If you"ve got a Sony Full Frame Mirrorless Camera like A7R II, the 4K XAVC S format will not be an unfamiliar for you.The only problem usually occurred during the editing process. 4K XAVC S still cannot fully supported by some video editors like FCP X can't ingest MP4 video from Sony A7R II directly. In this article, I will share the Sony A7R II to FCP X workflow with you.
About Sony A7R II
The aptly-named Sony A7R II shares the much-improved ergonomic redesign introduced by its A7 II sibling, as well as presenting a whole host of new features and technology aimed at providing the utmost in image and video quality as well as performance. The Sony A7 II is a more matured, more well-rounded camera and therefore an even more enticing option for those wanting full-frame image quality but not a full-frame DSLR-sized camera. Like the A7S before it, the A7R II is able to capture ultra-high-resolution 4K video (3840 x 2160), however, unlike the "S" model, it can record 4K video internally to the memory card. The A7R II makes use of Sony's higher bitrate XAVC S file format, which supports 4K bitrates up to 100Mbps.
Can we import and edit SonyA7RII XAVC S in FCP X?
We can't import and edit 4K XAVC S in FCP X directly. As we all know, Apple ProRes is the codec that Final Cut Pro natively recognizes. So the problem can easily turn to be how to convert Sony A7R II XAVC S footage to ProRes MOV for edting in Final Cut Pro (FCP X, FCP 7, FCP 6). After the XAVC S to ProRes MOV conversion, you can directly import and edit the 100Mbps XAVC S files in FCP X without any importing problems and need not to search for the latest Sony XAVC S Plug-ins or wait for the release of the suitable one.
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How to convert Sony A7R II XAVC S to ProRes MOV for FCP X on Mac?
Import Sony A7R II footage
Run the Sony A7R II XAVC S to FCP X converter, and click the "Add" button to load A7R II 4K videos for conversion. If you would like to join all the selected files together, please click "Settings" button then check the box of "Merge into one".
Choose ProRes MOV as output format
Click "Format" bar to determine output format. The Sony A7R II Video Converter offers particular output formats for Final Cut Pro (FCP X, FCP 7, FCP 6). Just click the format bar and choose "Final Cut Pro -> Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)". If you like, you can choose ProRes 4444 MOV here.
Tip 1: Settings
You can click "Settings" if you'd like to customize advanced audio and video parameters like video Codec, aspect ratio, bit rate, frame rate, Audio codec, sampling rate, bit rate, channels.
Tip 2: Output format for iMovie and Premiere Pro
For editing Sony A7R II XAVC S video in iMovie, you need choose "iMovie and Final Cut Express" > "iMovie (AIC) (*.mov)".
For importing Sony A7R II 4K footage into Premiere Pro CS5/CS6/CC, Sony A7R II Video Converter can convert XAVC S to WMV/MOV/MPG for you. You can get Premiere Pro profiles in "Editing Software" category.
Convert Sony A7R II 4K video on Mac
Click the "Convert" button below the preview window, and the conversion from Sony A7R II XAVC S to ProRes MOV for FCP X starts immediately.
After the conversion is finished, just run Final Cut Pro and import the converted Sony A7R II 4K videos for editing. You will find the output video work perfectly on FCP X/7/6.