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How to Work with Sony HDR-CX440 XAVC S Videos in FCP X?

Posted by on Tuesday, 28 July, 2015

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Make XAVC S Footage Compatible with FCP X

Posted by on Thursday, 12 March, 2015

Since the 4K movie and camera have got their momentum through all the way, but progress is so rapid in the video industry that the simple fact is 4K wasn’t covered well by existing formats. XAVC S is pretty much new while the existing NLEs may not handle it very well.

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XAVC S codec is a new codec, it is released by Sony. Now, more and more Sony cameras can record videos in XAVC S codec, you can get high quality videos with this codec, it is easy to get vivid 4K and 1080p videos with XAVC S codec. But, as a new codec, many players and editing programs can’t support it well, such as FCP X. Many users have problems when they want to import XAVC S files to FCP X or other programs, now in this article we will share the best solution with you to import XAVC S to FCP X.

“Can anyone help me to load XAVC S to FCP X? Several days ago, I bought a Sony camcorder, it can help me to record 4k and 1080p files with XAVC S, when I try to load the recorded files to Final Cut Pro X, only to find that the XAVC S files can’t be supported by FCP X, so I guess XAVC S is not compatible with final cut, so can you share a method with me? I need to edit XAVC S files with FCP X in a hurry.”
Tips: FCP supported video formats

If you have bought a camera that can record XAVC S files, you may also have encountered the problem of importing XAVC S to FCP X like the question showed above. On the editing forums, many users are complaining the XAVC S videos not compatible with FCP X. You can depend on Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac.

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Tutorial on converting XAVC S footage to FCP X:

Step 1: Launch the XAVC S Converter on your Mac, and then click the “Add video” button to import your XAVC S files directly. In order to import several files at one time, you can click “Add from folder” button.

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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.

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Tips: Apple ProRes 422 and Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) have higher qualities. Apple ProRes 422 (LT) and Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy) have smaller sizes. You can choose according to your requirement.

Step 3: Press the “Settings” icon and you’d better set the video frame rate as 30fps, video size as 1920*1080 for editing XAVC S footage in FCP X easily.

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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 editing XAVC S files in Final Cut Pro X with light speed.

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