Import Sony HDR-CX455 AVCHD/XAVC S to FCP X/7/6 for editing

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Sony HDR-CX455 is a Full HD Handycam camcorder that’s ready to capture all of life’s moments, from expansive scenes to far away action. Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Intelligent Active Mode helps keep your handheld footage looking clear and smooth, even when you’re on the move, while an advanced Fast Intelligent AF system works to keep your subjects in sharp focus. The HDR-CX455 records 4K and HD movies in the XAVC S format, which uses MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 for video compression and linear PCM for audio compression, while saving files in a MP4 wrapper which allows for extensive record times and easy editing. Additionally, you can chose to record HD in AVCHD (ideal for HDTV and Blu-ray disc burning) or MP4 (ideal for sharing over the internet).

“Recently I bought a Sony HDR-CX455 camcorder-a low priced Sony Camcorder, in the past week, I used this camcorder recorded a lot of 1080/60p videos when I travel, my friends are interested in this travel, so they want to watch my recordings. But when I want to edit Sony CX455 with Final Cut Pro X on Mac, the FCP X can’t import my files and an error message will pop-out, the Sony CX455 video format is not supported, can you help me to import Sony CX455 files to FCP X for editing? Thanks! ”

As we know, many editing software have best video codec or format, only natively supported codec or format can be edited smoothly. From Final Cut Pro official webpage, you will learn that FCP best supported format is Apple ProRes 422 codec MOV format, for 1080 60p AVCHD MTS files and 4k XAVC S MP4 videos, it can’t support.

In order to edit HDR-CX455 AVCHD/XAVC S files in Final Cut Pro X/7/6, you have to convert 1080/60p AVCHD files or 4k XAVC S MP4 videos to ProRes for FCP using third party software like UFUSoft HD Converter for Mac. It is considered as an ideal solution to do so.

Let’s start the conversion with the step-by-step guide on how to convert Sony CX455 AVCHD MTS/XAVC S MP4 to Apple ProRes and then import the converted videos for editing in Final Cut Pro X/7/6.

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Step1: Import Sony CX455 AVCHD MTS/XAVC S MP4 files to the best Sony CX455 AVCHD MTS/XAVC S MP4 to Apple ProRes Converter for Mac.

Connect your Sony CX455 to your Apple with USB. Launch Sony CX455 AVCHD MTS/XAVC S MP4 to Apple ProRes Converter for Mac and then click the adding button to import your AVCHD MTS/XAVC S MP4 files. You can tick the box in front of the file you want to convert.

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Tip: If you have multiple Sony CX455 AVCHD MTS/XAVC S MP4 files, you can select all files and click Merge to merge the Sony CX455 AVCHD MTS/XAVC S MP4 files into one single file for FCP so that you can play these files without interruption.

Step 2: Select an output format for FCP and set the output folder.

Click on the “Format” and get the dropdown menu, then move you pointer to “Final Cut Pro”. Under the sub list are there a few formats which are all compatible with FCP. Here we recommend the Apple PreRes 422. Then you can set the output folder by clicking “Browse” icon as you need.

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Note: If you want the files to be in a smaller size, you can follow Final Cut Pro>Apple ProRes 422(LT)(*mov) option. If your files size is at SD levels, you are advised to choose Final Cut Pro>Apple ProRes 422(Proxy)(*mov), which is recommended for 480i/p and 576i/p shootings as well.

Step 3: Click “Settings” icon to adjust audio and video parameters.

Click the “Settings” icon and you will go into a new interface named “Profile Settings”. You can adjust codec, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channel in the interface according to your needs and optimize the output file quality.

Note 1: You’d better set the video frame rate as 30fps, video size as 1920*1080 to keep the best quality for editing in Final Cut Pro, If the 60i/30fps is your original frame rate. But if you shoot with 50i/25fps, then 25fps as the frame rate will be your best choice when conversion.

Note 2: If you convert 4K videos, and want to keep 4k resolution, you can select 4k video format as output format from the “Profile”.

Note 3: You can customize the defaults and save them as custom conversion settings without affecting the original default selection.

Step 4: Start converting your Sony CX455 AVCHD MTS/XAVC S MP4 filess to Apple ProRes for FCP X/7/6.

Click the “Convert” button; it will convert Sony CX455 AVCHD MTS/XAVC S MP4 to Apple ProRes for FCP on Mac immediately. You can find the process in the “Conversion” interface.

When the Sony CX455 AVCHD MTS/XAVC S MP4 to Apple ProRes conversion process is 100% completed, you will be able to get the output files for Final Cut Pro by clicking on “Open” button effortlessly. Now you can easily import the converted and/or merged Sony CX455 AVCHD MTS/XAVC S MP4 files to Final Cut Pro X/7/6 for editing with high quality without any trouble.


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