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Working with Sony FDR-AXP33 XAVC S files in FCP, iMovie and FCE


The Sony FDR-AXP33 is a new portable, compact camcorder that will enable you to relive memories in rich 4K resolution. Like all this year's 4K camcorders from Sony, the FDR-AXP33 records using the efficient XAVC S recording format for sparkling 4K footage that's easy to store, edit and share. If you recorded some 4K videos by Sony AXP33, you may like editing the 4K videos with FCP, iMovie or other NLEs on Mac. This guide focuses on Sony FDR-AXP33 to FCP, iMovie, FCE workflow.

Can Final Cut Pro, iMovie, Final Cut Express ingest 4K XAVC S videos from Sony FDR-AXP33? The result may let you down- FCP/iMovie/FCE won't open and import Sony AXP33 4K footage correctly. What caused the issues? Based on our testing, it may due to the high video resolution and the video codec incompatibility. To edit Sony FDR-AXP33 XAVC S in FCP X/7, iMovie, FCE smoothly, a workaround is to transcode Sony AXP33 XAVC S to a more editable format with proper settings under Mac OS X.

With a professional XAVC S converter - Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac, you can get the work done easily. This software is able to convert XAVC S files from Sony FDR- AXP33 to FCP, iMovie, FCE fully compatible format and keep original quality at the mean while. It can export ProRes for Final Cut Pro, Apple InterMedaite Codec(AIC) for iMovie/FCE, DNxHD for Avid Media Composer, MPEG-2 for Adobe Premiere Pro and more NLE systems for native editing. Download the software and follow the guide to finish the conversion task.

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How to Convert and Import Sony FDR- AXP33 footage to FCP/iMovie/FCE

Step 1. Install the Mac XAVC S Converter program and run it. Drag the XAVC S files to the software. Or you can also click "Add" button on the top of the main interface to import video to the program.


Step 2. Hit the Format box to select the specially designed video codec for editing in iMovie/FCE, Final Cut Pro.

a. For importing Sony FDR-AXP33 XAVC S to Final Cut Pro X/7, you can choose "Final Cut Pro> Apple PreRes 422(*.mov)" as output format.


b. To edit Sony FDR-AX33 XAVC S video in iMovie, FCE, "iMovie/FCE --> Apple InterMediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov)" is the optimal choice.


Step 3. Adjust the video and audio parameters, including the Bitrate of Video and Audio, Audio, Video Size, Sample Rate, Frame Rate, Audio Channels, etc., by clicking the Settings buttion on the main interface. Usually 1920*1080 video size and 30fps video frame rate are recommended for FCP, iMovie, FCE editing.

Step 4. Click the arrow button to start transcoding Sony FDR-AXP33 4K XAVC S to .MOV(ProRes for FCP, AIC for iMovie) on Mac OS X.

After the conversion finished, you can easily transfer your 4K footages from Sony FDR-AXP33 to FCP, iMovie, FCE for further editing without any problem.

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