Settings icon, you can adjust video and audio parameters like codec, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate, etc., in that way, you can take charge of the size and quality of the output files. In principle, the larger input values, the better output quality, but the corresponding larger file size.
Before video conversion, you can personalize and touch up your videos in clicks. All you need is to click “Edit” icon to get the video editing window. Then you’ll see Trim, Crop, 3D, Effect, Watermark, Subtitles and Audio 7 video editing functions as follows.
Step 3: Start transcoding XAVC HS files to ProRes
When you finish all settings, hit “Convert” button to start Sony a1 XAVC HS to ProRes .mov conversion on Mac. You can follow the conversion process from the pop-up windows.
Once the conversion finished, you can import the converted Sony a1 files to Final Cut Pro X smoothly with superior speed once the post production process begins.