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Transcode Sony a6300 XAVC S for Editing in FCP 7/FCP X Smoothly

"Hello guys, I have a Sony a6300 camera which is able to capture 4k (3840 x 2160) video at 30p, as well as 1080p video at 120p. Recently, I have switched to a Mac specifically for FCP X. I'm really not familiar enough with this video editing application and I'm having issues working with a6300 4k videos in FCPX. The editing process is unstable and unreliable. Has anyone tried editing 4k videos from an a6300 on FCP X? Please help. Thanks."


The Sony Alpha A6300 is the flagship model in the form of an APS-C mirrorless camera that takes autofocusing and imaging speed and performance to astonishing new heights. What's more impressive is its capacity to capture stunning 4K videos with high-bitrate XAVC S format at up to 120 fps, ensuring wonderful footage with high bit rate recording. However, as a Sony A6300's owner, it seems a bit tricky when importing and editing 4K XAVC S clips from Sony A6300 in Final Cut Pro 7 or FCP X.

Granted that the latest version, FCP X have added general QuickTime support for XAVC S. And you can usually view and edit well Sony A6300 4K XAVC S files in FCP or FCP X with Sony's special free-of-charge plug-in PDZK-LT2 V.1.2. But it seems that the process is complex and sometimes you will still encounter different importing issues like import slowly, no audio after importing, etc. Fortunately, you are able to fix all these problems with the help of a professional video converter software called Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac.

With it, you can effortlessly transcode Sony A6300 XAVC S files to Apple ProRes - ensuring maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with Final Cut Pro (no matter Final Cut Pro X, FCP 6 or FCP 7). The conversion is darn easy to be finished with only three clicks without loss of video quality. Besides, supposing you own the previous version of Final Cut Pro such as Final Cut Pro 6 or 7 which can not handle 4K video, this excellent gadget can allow you to compress 4K to 1080p prores for fast and fluid video editing workflow. Below is a brief how-to.


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Converting Sony a6300 XAVC S for Editing in Final Cut Pro 7/X

Step 1: Import Sony A6300 4K XAVC S videos

Install and launch the Mac Video Converter and load the recordings to it. If you want to merge several clips, just need to check the "Merge into one" box.


Step 2: Select output file format

Tap the Format bar and select Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov), which is the best format for FCP.


Tips: (Optional) Choose "Settings" to set video resolution (1920 x 1080/1440 x 1080/1280 x 720/720 x 480), bitrate(from 1Mbps to 20Mbps), frame rate (24p/30p) as you like. To deinterlace, crop, trim Sony FDR-AX1 XAVC S videos, click "Edit" menu.

Step 3: Convert A6300 4K XAVC S to Apple Prores format.
Go back to the main interface and press the "Convert" icon on the right-bottom to start Sony A6300 4K XAVC S to Apple Prores process.

When the conversion is done, you can easily import converted Sony A6300 video to Final Cut Pro 7 or FCP X for furthering professional editing.

1. When converting video to Final Cut Pro oriented format templates(e.g. Apple Prores), please ensure that your computer has Final Cut Pro installed, otherwise the converted files will have audio only without image.
2. If you are using FCP X, please make sure you have installed ProApps QuickTime Codecs, or you may get files with sound only without video.

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