How to edit Sony PXW-FS5 4K XAVC in FCP?
Sony has announced the PXW-FS5, the latest addition to its rugged range of professional camcorders with superior creative features and flexible shooting. The PXW-FS5 is ergonomically designed with the user in mind; the 0.8kg lightweight body has excellent weight balance ensuring reliability and all-day comfortable handheld shooting, for almost any location, even airborne mounted on a drone. You can record 4K XAVC and 1080P AVCHD video via Sony new camcorder.
"Why I can’t load 4K files from Sony PXW-FS5 to FCP 7 on Mac OS X 10.11? What’s wrong with me?”
Recently, there are many guys made the switch to shooting and editing Sony PXW-FS5 videos in 4K. Besides doing a major computer upgrade to handle the increased file size of the 4K video, in order to import Sony PXW-FS5 4K XAVC to Final Cut Pro or other editing programs smoothly, we need to do some other preparations like downscale 4K video for FCP X, FCP 7and FCP 6; convert 4K files to FCP friendly format. Read on to learn details.
Actually, the 4K XAVC video was restricted to edit in Final Cut Pro. Only the latest version FCP X can natively support 4K video like Sony's XAVC (Need to install the new format). The previous version FCP 7/FCP 6 has not yet been updated for 4K support. What's more, due to the format limit, we can't edit all kinds of Sony PXW-FS5 footage in FCP flawlessly. How to solve the issues? As mentioned above, we need to encode Sony PXW-FS5 4K XAVC to FCP compatible video and even downscale 4K to 1080P if necessary. What you need is a 4K XAVC Converter application.
Acrok HD Video Converter for Mac is the ideal XAVC Video Converter for you, which can take your high quality Sony PXW-FS5 4K files and convert them into a supported format like Apple ProRes 422 MOV and ProRes 4444 MOV for editing in Final Cut Pro any version. Besides FCP, this software can also export professional encoders like AIC for iMovie/FCE, DNxHD for Avid, WMV for Windows Movie Maker, MPEG-2 for Adobe Premier Pro and more. This XAVC Converter is also available to customize the output resolutions to any size like 1080p, 2K, 4K as the users want. For Windows users, Acrok HD Video Converter is the alternative choice. Just download it and follow the tutorial below to get the work done.
Downloading the App - Acrok HD Video Converter (Windows | Mac)
Convert Sony PXW-FS5 4K XAVC for editing in FCP X/7/6
Add Sony PXW-FS5 recordings
Install the Sony PXW-FS5 to FCP converter and run it. Drag the FS5 XAVC video to the program. It supports batch conversion and joining multiple video clips into one file.
Choose FCP best editing foramt
This Sony XAVC converter offers optimized format preset for FCP. Just click "Format" menu firstly and then follow "Final Cut Pro" to set Apple ProRes 422 as the output format.
Tip: You can click the "Settings" button and customize proper video/audio parameters if necessary. If you are using FCP 7 and FCP 6 which does not fully support native 4K files, 1080P would be the best settings. Of course, if you wanna get a Sony PXW-FS5 4K workflow in FCP X, you can keep the original 4K video resolution.
Start XAVC to ProRes conversion
Hit the convert button to start converting Sony PXW-FS5 4K XAVC video to FCP X ProRes codec. After the conversion, click "Open" button to get the output videos. The converted video will be ready for Final Cut Pro (FCP X, FCP 7, FCP 6). Just enjoy your smooth editing process.