We can’t import Sony FX30 4K MP4 videos to Final Cut Pro and Premiere Pro directly due to the codec incompatiblity. To fix the problem, we need to convert FX30 4K MP4 to ProRes and MPEG-2 codec, which ensure the best results whe working with the editing software.
The Sony FX30 is an Super35 / APS-C video camera aimed at small-scale video and social media production. It’s essentially a 26MP APS-C version of the FX3, and promises high-end production values at a more attainable price. The headline feature of the camera is that it’s a Micro Four Thirds camera that can shoot 4K video in MP4 format for under $2000. The sensor takes its UHD 4K footage from a 6K crop of its 6.2K-wide sensor, meaning there’s a slight 1.04x crop. If you recorded some 4K videos by the Sony FX30, you may like editing them in Final Cut Pro or Premiere Pro. Though the latest Final Cut Pro 10.6.4 claims that it supports 4K XAVC HS MP4 format, you still encounter problems editing Sony FX30 4K MP4 files in Final Cut Pro, let alone the older version. Many Adobe Premiere Pro users will also encounter similar problems.
The FCP and Premiere Pro work with 4K as MOV, MP4 or MXF natively, if the PC is sufficiently pwoerful. In fact, the major of work is still being finished in 1080p and the most compatible codec for Final Cut Pro is ProRes, for Premiere Pro is MPEG-2. Therefore, you’ll need to downscale and convert Sony FX30 MP4 (XAVC HS, XAVC S-I and XAVC S) to ProRes/MPEG-2 files for smoothly editing.
Actually, it’s not as difficult as you imagine. What you need is just a common 4K video converter like Acrok Video Converter Utimate. By running it, there is no need to to set the codec yourselft, the program has an optimized preset for many powerful editing software. With it, you can easily transcode FX30 4K to compatible codec for editing in Final Cut Pro and Premiere Pro beautifully. Here is how to do it.
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How to convert and import Sony FX30 MP4 for editing in Final Cut Pro/Premiere Pro
Load FX30 MP4 videos
Install and run the MP4 to Final cut Pro/Premiere Pro Converter. Drag and drop the 4K XAVC HS, XAVC S-I and XAVC S files from Sony FX30 to the software. It supports batch conversion and joining multiple video clips into one file.
Select output format
On Windows PC, click “Format” box and move mouse cursor to “Editing Software”, select “Adobe MPEG-2” as the output format. For Final Cut Pro user, please select Apple ProRes 422 MOV under Final Cut Pro category. The output video will keep the original quality of MP4 videos and seamlessly fit Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro.
For Mac users, please select Appe ProRes MOV format under Final Cut Pro category.
Tip: If the default settings do not fit you requirement, you can click “Settings” icon to adjust video size, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channels.
Start the conversion
When all settings are ready, click the Convert button to start converting your Sony FX30 MP4 videos to MPEG-2 or Apple ProRes codec. The progress bar will show how much time is needed.
After the conversion, click Open to get the output videos. reate a project, make an event, drag the files to the event folder and start editing with light speed in Final Cut Pro and Premiere Pro.