The Sony a7 IV has the resolution and AF performance that appeals to photographers along with robust 4K 60p video recording for filmmakers and content creators. It can record 3840 x 2160 4K movies in MP4 format to SD cards at a bit rate of 23.98p/50p/59.94p, and can output uncompressed video directly to external recorders. The point here, many people find it a painful experience to import a7 IV MP4 MP4 footage to Final Cut Pro for further editing. And there are many frequently asked questions quoted below:
“I have recently got a Sony a7 IV and whenever I import it into Final Cut Pro I get a warning with a list of code/file names and it says ‘this file format is not supported’. Yet it has imported into Final Cut Pro and I am able to use it. I am just confused at why I get this warning every time that the file format is not supported?”
“I edit on a Mac in Final Cut Pro, and have recently been working with Sony a7 IV footage. The problem is, when I open my project in my other computer, Sony a7 IV asks me to relink the footage, and asks for the specific clips. But in the Finder, I cannot see the individual clips… only the “Private” folder that the a7 IV generates.”
Many Sony a7 IV users have the similiar problems when importing Sony a7 IV footage to Final Cut Pro (X, 7, 6). In fact, the MP4 files captured by Sony a7 IV is quite difficult to edit with. To fix the problem, the easy workaround is to convert Sony a7 IV MP4 to a fully compatible format such as ProRes for Final Cut Pro.
Actually, it’s not as difficult as you imagine. What you need is just a common video converter like Acrok Video Converter Ultimate for Mac. This program features high efficiency and seamless conversion. By running it, there’s no need to set the codec yourself: the program has optimized presets for Final Cut Pro. With it, you can do batch conversion from XAVC HS, XAVC S, H.264, MPEG-4 and more to Final Cut Pro compatible format with least quality loss. If you’re using a Windows PC, simply turn to , which has the same function as the Mac version.
Just download, install and launch this great MP4 to Final Cut Pro Converter and then follow the tutorial to work with Sony a7 IV footage in Final Cut Pro smoothly.
Converting Sony a7 IV MP4 footage for Final Cut Pro
Load Sony a7 IV MP4 footage
Run the MP4 to Final Cut Pro converter and click the Add File button to import Sony a7 IV MP4 videos to be converted. You can also drag and drop MP4 clips to the application. The app supports converting multiple files at a time. If you want to convert your Blu-ray disc to MP4 and other hot common video format, please click “Load disc” icon to lod the Blu-ray movies.
Choose the output format
The program has three already optimized the video settings for Final Cut Pro. You can select Apple ProRes 422 MOV or Apple ProRes 4444 MOv from “Final Cut Pro” as the output format. All output videos will keep the original quality of MP4 video and seamlessly fit Fina Cut Pro and more. Here we recommend you choose Apple ProRes 422 MOV.
Tips: The default setting works well. Of course, if you want to customize video and audio encoding settings, just click the “Settings” button to customize these settings. You can adjust the output video/audio resolution, frame rate, bit rate, etc. to customize the output files to get the best quality you want.
After all the necessary settings, simply hit the Convert button on bottom of the main windows and the conversion from Sony a7 IV MP4 to Final Cut Pro will begin immediately.
When the conversion is finished, you can click “Open” button to get the generated MOV files effortlessly. Launch Final Cut Pro on your Mac, load the converted Sony a7 IV MP4 files in it for further editing.