How to import and edit Sony F55 video in FCP X?

Convert Sony XAVC video to ProRes MOV for FCP X

Sony introduced one new 4K systems: the PMW-F55. This camera can capture 4096x2160 resolution on a single Super 35mm, 3-perf-format-sized CMOS sensor, and can also capture 4K and 2K RAW footage using Sony's new AXS-R5 recorder. In terms of dynamic range, this camera contain a minimum 14 stops of latitude with very high sensitivity and very low noise. As a professional camera, the price is quite expensive. With Sony F55, you can get 4K, 2K, 1080P and 720P videos. If you plan to edit F55 XAVC files in FCP X, just keep reading.

Edit Sony F55 XAVC video in FCP X

Can I load Sony F55 footage into FCP X on Mac? If you are F55 users, maybe you have this question. The answer is "No". Don't worry about this. This guide will show you two ways to import and edit Sony F55 XAVC recordings in FCP X.

Sony F55 Recordings
Video Recording Format MPEG-2 Long GOP
HD 422 mode: CBR, 50 Mbps max, MPEG-2 422P@HL
Audio Recording Format Linear PCM (2 ch, 24-bit, 48-kHz)
Recording Modes XAVC 4K: 4096 x 2160 at 23.98p, 25p, 29.97p, 50p, 59.94p
XAVC QFHD: 3840 x 2160 at 23.98p, 25p, 29.97p, 50p, 59.94p
XAVC 2K: 2048 x 1920 at 23.98p, 24p, 25p, 29.97p, 50p, 59.94p
XAVC HD: 1920 x 1080 at 23.98p, 25p, 29.97p, 50p, 59.94p
MPEG4 SStP: 1920 x 1080, 23.98p/24p/25p/29.97p
MPEG2 HD: 1920 x 1080 at 50i, 59.94i, 23.98p, 25p, 29.97p
MPEG2 HD: 1280 x 720 at 50p, 59.94p

Way One: Import Sony F55 XAVC videos into FCP X via Sony XAVC Apple FCP X Plugin

Sony has introduced XAVC Apple FCP X plugin for FCP X along with the Sony utility. This plugin allows you to use the log and transfer fuction to edit 4K, 2K and HD videos captured with Sony F55 and Sony F5 camcorders. Start editing Sony F55 XAVC files immediately upon import into Final Cut Pro X, without converting!

You can free download this plugin from Sony Official Website.

Note: This plug-in requires:
- Final Cut Pro X 10.0.8 or higher for XAVC format

If your Final Cut Pro version is lower than 10.0.8, you will can't use this plugin. Install, run, log, transfer... This is a long and painful process. And you can't edit Sony F55 4K/2K files natively. I think this way isn't good for you.

Way Two: Transcode Sony F55 XAVC to ProRes for FCP X

Final Cut Pro is good at editing Apple ProRes codec videos, so another good way to do is to use Sony F55 Video Converter to convert the contour MXF (XAVC codec) files to ProRes MOV on Mac, which is more suitable for editing. Acrok HD Video Converter for Mac can encode F55 XAVC videos to ProRes ensuring maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with Final Cut Pro (FCP X, FCP 7, FCP 6). What's more, it's also a good camcorder assistant for Panasonic, Canon, and JVC camcorders camcorder users, adopt advanced audio and video sync technology. Overall, this Mac Sony F55 to FCP X converter is good at converting 4K/K XAVC to proper codec for NLE on Mac. It can uncompress the clips and makes them easy to edit with Final Cut Pro X, even avoid the rendering time. Plus, with the built-in video editor, you can also choose to trim, crop, add watermark to your original videos. Now just download its free trail version and follow the below guide to convert Sony F55 XAVC files to edit in FCP X smoothly.

How to convert Sony F55 XAVC video for FCP X on Mac?


Add Video

Run Sony F55 to FCP X converter, click "Add files" to import XAVC files into it.

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Choose output format

Click "Format" bar to choose "Final Cut Pro" then "Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)".

Convert Sony F55 XAVC video to ProRes MOV for FCP X. Edit Sony F55 video in FCP X with ProRes codec


Start conversion

Click "Convert" button to start Sony F55 XAVC to ProRes MOV conversion on Mac.

When the conversion is done, click "Open" button to locate the converted files. Now, you can import and edit Sony F55 XAVC videos in FCP X smoothly.

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