Friday, February 26, 2016

Support for XAVC-S in FCPX

“I recently got myself a Sony A7s (great little camera!) that shoots in XAVC-S.
However, most of the time the XAVC-S files don't show up when choosing Import in FCP X.
Any way to make the XAVC-S files show up in the import window?”

Based around the XAVC S codec, a more highly compressed (Long GOP) version of pro-friendly XAVC/H.264 Level 5.2, videos are encoded in an MP4 wrapper, which means they should be relatively widely supported.

Although Final Cut Pro X with stunning features is a popular video editing software for users, the compatibility between 4K videos and Final Cut Pro X is still an unsolved mystery in that some XAVC-S videos can be imported into FCP X, while the some XAVC-S videos can not. 

To import and edit XAVC S files in FCP X, you will need to do some preparation before editing. The easy workaround I’ve worked out is to find a way to transcode Sony XAVC S to FCP X editable Prores codec in 1080p. Such as ProRes 422, ProRes 422 HQ, ProRes Proxy, ProRes 422 LT, ProRes 4444 video.>> Types of Apple ProRes Codecs 

Therefore, the easy workaround is, get Pavtube Video Converter for Mac (Best XAVC/XAVC S Video Converter for Mac Review) to convert XAVC S to ProRes, which will save you both time and trouble, and all you need is to drag the result videos for prompt editing.

Plus, you may also encode XAVC S to Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro, iMovie and more NLE programs highly compatible formats for smooth editing. Besides, it might help you change XAVC to other frequent formats like MOV, MKV, MP4, AVI, etc for playback on media devices. 

The trail-before-purchase is supported, just feel free to try it:


Key Feature of Pavtube Video Converter:
  • Support nearly all HD/SD video and audio formats to various video and audio format;
  • Make videos & movies & audios compatible with Android tablets/Phones, Apple devices, Mac OS X El Capitan, video game console, websites and more;
  • Edit videos with trim, crop, split, merge and special effects;
  • Process videos and movies in batch even faster and easier;
  • Attach external *.srt, *.ass, or *.ssa subtitles into source media for entertainment;
  • Support perfect audio and video synchronization.
Install and run it, you will see the interface. The following is a simple instruction of how to use this Pavtube Video Converter for Mac:

1.When converting video to Final Cut Pro oriented format templates(e.g. Apple Prores), please ensure that your computer has Final Cut Pro 7 installed, otherwise the converted files will have audio only without image.

2.If you are using FCP X, please make sure you have installed ProApps QuickTime Codecs, or you may get files with sound only without video.

How to Get XAVC S Support in Final Cut Pro X

Step 1: Add XAVC S footage to the program.

Launch the software on your Mac computer, click "File" menu, select "Add Video/Audio" or "Add from folder" to import XAVC footage to the program.

Step 2: Choose output format.

Click "Format" bar, from its drop-down options, move your mouse to "Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)" to select it as the output file format.

Read the difference of ProRes. 

• Apple ProRes 422 – Higher quality than Apple ProRes 422 (LT); 
• Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) – Keep original video quality for editing in FCP; 
• Apple ProRes 422 (LT) – Get a smaller file sizes than Apple ProRes 422; 
• Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy) – SD levels – 480i/p and 576i/p. Used in offline workflows. 
• Apple ProRes 4444 – Edit and finish 4:4:4 material. 

Actually, different Apple ProRes codec corresponds to different needs. Here you can refer to this article "Differences among Apple ProRes codec". 

Step 3: Customize output ProRes parameters.

Open "Profile Settings" window to adjust the output video codec, size, bit rate, frame rate, audio codec, sample rate, bit rate and channels.

Step 4: Convert XAVC S Video to FCP X.

Hit the convert button under the preview windows, the program will start XAVC footage to Apple ProRes MOV conversion for Final Cut Pro X.

When the conversion is completed, run FCP X and import the ProRes codec footage for post production workflow.

If you are running on Windows,for other windows NLEs please get Pavtube Video Converter.

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