Import and edit Sony PXW-Z280 MXF in FCP X

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Import and edit Sony PXW-Z280 MXF in FCP X

Import and edit Sony PXW-Z280 MXF in Final Cut Pro X (FCPX)

For the last few years, Sony has been shipping cameras with a new format, XAVC. Sony’s PXW-Z280 4K 3-CMOS 1/2″ Sensor XDCAM Camcorder continues the fine tradition of the XDCAM series of cameras. It captures 4K at up to 60p relying on three 1/2″ Exmor R sensors that provide improved low-light capability when compared to standard sensors. The camera supports modern codecs such as XAVC, as well as legacy codecs such as MPEG HD and DVCAM, allowing you to use one camera to shoot 4K, HD, or SD video. XAVC generally uses the MXF wrapper, with the audio and video in a single file.

Although Apple Final Cut Pro X lets you work with MXF files directly from Canon, Panasonic and Sony XDCAM cameras without file transcoding or wrapping. However, people still fail to load Sony PXW-Z280 4K files into FCP X due to some unknown reasons. It would be very time consuming for you to find out the reason by yourself. The best simple way is transcoding Sony PXW-Z280 XAVC-I and XAVC-L files to FCP X specially optimized ProRes video formats, so that you can directly import 4K MXF footage into Final Cut Pro.

Here, you can easily done the conversion with Acrok MXF Converter for Mac (Best MXF to FCP Converter), which can easily transcode Sony PXW-Z280 MXF files to Final Cut Pro X specially optimized ProRes format. Besides that, you can also do some simple video editing work of the MXF files before loading them into FCP X, you can merge separate files into one, split large files into small ones by file size, count or length, trim video length to cut off unwanted parts, crop video to remove the black edges, etc, add video/image/transparent text watermark, add external srt/ass/ssa subtitles to video.

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How to transcode Sony PXW-Z280 MXF for editing in FCP X?

Step 1: Load Sony PXW-Z280 files into the program.
Run MXF to FCP X Converter on Mac computer. On the main interface, click “Add File”  or “Add folder” icon to load your 4K recordings into the 4K Video Converter.

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Step 2: Choose FCP X optimized file format.
Click “Format” drop-down bar to select a proper video format. To edit Sony PXW-Z280 MXF videos in FCP X, then Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov) or “Apple ProRes 4444 (*.mov)” is the suitable one.

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Step 3: Edit Sony PXW-Z280 files.
Select an item on the main interface to activate the “Video Editor” function, in the opened video editor window, you can trim video file length, crop video file size, add watermark, apply special rendering effect, remove/replace audio in video or add external subtitles to video, etc.

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Tip: Click “Settings” icon to adjust video and audio parameters including video codec, video size, video bitrate, video frame rate, audio sample rate, audio channel, etc.

Step 4: Start conversion.
After all the setting is completed, hit right-bottom “Convert” button to begin the conversion of Sony PXW-Z280 files to FCP X ProRes codec conversion process. When the conversion is completed, click “Open” button to locate the converted video files, you will have no problem to import Sony PXW-Z280 video to Final Cut Pro X for editing.

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