After getting some 4K material from Sony PXW-Z150, you will research possible workflows in NLEs for smooth editing. In this article, we will outline how to import 4K .mxf to Final Cut Pro.
Sony have launched their latest XDCAM professional camcorder last month, the Sony PXW-Z150. The 1.0-type stacked CMOS sensor is the first of its kind for a pro camcorder that Sony claims delivers “stunning” images. While, if we want to import and edit Sony PXW-Z150 4K XAVC footage in Final Cut Pro (FCP X, FCP 7, FCP 6), the result may let you down- these popular video editing programs won’t open the 4K videos from Sony PXW-Z150 correctly. So, what’s the solution?
Actually, XAVC encoded MXF file format from Sony PXW-Z150 is beyond the compatibility of Final Cut Pro. What’s more, handling 4K videos in FCP is usually hardware intensive. What’s more, the older version NLEs like FCP 7 and FCP 6 are not able to support 4K video. Thus, you can’t get a flawless 4K workflow in most cases. To solve the problem, you need to convert XAVC files to Final Cut Pro most compatible format with proper video settings. As we know, Apple ProRes is the Final Cut Pro native editing codec, and Final Cut Pro can edit this codec video without rendering, so you just need to transcode XAVC to Apple ProRes via an video converting program.
There are numbered tools and utilities can convert and compress the 4K, 2K and Full HD videos, few of them can process at a fast speed. Acrok XAVC Converter is considered to be the best Sony 4K video converting tool. It can help you to convert Sony PXW-Z150 XAVC files to Final Cut Pro compatible format. Plus, it is surely in the support of compressing Sony PXW-Z150 4K videos to 1080p faultlessly. Download it and learn the step-by-step tutorial.
Free download Sony PXW-Z150 Video Converter
How to convert Sony PXW-Z150 4K XAVC for Final Cut Pro X?
Launch the Sony Video Converter and click add button to import Sony PXW-Z150 4k clips to the program for converting.
Choose output format
Click “Format” bar to choose the output format. You can freely choose Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov) for editing Sony PXW-Z150 XAVC videos in Final Cut Pro (FCP X, FCP 7, FCP 6).
Hit the Convert button to start the conversion; it will convert Sony PXW-Z150 4K XAVC to FCP friendly format on Mac OS X. After the conversion, click the Open button to get the converted Sony PXW-Z150 footage, now you can edit Sony PXW-Z150 recordings in Final Cut Pro smoothly.