Sony has launched the first consumer camcorder to shoot 4K (Ultra HD) footage- the Sony PXW-X500.it can handle 4K/30p and 24p, or you can record at 1080/60p. With every new camera, come many new questions about the workflow. In this article, we will talk about Sony PXW-X500 XAVC to FCP, Adobe Premiere Pro and Avid Media Composer workflow. If you meet some importing issues, just read on to get some tips.
The Sony PXW-X500 supports XAVC, MPEG2, and MPEG4 codecs, recording to SxS or SD media cards. It features 3G-SDI, HDMI, and Composite video outputs, allowing you to incorporate the camcorder into most production pathways, and the camera’s built-in wireless slot accepts your compatible wireless receiver. Built into the side of the camcorder is a flip-out LCD viewscreen that displays battery capacity, media capacity, audio levels, and you can check camera playback on the camera. The camera incorporates a variety of professional features including Sony’s slow and quick motion, picture cache recording, built-in GPS, a digital extender, and HyperGamma.
Sony PXW-X500′s XAVC codec video is MP4 format and it is still not so popular and widely supported by the usual video editors including Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro, etc. To solve the problem, it will be better to transcode Sony PXW-X500 XAVC to a more “edit” friendly codec.
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To achieve the goal, UFUWare HD Converter for Mac is highly recommended here. The program is an easy-to-use yet professional Sony XAVC Converter for Mac. It’s able to convert XAVC files from Sony PXW-X500 to Mac fully compatible format and keep original quality at the mean while. This software can export ProRes for Final Cut Pro, Apple InterMedaite Codec(AIC) for iMovie/FCE, DNxHD for Avid Media Composer, MPEG-2 for Adobe Premiere Pro and more NLE systems for native editing. If meet the XAVC codec issues on Windows PC, please get UFUWare Video Converter to solve the problem. Download the software and follow the guide to convert and edit Sony PXW-X500 files on Mac.
How to Convert and Import Sony PXW-X500 footage to Avid, FCP and Premiere
1. Install and launch the Sony XAVC Converter Mac. Click Add button to load Sony PXW-X500 footage for converting.
2. Click on the “Format” bar and choose a best editable format.
a. Select Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov) as the output format for Final Cut Pro.
b. To convert Sony XAVC to Avid Media Composer, choose Avid Media Composer -> Avid DNxHD (*.mov) as the target format.
c. Choose Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas –> MPEG-2(*.mpg) as output format for editing XAVC in Adobe with natively supported video codec.
3. You also can click “Settings” to set video frame rate, video size and Video Bitrate as you want.
4. As soon as all things are finished, please click “Convert” button to start the Sony PXW-X500 XAVC Mac conversion.
Once the conversion process shows 100%, you can easily import the converted files to Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer with smooth workflow.