The XDCAM format records SD DVCAM or IMX video on Sony Professional Disc media. Up to four 16-bit, 48 kHz uncompressed audio channels can be recorded. MPEG-4 proxy files are simultaneously recorded for quick review of footage and even proxy editing directly on the camcorder. Media is stored within MXF container files for easy transfer to your computer via FireWire or optional Ethernet connectors. XDCAM HD extends XDCAM to include four 1080-line HD video formats using long-GOP MPEG-2 compression (referred to by Sony MPEG HD). Also supported is an HD422 format that includes 1920 x 1080 and 1280 x 720 frame dimensions. XDCAM EX is a variation of XDCAM HD that records full HD resolution as either 1920 x 1080 or 1280 x 720 footage. XDCAM EX footage is recorded on SxS cards, based on the PCMCIA ExpressCard/34 form factor. Whereas, there’re some issues always around the Sony XDCAM users when trying to import and edit Sony XDCAM media files in Final Cut Pro even with lastest FCP X 10.0.8.
In fact, to be able to import Sony XDCAM, XDCAM HD and XDCAM EX media into Final Cut Pro, you’ll need to download and install the Sony XDCAM Transfer software and XDCAM Drive software. While, if you haven’t install these XDCAM import Plug-in for Final Cut Pro correctly, it’s still a hard task to transfer Sony XDCAM media to FCP 7 or FCP X. So, you need to seek for other effective way. Even with the Plu-gin installed, some users would still meet the trouble due to its complex procedures.
Fortunately, there is an easy way to fix this issue. The effective way is to convert Sony XDCAM MXF/IMX files to Apple ProRes, which is natively suported by Final Cut Pro. To get the work done, UFUSoft MXF Converter for Mac is an ideal choice, which allows you to convert XDCAM files to Apple ProRes 422 MOV for smoothly editing in Final Cut Pro 6/7 and FCP X. Besides FCP, this Mac Sony XDCAM Converter also generates best editing format/codec for filmmakers and video enthusiasts to use in different NLE apps, such as After Effects CS4/CS5/CS6, Adobe Premiere Pro, Sony Vegas, iMovie, Final Cut Express and more. Just download it and follow the step-by-step guide below to achieve your goal smoothly.
How to Transcode Sony XDCAM MXF/IMXF files to ProRes 422 For Final Cut Pro
Step 1. Add Source Videos
Launch the professional Sony MXF Converter Mac, and then click “Add video” button to browse and load your source files. If you need to import an entire file folder directly, simply click “Add from folder” tab.
Step 2. Choose Output format
Go to “Format” menu and choose “Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” as target format from “Final Cut Pro” dialogue box.
Tip: If you want to set some parameters for the output profile, you could click the “Settings” button to set the output bitrate, encode, frame rate, resolution, sample rate, channels, etc.
Step 3. Start XDCAM MXF/IMX to FCP Conversion
When the former steps finished, you can press “Convert” button to start rewrapping Sony XDCAM files to Apple ProRes MOV for FCP. Once the conversion process is done, click “Open” button to get the generated MOV files.
NOTE: The FCP X does not install the ProApps QuickTime Codecs automatically, so you need download and install the codec manually from here.
Step 4. Import the converted Sony XDCAM files to FCP project
Launch the Final Cut Pro, choose from File menu > Import > Files…
In this way, you can effortlessly import and edit Sony XDCAM files in Final Cut Pro smoothly.