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Transcode/Import Sony PMW-F55 XAVC to FCP X with Apple ProRes Codec

The Sony PMW-F55 is a camera engineered with cinematographers needs in mind for today and tomorrow, with planned firmware updates with more frame rates, more operating features and more recording options in the months and years to come. The new Sony DSP gives you many recording options. The camera records to SXS cards internally at 50 Mbps 4:2:2 8-bit, records to the Sony HDCAM SR (SStP) format at 220 Mbps 4:2:2, with plans for 440 Mbps 4:4:4 compression coming sometimes after release. Additionally, the camera can record to the new XAVC codec, which offers intra-frame 100Mbps 4:2:2 10-bit performance. The F5 can record internally up to 60fps in XAVC HD or 2K, and up to 120fps with the planned update.

Final Cut Pro X, the latest version of video-editing software geared for professionals from a company increasingly focused on mainstream consumers. Final Cut Pro X is a follow-up to Final Cut Pro 7, software Apple released in 2009 as part of Final Cut Studio. Like Apple’s newly released of Mac OS X Mavericks, Final Cut Pro X was only be available to customers through the Mac App Store. However, this new released FCP X does not support well with Sony PMW-F55 XAVC Videos.

So if you want to edit Sony PMW-F55 XAVC Videos in Final Cut Pro X, you are recommended to use UFUSoft HD Video Converter for Mac, which is the superior Mac Sony PMW-F55 XAVC to FCP X converter for Mavericks, Mountain Lion, Lion and Snow Leopard. It does not only convert Sony PMW-F55 XAVC to ProRes 422 MOV or H.264 MOV on Mac, but also merges XAVC files for import into Final Cut Pro X.

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Here is the step-by-step guide for you to import and edit Sony PMW-F55 XAVC to Final Cut Pro X on iMac/MacBook Pro with Mac OS X like Mavericks, Mountain Lion, Lion or Snow Leopard.

Step 1. Load Sony XAVC videos to UFUSoft HD Video Converter for Mac.

After transferring .XAVC files from Sony PMW-F55 camera, run UFUSoft HD Video Converter for Mac as the best Mac Sony PMW-F55 XAVC to MOV converter, and click the “Add File” button to load .XAVC videos.

Sony XAVC to Apple ProRes Converter

Step 2. Choose ProRes or H.264/AVC MOV output format.

Click the “Format” option, and choose Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422(*mov) or HD Video > HD MOV (*.mov) for converting XAVC videos from XAVC to MOV with ProRes or H.264/AVC as video codec for loading to Final Cut Studio. With this option, the output video will be kept as high definition 1920×1080.

Sony XAVC to FCP X

Step 3. Merge Sony PMW-F55 XAVC files. (optional)

Select all the files and then click “Merge”, and the Sony PMW-F55 XAVC converter will join and combine the video clips into a single file as output.

Step 4. Convert Sony PMW-F55 XAVC to MOV for Final Cut Pro X.

Click the convert button under the preview window, the Mac Sony XAVC converter starts converting Sony PMW-F55 XAVC videos to ProRes.mov or H.264 .mov, and joining the XAVC files for editing in Final Cut Pro X.

After converting and merging the XAVC files, just import the output files to Final Cut Pro X and the video is in HD 1920×1080. You can also import the output videos to Final Cut Express (FCE) 4 for editing in full HD.

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