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01-15-2014, 06:23 AM
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Now 4k camcorders become more and more popular. Sony seems show the lasting enthusiasm to keep on announcing 4K cameras. For instance, using Sony’s XAVC recording format that first employed in PMW-F55 CineAlta 4K camera, Sony PXW-Z100 adopts MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 compression for HD (1920×1080), QFHD (3840×2016) and 4K (4096×2160) content. Future upgrades are planned for 2014 to support AVCHD codec recording. So here is a problem. How to edit PXW-Z100 XAVC/AVCHD in FCP 7?

Since the XAVC/AVCHD format can't be supported well by most video editing programs on Mac, a suggestion is to convert PXW-Z100 XAVC/AVCHD to ProRes for easily editing in FCP 7. Here introduces Aunsoft iMedia Converter for Mac. As we know, camcorders formats become multiple for the new cameras continuously come out, from the TOD, MOD and MOV to AVCHD, MXF, etc. Some camcorders can even support multiple recording formats. For instance, Sony 4k cameras, such as F65, PMW-F55/F5 and NEX-FS700 also records in MXF format. So a single format supported converter seems a little less power. More than a XAVC/AVCHD to FCP converter, iMedia Converter for Mac is also can convert MXF/MOV/MP4/MOD/TOD to FCP, iMovie, FCE, Avid, Adobe Premiere, etc on Mac.

Below is a step-to-step tutorial to convert PXW-Z100 XAVC/AVCHD to ProRes for FCP 7. Hope it is helpful.

Step 1: Import

Click "add video" or "add folder" to load Sony PXW-Z100 XAVC/AVCHD. You can also directly drag files to the program. The program supports batch conversion and allows you capture images.

Check the "Merge into one" box to merge all clips into one big file.

Step 2: Select export format

Click the "format" and choose the "Final Cut Pro -> Apple ProRes 422 HQ (*.mov)" Here ProRes 422 HQ is recommended here.

ProRes 422, ProRes 422 LT, ProRes 422 Proxy and ProRes 4444 are also available for different needs. For instance, in most circumstances, ProRes 422 HQ is sufficient. But if you are planning to do heavy grading or VFX work from the ProRes, converting XAVC/AVCHD to ProRes 4444 is desirable.

Step 3: Transcoding settings (Optional)

Click the "Settings" button to adjust output profile settings. Here your can adjust bitrates, encode, frame rate, resolution, aspect ratio, sample rate, channels, etc.

Step 4: Conversion

Click "Conversion" icon and the Sony PXW-Z100 XAVC/AVCHD to FCP 7 Converter will run at ultrafast speed. With just a click on "Open output folder", you can locate the export converted and merged ProRes MOV easily.

Part 2: Transfer PXW-Z100 XAVC/AVCHD to FCP 7

To import the transcoded files into Final Cut Pro 7, simply navigate to File > Import > Files and select the converted clips. Alternately you can simply drag and drop the files into your “Bin.” Note that this process using Compresor replaces the need to "Log and Transfer" as you would with typical camcorders.

01-28-2014, 05:30 PM
Sony NEX-FS100 is the latest addition to the company’s NXCAM line-up of broadcast-standard camcorders. It features an Exmor CMOS sensor in what the company describes as Super35 format (essentially the same size as the APS-C sensors seen in existing E-mount cameras). It records 1080p Full HD videos at various frame rates depending on region (60, 30 and 24fps in NTSC countries, 50 and 25 in PAL) at bitrates of up to 28Mbps. With the 1080/50p, 1080/60p video recording AVCHD file, you may face problem when trying to Log & Transfer the camera videos to Final Cut Pro 6/7/X and Final Cut Express 4.

So the program you need is a great Mac AVCHD to Final Cut Converter. With it, you can convert Sony NEX-FS100 1080 60p/50p AVCHD files to Apple ProRes 422 for editing with Final Cut Pro 6/7, Final Cut Pro X, Final Cut Express 4 on Mac without losing quality or rendering. Some may find the output video with Prores codec size is pretty large that it takes a lot of spaces. The conversion from AVCHD to ProRes would be a long process too, so they want to convert Sony AVCHD to H.264 MOV for editing with FCP or FCE at fast speed. So this article will help you converting Sony NEX-FS100 MTS to ProRes 422 MOV or H.264 MOV with ease.

Below is the step-by-step guide for you to quickly convert 1080/60p AVCHD to ProRes 422 MOV or H.264 MOV for editing in Final Cut Pro 6/7/X or FCE on Mac Mountain Lion, Lion, Snow Leopard or Leopard.

Step 1. Download Sony FS100 files to Apple computer.

Connect Sony NEX-FS100 camera to Apple computer via USB cable, find the .mts files from the camera folder like PRIVATE > AVCHD > BDMV > STREAM. Then copy and transfer the .mts files from camera to the Apple hard drive disk.

Step 2. Import Sony FS100 files to AVCHD Converter for Mac.

Run AVCHD Converter for Mac from UFUSoft as the best Mac AVCHD converter for Sony NEX-FS100, and click the “Add” button to load AVCHD .mts videos. You may also directly drag and drop the AVCHD video to application UI for importing files.

Step 3. Choose MOV output format.

Click the “Format” option and navigate the mouse cursor to Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422(*.mov) or HD Video > HD QuickTime Video(*.mov) as output format. The Mac DSLR video converter will convert NEX-FS100 1080/60p AVCHD to MOV with 1920×1080 resolution and ProRes 422 or H.264 as video codec.

Step 4. Convert Sony 1080/60p AVCHD video to MOV for FCP 6/7/X or FCE 4.

Click the convert button under the preview window, and the Mac Sony video converter will start the conversion from Sony NEX-FS100 AVCHD to MOV for Final Cut Pro 6/7/X or Final Cut Express 4. After the conversion, you can easily Import Sony DSLR NEX-FS100 video to Final Cut for editing with best quality.

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