Summary: Follow the below guide you can Convert Sony PXW-X180 XAVC/AVCHD files to Final Cut Pro,Avid,Premiere compatible format easily with the help from XAVC/AVCHD Video Converter Mac.
Sony PXW-X180 is one of the hot 4K camera, which can record Full HD XAVC Intra and XAVC Long GOP, as well as MPEG HD 422 50 Mbps(MXF), MPEG HD 420 35 Mbps, AVCHD and DV. If you are seeking for a new Sony camcorder, it would be a nice choice. While, with every new camera, come many new questions about workflow. Here I will talk about Sony PXW-X180 to FCP,Avid,Premiere workflow.
If you shot videos with Sony PXW-X180 used XAVC format unveiled by Sony, there will be some issues when importing and editing the XAVC,AVCHD MTS videos in FCP,Avid,Premiere. And as I know XAVC is a new recording format which can support 4K resolution (4096 * 2160 and 3840 * 2160) at up to 60 fps. However, XAVC is still not so popular and widely used. So when you deal with the PXW-X180 XAVC/AVCHD video in FCP, Avid, Premiere or other Mac tools FCE, Adobe Premiere Pro, etc, you may encounter some format incompatibility issue. This article is written to help Sony PXW-X180 users to solve such kind of problems.
First all of, you can get UFUWare HD Video Converter for Mac, which is an easy-to-use yet professional XAVC Converter for Mac(Mountain Lion, Mavericks,Yosemite included). With it, you can effortlessly transcode Sony’s new XAVC codec to Final Cut Pro fully compatible format and keep original quality at mean while. This software can export ProRes for Final Cut Pro, Apple InterMedaite Codec(AIC) for iMovie, FCE, DNxHD for Avid Media Composer and more NLE systems for native editing. Here is an easy and efficient solution for you.
Supported OS: Mac OS X 10.5, 10.6, 10.7, 10.8, 10.9,10.10;
Converting Sony PXW-X180 video to FCP,Avid,Premiere friendly format on Mac
Step 1: Load XAVC clips
Run the Sony XAVC/AVCHD to FCP Converter and click “Add file” or “Add from folder” button, browse to the XAVC,AVCHD footages and load them to the converter for conversion. You can check the “Merge into one” box to join several XAVC,MTS files together.
Step 2: Choose a proper output format
You just need to go to Final Cut Pro column by choosing “Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) (*.mov)” as best video format for editing Sony XAVC/AVCHD in Final Cut Pro,Avid,Premiere with good video quality.
Tip: Click “Settings” button if you’d like to customize advanced audio and video parameters like Video Codec, aspect ratio, bit rate, frame rate, Audio codec, sample rate, audio channels.
Step 3: Start converting Sony PXW-X180 XAVC to Avid/Premiere/FCP X
When you finish all settings, hit “Convert” button to start XAVC/AVCHD Mac conversion. You can follow the conversion process from the pop-up windows.
After the conversion, it will be easy for you to import Sony PXW-X180 footage into Final Cut Pro 6/7/X for editing or do whatever you want with the converted XAVC/AVCHD footages on Mac OS X.
Additional Tip: More than FCP, you can also easily convert Sony PXW-X180 XAVC/AVCHD as well we MTS/MXF/DV to iMovie, Avid, FC, Premiere Pro, etc with UFUWare Video Converter for Mac.