Sony PMW-F3 to Final Cut Pro-Edit F3 MXF in FCP X, FCP 7/6

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“Anybody know how to import mp4 files from sony PMW-F3 camcorder to FCP X/7/6? I got the video from my client for editing. But I found that they were refused by FCP. What should I do?”

“I was surprised to learn that Sony F3 MXF files are not natively supported by FCP – am I mistaken? It seems like the only way to transcode the to ProRes is to use Final Cut Pro with the XDCAM plugin? But I haven’t been able to find it… does this still exist. How can I import the MXF file from F3 into FCP?”

Sony PMW-F3 is from the EX family and will be using the SxS cards we currently have. It will shoot natively at 35Mb/s in 4:2:0. There are multiple configurations you can add on, the obvious is to mount a NanoFlash to get higher data rates at 4:2:2, and they plan to make use of Dual-Link technology, achieving 4:4:4 colorspace. That makes it compatible with Sony’s cinema lineup of the F35 and SRW-9000PL. Sony PMW-F3 XDCAM camcorders’ video format is MXF, however, as above, using MXF footage with FCP is a big problem as MXF is not compatible with Final Cut Pro (including FCP 6/7 and FCP X).

Of course, you can use XDCAM Transfer and refer to the guide here. Thinking the procedure is too complex? If you want to easily edit Sony PMW-F3 XDCAM MXF recordings in Final Cut Pro on Mac, you first need to convert Sony PMW-F3 MXF video to FCP native format like ProRes 422 codec. This is a common format developed by Apple. ProRes 422 is intended for non-linear editing with Apple Final Cut Pro. It retains higher quality when you convert Sony PMW-F3 MXF to ProRes for FCP. Below are some useful tips for you and you will know how to import and edit Sony PMW-F3 XDCAM MXF to Final Cut Pro on Mac.

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How to import Sony PMW-F3 MXF video to FCP X and FCP 7/6?

Step 1. Drag and drop source Sony PMW-F3 video to the Sony F3 video converter.

Step 2. Click the pull down menu at the opposite side of “Format”, and then choose “Final Cut Pro” ->“Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” format.

Step 3. Click “Convert” button to start converting Sony PMW-F3 videos to FCP friendly format-ProRes MOV.

Step 4: When the conversion is done, click “Open” button to get converted video files.

That’s all, you can import and edit Sony PMW-F3 MXF video in Final Cut Pro (6, 7, X) freely.

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