I have been shooting some MP4 files using the Sony RX10 II for various output purposes. When I use log and transfer to import the Sony RX10 II XAVC S videos into FCP X, I can't preview the video in the preview window. How to slove this problem? Is it possible to edit XAVC S video in FCP X without rendering? Which format is the best for editing in Fina Cut Pro?
The Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II Digital Camera from Sony is a compact, You can record UHD 4K XAVC S format thanks to a high-speed front-end LSI which processes the data with full pixel readout with no line skipping or pixel binning. The XAVC S format allows for high-bitrate shooting up to 100 Mbps. However, the problem that filmmaker considered is that how to make these outstanding 4K MP4 footage from Sony RX10 II into Final Cut Pro or other NLEs for editing smoothly. Now this article will offer you tips and tricks for importing 4K MP4 files to Final Cut Pro.
Two ways to import Sony RX10 II 4K video in to Final Cut Pro
Method one: Before importing Sony RX10 II XAVC S files into FCP, verify that Pro Video Formats is installed on your system. Check for software updates and, if necessary, install the latest Pro Video Formats. This is a good way to import RX10 II video into the Final Cut Pro. But you will find that XAVC S format isn’t a good editing format for FCP during the editing process. You will cost you a lot of time on rendering, and you can’t preview the video well.
Method Two: As we know, XAVC S (*.mp4) format is efficient but it is not ideal for editing, which isn't engineered to maintain quality during complex post production effects processing. To enable the Sony RX10 II owners have smooth editing work with the XAVC S clips in Apple Final Cut Pro, we suggest you to convert XAVC S from Sony RX10 II to a more "edit" friendly codec. Acrok Video Converter Ultimate for Mac is the big help.
This software is an easy-to-use yet professional Sony XAVC S Converter for Mac. With it, you can effortlessly encode XAVC S recordings shot from Sony RX10 II for smoothly importing and editing in various non-linear editing systems (NLE), including FCP(X, 7, 6), Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, iMovie and more. Don't hesitate to download the program and learn the step-by-step tutorial.
Below is the guide mainly showing you how to convert Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II 4K XAVC S video to Apple ProRes 422 for FCP X via Acrok HD Video Converter for Mac. The MacXAVC S Vdieo Converter is powerful to transcode any video to Apple ProRes codec for use in FCP X, FCP 7 and FCP 6, such as convert MXF, MKV, AVI, MTS and more to ProRes without quality loss.
Converting Sony RX10 II XAVC S to FCP ProRes format
Add XAVC S videos
Run the XAVC S to ProRes Converter program. Drag and drop the Sony RX10 II XAVC S files to the program. You can also hit Add files button to import videos to the app for converting.
Choose FCP preferable format
Click "Format" pull down list to select Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov) as the best video format for FCP X, FCP 7 or FCP 6. ProRes 4444 MOV formats is the good choice as well. If you're a Adobe Pro Premiere user, and you're going to edit the Sony FDR-AX1 XAVC S video in Premiere Pro CC, CS6, CS5 or CS4, you can go to Editing Software category the Adobe program supported profiles.
Start XAVC S to ProRes conversion
Hit the convert button, it will start converting Sony RX10 II XAVC S to ProRes for loading to Final Cut Pro immediately. Soon after the conversion, just click "Open" button to get the generated files for natively editing in FCP X, FCP 7 and FCP 6.