Summary: Wanna import Sony HDR-CX440 XAVC S to FCP X? This guide will teach you how to get HDR-CX440 XAVC S videos editable in FCP X without any issue.
The Sony HDR-CX440 HD Handycam, with 8GB Internal Memory features an Exmor R CMOS sensor and a wide-angle Carl Zeiss zoom lens with 30x optical zoom. The Sony HDR-CX440 captures Full HD 1920*1080 video at 60p and 9.2MP still images to its 8GB of internal memory or to optional media cards. The Sony CX440 records using XAVC S codec (up to 50 Mb/s) and features dual recording, which lets you simultaneously capture both high-quality AVCHD and web-optimized MP4 files.
You may have got the Sony HDR-CX440 camera, recorded some full-HD footages in XAVC S format, and wanted to import the XAVC S recordings to FCP X for editing. But you will encountered problems when importing Sony CX440 XAVC S files to FCP X. Why the problems occur? Sony XAVC S is the latest high definition format introduced by Sony–is not supported by Final Cut Pro so far. To import Sony HDR-CX440 XAVC S videos to FCP X for editing without issues, the best solution is to convert Sony CX440 XAVC S to FCP X supported format.
Some main files formats recommended for Final Cut Pro:
Video Formats: Apple Animation codec, Apple Intermediate codec, Apple ProRes(all versions), AVC-intra, AVCHD (including AVCCAM, AVCHD Lite, and NXCAM), DV (including DVCAM, DVCPRO, and DVCPRO50), DVCPRO HD, H.264, HDV, iFrame, Motion JPEG(OpenDML only), MPEG IMX(D-10), REDCODE RAW (R3D), Uncompressed 10-bit 4:2:2, Uncompressed 8-bit 4:2:2, XAVC, XDCAM HD/EX/HD422, QuickTime formats.
Audio Formats: AAC, AIFF, BWF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV
Container format: 3GP, AVI, MP4, MXF, QuickTime
Still-image formats: BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, PSD, RAW, TGA, TIFF
Since, Apple ProRes is the most compatible codec for FCP X, so if we want to edit Sony HDR-CX440 XAVC S in FCP X, it is necessary to convert those already shot XAVC S files to ProRes .mov using third-party software. Here, you can depend on Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac (review). With this best program, besides FCP X, it can also export DNxHD for Avid MC, MPEG-2 for Adobe Premiere Pro, AIC for iMovie and more for native editing.
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How to work with Sony HDR-CX440 XAVC S videos in FCP X?
Step 1: Launch the HD Video Converter on your Mac, and then click the “Add video” button to import your XAVC S videos from Sony HDR-CX440 directly. In order to import several files at one time, you can click “Add from folder” button.
Step 2: Click the “Format” bar to get the drop-down menu and you can get “Final Cut Pro>>Apple ProRes codec”, including ProRes 422, ProRes 422 (HQ), ProRes 422 (LT), ProRes 422 (Proxy) and ProRes 4444. Choose the proper one you want. Here, we suggest you to choose Apple ProRes 422 .mov as the best output format.
Step 3: Press the “Settings” icon and you’d better set the video frame rate as 30fps, video size as 1920*1080 for editing Sony CX440 XAVC S in FCP X easily.
Step 4: Now, click “Convert” and let it go. The XAVC S to FCP X Converter for Mac supports batch conversion. So if you have lots of XAVC S videos to convert, check “Shut down computer after conversion” and you can go away without keeping an eye on it.
Conclusion: Once the conversion process shows in 100%, click “Open” to get the output videos. Create a project and start Sony HDR-CX440 editing XAVC S videos in FCP X with light speed.
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