Edit Sony XDCAM HD IMX MXF files in FCP X
If you are looking for the best way to transfer IMX data to Mac for editing in Final Cut Pro, this article is worth reading. It explains how to transcode Sony XDCAM HD IMX files to Apple ProRes 422 MOV and Apple ProRes 4444 MOV for working with NLE apps on Mac platform.
IMX, created by Sony, which can be stored on tape, optical disc, or hard disk within an MXF container is a high-quality, standard definition, MPEG-2-based video format. MPEG-2 is generally seen as a distribution format, but it has not been taken up so readily for content acquisition and post-production work. To be able to ingest Sony IMX media to Mac for editing with Final Cut Pro (FCP X, FCP 7, FCP 6), it is necessary to understand how to convert XDCAM HD IMX to Apple ProRes MOV on Mac.
Looking for a way to import IMX files to FCP X
“I’m having trouble importing IMX files shot on a Sony XDCAM HD camcorder to FCP X. So I guess I need to figure out how to convert this IMX files to something that will play nice with Final Cut Pro X. Any help is much appreciated.”
If you are in the same situation as mentioned above, we would recommend you use Acrok MXF to FCP Converter to do format conversion. Working excellently as a Sony IMX Converter for Mac, this program comes with great ability to convert IMX files to optimal files for use in Apple FCP, iMovie, FCE, Avid systems, Adobe Premiere and After Effects with invisible quality loss. In addition to access IMX conversion on Mac, it is also able to handle video files in a wide variety of file formats, including MXF, AVCHD, MTS, M2TS, M2T, TiVo, MOV, MKV, MOD, TOD, MPG, FLV, WMV, MP4, AVI, VOB, and more.
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How to transcode Sony XDCAM HD IMX files for editing on Mac FCP?
Follow these steps:
Step 1: Download the free trial version of IMX MXF to FCP Apple ProRes Converter for Mac from the download link provided above. Install and start up it. From the main interface, click ‘Add video’ or ‘Add from folder’ to import Sony IMX footage.
Step 2: Choose output format for Final Cut Pro (FCP X, FCP 7, FCP 6). Here, you can choose Apple ProRes MOV as output format.
If you are iMovie, FCP, Avid, Premiere Pro and AE users, these tips will be useful.
1) To be able to convert IMX video for iMovie and FCE, from the ‘Format’ bar, choose ‘Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)’ as output format from ‘iMovie and Final Cut Express’ catalogue.
2) To be able to rewrap IMX files for Avid, from the ‘Format’ bar, choose ‘Avid DNxHD (*.mov)’ as output format from ‘Avid Media Composer’ catalogue.
3) To be able to encode IMX recordings to Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects, from the ‘Format’ bar, choose ‘MOV (AVC) (*.mov)’ as output format from ‘Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas’ column.
Step 3: Customize video and audio settings if necessary. You are allowed to do advanced settings on video bit rate, frame rate, resolution, audio sample rate, audio channels and more.
Step 4: Click ‘Convert’ button to start encoding Sony XDCAM HD IMX data for using smoothly within Final Cut Pro (FCP X, FCP 7, FCP 6).
Step 5: Soon after the conversion is completed, you can hit ‘Open’ button to get the generated files for post production in NLEs.