XAVC is a brand-new HD recording format that was introduced by Sony, which has gained much attention since it is released. It can support 4K resolution (4096 x 2160 and 3840 x 2160) at up to 60 frames per second. XAVC is really a cost-effective and file-size-efficient H.264/mpeg-4 LEVEL 5.2 AVC codec that’s scalable and can support smaller 4K data files up to 60 fps, plus 8-bit, 10-bit, and 12-bit color depth.
Final Cut Pro is a great software, which is the most popular NLE software. We can use Log and Transfer or Log and Capture to import videos, images, ect to FCP for editing, thus you can conveniently upload your videos to websites for sharing with friends and family members or burn the files to DVD/BD for different usage. But XAVC is not the friendly format for Final Cut Pro, including FCP 6/7 and the latest FCP X. ProRes is a lossy video compression format developed by Apple Inc. for use in post production that supports up to 4K, which is the most compatible codec for editing in FCP. The Apple ProRes format comes in five versions: Apple ProRes 4444, Apple ProRes 422 (HQ), Apple ProRes 422, Apple ProRes 422 (LT), and Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy). They are intended for use during video editing, and not for practical end-user viewing.
Here, UFUSoft XAVC Converter for Mac is recommended to do the conversion. It offers the best way to transcode Sony XAVC to ProRes 422/4444 for smoothly editing in Final Cut Pro X/7/6. Plus, it is simple to download and safe to install. Just get one and try it out now.
Tutorial on converting Sony XAVC to Final Cut Pro X/7/6 in 3 simple steps.
Step 1. Connect your Sony XAVC camcorders to your Apple with USB2.0. Launch the UFUSoft XAVC to FCP Converter for Mac, then click the adding button to import your XAVC files.
Step 2. Click the Format bar to get the drop-down menu and you can get the Apple ProRes codecs, including ProRes 422 (HQ), ProRes 422, ProRes 422 (LT), ProRes 422 (Proxy) and ProRes 4444. Choose the proper one you want.
Tip: the main difference betweem the five ProRes codecs:
a. ProRes 422 (HQ): offers the utmost possible quality for 4:2:2 or 4:2:0 sources and provides target data rate of approximately 220 Mbps and higher quality than Apple ProRes 422;
b. ProRes 422: provides target data rate of approximately 145 Mbps and higher quality than Apple ProRes 422 (LT);
c. ProRes 422 (LT): provides roughly 70 percent of the data rate of Apple ProRes 422 (thus, smaller file sizes than Apple ProRes 422) and higher quality than ProRes 422 (Proxy);
d. ProRes 422 (Proxy): provides roughly 30 percent of the data rate of Apple ProRes 422 and high-quality offline editing at the original frame size, frame rate, and aspect ratio;
e. ProRes 4444: offers the utmost possible quality for 4:4:4 sources and roughly 50 percent higher than the data rate of Apple ProRes 422 (HQ).
Step 3. Before start the conversion, please make sure you’ve check off the Deinterlacing box following Edit > Effect as below screen shot shows. Then hit the Convert button in the main interface to start the Sony XAVC to ProRes conversion for Final Cut Pro X/7/6 on Mac OS X.
After the Sony XAVC to Apple ProRes conversion, you can run the Final Cut Pro and click File –> Import –> Files to import the converted files and edit them in FCP X/7/6 without any rendering or unrecognizable problem. In addition, if you want to make your Sony XAVC files editable in iMovie, FCE, Adobe Premiere, Avid Media Composer, etc. the UFUSoft XAVC Converter will also a great choice for you.