Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Convert Sony RX10 II 4K XAVC S to ProRes MOV for FCP X/7/6

Summary: How can I natively import and edit Sony RX10 II 4K XAVC S files with FCP X/7/6? This post presents a way of converting RX10 II 4K XAVC S to ProRes MOV for use in FCP X/7/6 with optimum performance.

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With Sony RX10 II, you can enjoy high-precision 4K recording with minimised image distortion for super-real movies. The Pro-grade XAVC S codec ensures beautiful footage with high-bit-rate recording and full pixel readout without pixel binning achieves high-resolution results. You can capture astounding super-real movies with cinematic detail and clarity surpassing human vision.

Q1: “I want to buy Sony RX10 II. It can shoot video with AVCHD but wanted to check the better encoder XAVC S. I’m working with FCP 7 and it does not recognize the XAVC S file (although I can still play the file with QT – a bit strange. I guess I’m missing something here.)”

Q2: “I want to import SonyRX10 II footage to FCP 6. Is it possible to work with 4K XAVC S files in FCP 6 natively and how to do?”

The new Retina MacBook Pro coming out of Apple also introduced a major new update for its NLE, Final Cut Pro X. This 10.1 update now including more 4K software and hardware support and also the ability to upload 4K videos directly to YouTube. However, the former version of Final Cut Pro like FCP 7 will lack the ability to play and edit 4K videos. As for XAVC S codec support, the previous version of FCP is not compatible with XAVC or XAVC S. Only the latest version - Final Cut Pro 10.1 (Final Cut Pro X) adds general QuickTime support for XAVC S.

Two ways to import Sony RX10 II 4K XAVC S to FCP X/7/6 for smoothly editing:

Method 1: Before importing Sony RX10 II 4K XAVC S to FCP X/7/6, verify that Pro Video Formats is installed on your system. Check for software updates and, if necessary, install the latest Pro Video Formats. This is a good way to import RX10 II video into the Final Cut Pro. But you will find that XAVC S format isn’t a good editing format for FCP during the editing process. You will cost you a lot of time on rendering, and you can’t preview the video well.

Method 2: Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac (review), a reliable application with customers around the world can be your ideal solution to solve RX10 II 4K XAVC S video transcoding and file compression problems. You can not only use the program to directly encode Sony RX10 II 4K XAVC S to Final Cut Pro optimized Apple ProRes formats, but also downscale the 4K video to 1080p for high quality and high performance editing in FCP 7 or its former version.


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How to convert Sony RX10 II 4K XAVC S to ProRes MOV for FCP X/7/6?

Step 1: Launch the HD Video Converter on your Mac, and then click the “Add video” button to import your source files directly. In order to import several files at one time, you can click “Add from folder” button.

Step 2: Click the “Format” bar to get the drop-down menu and you can get “Final Cut Pro>>Apple ProRes codec”, including ProRes 422, ProRes 422 (HQ), ProRes 422 (LT), ProRes 422 (Proxy) and ProRes 4444. Choose the proper one you want. Here, we suggest you to choose Apple ProRes 422 .mov as the best output format.

Step 3: Press the “Settings” icon and you’d better set the video frame rate as 30fps, video size as 1920*1080 forediting RX10 II footage in FCP X/7/6 easily.

Step 4: Now, click "Convert" and let it go. The program supports batch conversion. So if you have lots of files to convert, check “Shut down computer after conversion” and you can go away without keeping an eye on it.

Conclusion: Once the conversion process shows in 100%, click “Open” to get the output videos. Create a project and start editing RX10 II 4K XAVC S in FCP X/7/6 with light speed.

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