In this article, you will learn how to convert PXW-Z100 XAVC to ProRes so that you can edit Sony PXW-Z100 XAVC MXF videos in FCP X/7 without any issue.
Encounter issues while importing Sony PXW-Z100 XAVC videos to FCP like below user?
“I just bought the Sony Z100 for 4K aquisition over mxf wrapped XAVC in FCPX. I have “calibrated mxf software” installed on my other machine, and that system can playback the footage with no issues. The system I am planning to do my editing on does not have Calibrated and cannot access the .mxf wrapped XAVC natively. Sony’s content browser allows me to playback the footage, but does not allow me to export to Final Cut.”
There is no doubt that the XAVC codec options with Sony PXW-Z100 are great. Whereas, the point is, Final Cut Pro still can’t deal XAVC files natively. XAVC is not for editing, is for delivery, in this case, Sony’s XAVC is the previous step before edit / compose any sequence of pro video. To edit Sony PXW-Z100 XAVC files in FCP, the easy workaround is to get a best XAVC Converter.
What I used is Brorsoft MXF Converter for Mac. With it, you can effortlessly transcode Sony’s new XAVC codec to ProRes encoded MOV files, which will create Final Cut Pro friendly file format keeping the original quality. Besides FCP, this software can also export MPEG-2 for Adobe Premiere Pro, DNxHD for Avid Media Composer, Apple InterMediate Codec for iMovie and more NLE systems for native editing. Its Windows version also offers ProRes codec. Download it and follow the guide to convert Sony PXW-Z100 footage to ProRes.
How to Convert Sony PXW-Z100 XAVC to ProRes for FCP
Step 1: Load footage to the program
Run the best XAVC to FCP Converter and click Add button to load the Sony PWX-Z100 footages to the program. You can check the “Merge into one” box to join several files together.
Step 2: Choose a proper output format
Click on Format, and from the dropdown menu, here I recommend Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov) as the output format. Then you can set the output folder as you want.
Step 3: Adjust video, audio settings
Click the “Settings” button and customize proper video/audio parameters including Video size, bitrate and fame rate and mroe. Usually 1920*1080 video size and 30fps video frame rate are recommended for FCP editing.
Step 4: Start Conversion
After all necessary settings, hit the convert button to start converting Sony PXW-Z100 XAVC video to ProRes for FCP on Mac OS X.
Once the conversion process shows in 100%, click Open to get the output videos. Create a project and start editing Sony PXW-Z100 XAVC files in Final Cut Pro 7 or FCP X with light speed.