Monday, May 11, 2015

Edit Sony PXW-X70 XDCAM XAVC footage in FCP & Avid

Q: "I'm both a loyal photographer and Sony camcorder fan. I need a software which can help me convert Sony PXW-X70 4K XAVC and AVCHD footage to ProRes for editing with FCP and Avid Media Composer. Another is that I want to use MPEG streamclip wich transcode in very good quality and i wish the software had settings for settings the quality of the transcode other than lo medium and high. Any one can help me out?” 

The Sony PXW-X70 XDCAM Compact Camcorder records broadcast quality 1920 x 1080 HD video using a variety of codec, at 4:2:2 10-bit in XAVC, AVCHD and DV format. If you have the same questions and want to edit Sony PXW-X70 videos on Mac, you may find the high quality video files are not recognized by most editing software like Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer, etc. Read the Types of Apple ProRes Codecs. In this article, I will give you an effective way to import Sony PXW-X70 XDCAM XAVC raw footage to Avid MC/FCP flawlessly. 

No doubt we now need a professional converter for help, but not all converting tool can do this job with the high quality reserved, right? However Pavtube XAVC to FCP/Avid Converter for Mac could do this well. This is the best software which can convert XAVC files from Sony PXW-X70 to Mac fully compatible format and keep original quality at the mean while. Besides, its also exports advanced encoders like Apple Intermediate Codec, DNxHD, etc. allowing you to convert video to seamlessly fit iMovie, iDVD, Adobe Premiere, Avid Media Composer, etc.  

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Converting Sony PXW-X70 XAVC for Editing in FCP & Avid Media Composer

Step 1: Launch the XAVC to FCP/Avid Converter; click "Add Video" button from main menu to browse your computer hard drive and select the Sony PXW-X70 4K XAVC and AVCHD shottings you want to convert. Or you can easily drag-and-drop files into this application for converting.

Tip: If necessary, join videos clips via checking the "Merge into one" box. 

Step 2: Hit the Format box to select the specially designed video codec for editing in FCP: Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes Codec 422(*.mov). Wanna output Multi-track ProRes for FCP? Here are steps.

Drop down the 'Format' list, you will see the item 'Avid Media Composer'>>'Avid DNxHD (*.mov). For another way, you can also search it in the 'search box'.

Tips: Advanced video/audio settings

If the default settings do not fit your needs, you can click “Settings” button to adjust audio and video parameters as you like.  

Step 3: Click “Convert” button and the selected XAVC files from Sony PXW-X70 will be converted to DNxHD/Apple ProRes Codec 422 encoded MOV. Once the conversion process shows in 100%, click Open to get the output videos. After conversion, click “Open” folder to find converted footage. Then, transfer the MOV files to Create a project and start editing Sony PXW-X70 XAVC video in Final Cut Pro or Avid Media Composer with light speed. 

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