If you"ve got a Sony XDCAM camcorder like PDW-850, the MPEG HD MXF format will not be an unfamiliar for you.The only problem usually occurred during the editing process. MPEG HD MXF still cannot fully supported by some video editors like FCP X can't ingest MXF video from Sony PDW-850 directly. In this article, I will share the Sony PDW-850 to FCP X workflow with you.
About Sony PDW-850
The Sony PDW-850 equipped with the latest Power HAD FX CCD sensors and records HD and SD formats including MPEG HD 422 50 Mbps on to ready-to-archive and robust Professional Disc media with a high sensitivity of F12 at 50i and an excellent signal-to-noise ratio of 62dB.
PDW-850 users can select a recording format from HD to SD. The professional camcorder records MPEG HD 422 at 50 Mbps at 1080/59.94i/29/97p/50i/25p/23.98p and 720/59.94p/50p. It also records MPEG HD 420 at 35 Mbps and 25 Mbps at 1080/59.94i/29/97p/50i/25p/23.98p and 720/59.94p/50p. SD formats include MPEG IMX 50 Mbps and DVCAM 25 Mbps. It records the most popular broadcast MXF formats.
Can we import and edit Sony PDW-850 MXF video in FCP X?
We can't import and edit MPEG HD MXF 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 PDW-850 MXF footage to ProRes MOV for edting in Final Cut Pro (FCP X, FCP 7, FCP 6). After the MXF to ProRes MOV conversion, you can directly import and edit the MPEG HD 422/MPEG HD 420 MXF files in FCP X without any importing problems and need not to search for the latest Sony MXF Plug-ins or wait for the release of the suitable one.
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How to convert Sony PDW-850 MXF to ProRes MOV for FCP X on Mac?
Import Sony PDW-850 MXF footage
Run the Sony PDW-850 MXF to FCP X converter, and click the "Add" button to load PDW-850 .mxf 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 PDW-850 offers particular output formats for Final Cut Pro (FCP X, FCP 7, FCP 6). Just click the format bar and choose "AFinal 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 PDW-850 MXF video in iMovie, you need choose "iMovie and Final Cut Express" > "iMovie (AIC) (*.mov)".
For importing Sony PDW-850 MXF video into Premiere Pro CS5/CS6/CC, Sony PDW-850 MXF Converter can convert MXF to WMV/MOV/MPG for you. You can get Premiere Pro profiles in "Editing Software" category.
Convert Sony PDW-850 MXF on Mac
Click the "Convert" button below the preview window, and the conversion from Sony PDW-850 MXF to ProRes MOV for FCP X starts immediately.
After the conversion is finished, just run Final Cut Pro and import the converted PDW-850 MXF videos for editing. You will find the output video work perfectly on FCP X/7/6.