Sony professional camcorders PXW-X70, PXW-X160, PXW-X180, PXW-X500 appeal to lots of videographers and film-makers. They are featured with Full HD XAVC Intra and XAVC Long GOP, a new recording format unveiled by Sony. However, users find it’s difficult to import XAVC to Final Cut Pro,Final Cut Express,Avid Media Composer,iMovie,Adobe Premiere Pro or other NLE system. This article focuses on the Sony PXW-X70/X160/X180/X500 to Final Cut Pro,Final Cut Express,Avid Media Composer,iMovie or Adobe Premiere Pro workflow, helping you to outline the best way to work XAVC files in Final Cut Pro,Final Cut Express,Avid Media Composer,iMovie or Adobe Premiere Pro.
As a common sense, XAVC is still not as popular as other kinds of video formats such as AVCHD and MXF, although more and more editing programs upgrade or create some plug-in to make XAVC supported. In order to import the XAVC files from Sony PXW-X70/X160/X180/X500 to FCP 6/7/X,FCE,iMovie 8/9/11,Avid or Premiere for editing, the easy workaround is to transcode Sony XAVC files to FCP,FCE,iMovie,Avid or Premiere compatible video formats. Along with some help from a top XAVC converter like UFUWare HD Converter for Mac, it can be done quickly and easily.
Overall, the program is a professional yet easy-to-use XAVC to FCP,FCE,iMovie,Avid or Premiere Converter on Mac. With it, you can convert Sony PXW-X70, PXW-X160, PXW-X180, PXW-X500 recorded XAVC videos to Adobe Premiere Pro compatible MPEG-2,FCP compatible ProRes MOV,iMovie/FCE compatible AIC MOV or Avid compatible DNxHD MOV video without any quality loss. The equivalent Windows version is UFUWare HD Video Converter, which can encode XAVC files for Windows editing. Just download it and follow the tutorial below to make Sony PXW-X70/X160/X180/X500 XAVC editable in FCP 6/7/X,FCE,iMovie 8/9/11,Avid or Premiere.
Download XAVC to FCP 6/7/X,FCE,iMovie 8/9/11,Avid and Premiere converter:
Supported OS:Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite,10.9 Mavericks, 10.8 Mountain Lion, 10.7 Lion, Snow Leopard 10.6, Leopard 10.5
How to Losslessly Convert Sony XAVC to FCP 6/7/X,FCE,iMovie 8/9/11,Avid and Premiere on Mac
Step 1: Load XAVC footages
Run the XAVC Video Converter for Mac and click “Add file” or “Add from folder” button, browse to the XAVC footages and load them to the application for conversion. You can check the “Merge into one” box to join several XAVC files tighter.
Step 2: Choose a proper output format
Click on “Format” and select “Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas > MPEG-2 (*.mpg)” as output format for Premiere Pro.
Click on “Format” and select “Final Cut Pro > ProRes 422 MOV or ProRes 4444 MOV” as output format for Final Cut Pro 6/7/X.
Click on “Format” and select “Final Cut Express/iMovie > AIC MOV” as output format for FCE.
Click on “Format” and select “Avid Media Composer > DNxHD MOV” as output format for Avid.
Tip: Adjust video resolution, bit rate, frame rate, etc. 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 XAVC to FCP 6/7/X,FCE,iMovie 8/9/11,Avid or Adobe Premiere Pro(CS6/CS5/CS4)
Click the convert button under the preview window; the XAVC converter will start converting XVAC footage from Sony PXW-X70/X160/X180/X500 to FCP ,FCE,iMovie ,Avid and Premiere preferred format immediately.
Soon after the conversion is finished, just click “Open” button to get the generated files for editing in FCP 6/7/X,FCE,iMovie 8/9/11,Avid or Adobe Premiere Pro(CS6/CS5/CS4) perfectly.