Edit Sony A9 4K XAVC S videos in FCP X

Import Sony A9 XAVC S video into FCP X for editing

High-resolution 4K movie recording
Shooting video with mirrorless cameras -- especially the Sonys -- is such a better experience than using a dSLR. You have live view with the ability to see color and exposure in the viewfinder; you can actually use the viewfinder for video! Capture outstanding high-quality 4K movies (XAVC S) with this latest full-frame camera. Full-pixel readout without pixel binning for high-resolution 4K movies makes it possible to deliver detail-rich full-frame movies via the oversampling effect achieved by condensing approximately 2.4 times the amount of data required for 4K (6K equivalent) for 4K output (QFHD: 3840 x 2160). Furthermore, the high speed of the newly developed image sensor reduces the rolling shutter effect.

Import Sony A9 XAVC S video into FCP X for editing

Apple Final Cut Pro X 10.3.2 is now available. This release debuts the most powerful set of features since the launch of Final Cut Pro X. It starts with a redesigned interface that puts the focus on your video. The Magnetic Timeline 2 adds automatic color coding and groundbreaking new ways to display your timeline based on roles. And Final Cut Pro now supports wide color workflows and the Touch Bar, making it the ultimate way to edit on the new MacBook Pro.

However, we still found some guys have trouble in editing Sony A9 4K footage with this Final Cut Pro X from Google. Although Apple announced that XAVC S is supported natively in FCP X, and mostly the software allows you to import Sony A9 4K MP4 (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264) to FCP X and edit them, the recordings may hop back and forth when you play them. Why should this happen?

Let me explain it. Firstly, you need to learn a bit about the XAVC S format. Sony's XAVC-S is very efficient compressed video formats, enabling high quality video encoding in low to intermediate bit-rates and small file sizes. XAVC-S is based on the H.264 codec with uncompressed LPCM audio. H.264 encoded XAVC S video is highly compressed, good for transporting, but poor for editing. By the way, in order to play Sony A9 4K XAVC S videos smoothly, your processor must be very powerful. In a word, if you want to make a short film from XAVC S footage with FCP X and prefer fluent playback, an XAVC S to FCP X Converter definitely helps.

Here, we strongly recommend you an efficient and powerful XAVC S Converter and 4K Video Converter - Acrok HD Video Converter for Mac. This program converts XAVC S files from Sony cameras/cameras to editable formats like Apple ProRes 422/Apple ProRes 4444 and obtain HD quality for the FCP X, FCP 7 and FCP 6. With it, you can also convert any video such as MXF, MTS, MOV footage to popular video format like MOV, M4V, AVI, WMV, MP4, MKV, etc. Once the conversion is done, you can edit Sony A9 XAVC S videos in FCP X/7/6 without any issue.

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How to Convert Sony A9 XAVC S files to Apple ProRes video for FCP X?

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Load 4K XAVC S files

Downloaded and installed the Apple ProRes Converter, launch it. Click "Add Files" icon to load your Sony A9 videos. Alternatively, drag & drop the files into the program directly. If you want to combine multiple .mp4  files to be a single file, just need to select the files and click "Settings" button then check "Merge all files into one" option.

Sony A9 Video Converter-convert XAVC S files for FCP X


Select Apple ProRes codec profile

Click the "Format" to choose FCP X supported format. Navigate to "Final Cut Pro". Here, you can choose the Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov) or Apple ProRes 4444(*.mov) as output format. The ProRes is the most compatible codec with Final Cut Pro.You can also set the output folder by clicking "Browse" icon as you prefer.

Transcode Sony A9 video to Apple ProRes MOV for Final Cut Pro X


Start to convert Sony A9 4K files

Click the "Convert" button on the right-bottom. It will begin to transcode Sony A9 XAVC S videos to suitable format for FCP X. After the conversion, you can get the re-encoded videos for Final Cut Pro X from the output folder effortlessly.

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