The Sony Handycam FDR-AX33 is a 4K-capable camcorder featuring 12x optical zoom and internal image stabilization for clear, steady videos. At its best quality, it records UHD, aka QFHD, in 2160/30p or 24p at 100Mbps with the XAVC S codec to a UHS-I U3 or better SD card. More prosaic features include a 10X zoom 29.8-298mm f1.8-3.4 Zeiss lens, though sadly one of the features Sony considers a "step-up" to the AX100 is a built-in neutral density filter. The AX33's design and handling characteristics make it portable and user-friendly. This is a 4K Handycam that your mom or dad could pick up and use, no BA in Filmmaking required.
To capture 3840 x 2160 resolution, the AX1 uses Sony's new XAVC-S format, which I think will dominate 4K acquisition for the consumer and prosumer market. XAVC-S employs a more efficient MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 Long GOP compression with an MP4 wrapper. XAVC S is a fairly efficient codec, enabling a rate of around 1 hour of 4K footage for every 32GBs of XQD flash storage. For comparison's sake, we've been told that a 64GB card using Sony's full XAVC 4K codec will only manage around 15 minutes of footage at 60p. Of course, XAVC nets you full 4-2-2 chroma subsampling, while XAVC S is limited to 4-2-0.
The footage shot onto a Memory Stick PRO Duo and SD/SDHC/SDXC card in 4K resolution with Sony FDR-AX33, are normally saved as MP4 files. These files, usually known as XAVC S file for short, are not naturally supported by most media players and editors. When importing the Sony FDR-AX33 footage for playing back or editing, you probably will get an error message. Here I would like to share with you Acrok XAVC File Converter, a video trans-coding tool to help you solve the incompatibility issues. With this application you can convert XAVC S to MOV, convert XAVC S to AVI, and various other video formats easily. Audio track can be extracted for collection too.
Note: You may download the trial version of the Acrok HD Video Converter and give it a shoot. There is not any time limitation, but please note that the trial converts video with a Acrok logo watermark on the screen.
Here, please let me show you how to convert Sony FDR-AX33 XAVC S video for Final Cut Pro X importing on Mac.
How to import Sony FDR-AX33 XAVC 4K video into FCP X on Mac?
Import video to the powerful XAVC S Converter
Run the Acrok HD Video Converter for Mac as the best Sony FDR-AX33 4K XAVC S to FCP X editable video conversion software, click "Add file” or "Add Folder” icon and browse to the 4K footage you’d like to convert, click "OK” to confirm.
When the AX33 4K XAVC S files are loaded to the program, you can view the videos from the Preview window. Simply select an item and click the "Play” button. When the video is playing, you may take snapshoot when it plays to your favorable frame by clicking the "Snapshoot” button.
Choose Output Video Format
The Acrok XAVC S Converter is capable of converting XAVC S files recorded on a SD card to any format. Since we are talking about converting Sony FDR-AX33 video to FCP X editable video, what you need to do is clicking on the "Format” bar and select desired format from the profile list. There are several Final Cut Pro presets, they are encoded in different codecs like Apple ProRes 422 and Apple ProRes 4444, you can select one as target.
Tip: Before conversion, you can adjust the video and audio parameter by clicking "Settings". Click "Edit", you can trim, crop the video on Mac. For getting 3D videos, this Sony FDR-AX33 to FCP X/7/6 Converter can add 3D effect onto any video.
Start Video Conversion
Click "Convert” to start converting Sony FDR-AX33 4K XAVC S to ProRes MOV format when everything’s ready. The Acrok HD Video Converter supports batch conversion so you may load multiple XAVC S files and convert them to FCP X Apple ProRes codec video at one time. You may also merge them to one file by checking the box "Merge” before conversion starting.
Edit Sony FDR-AX33 4K video in FCP
After conversion you may click "Open” button to find generated MOV files and use them freely. Run Final Cut Pro on your Mac, import and edit the ProRes video in FCP X/7/6 now.