Can’t work with Sony A6500 XAVC S in FCP X smoothly

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Re-encoding Sony A6500 XAVC S footage to Apple ProRes codec is necessary if FCP X won’t work with your video smoothly. That’s because Apple ProRes codec provides better performance during editing, faster render times, and better color quality for compositing. This guide teaches you the basics of how to convert Sony A6500 XAVC S media to ProRes codec for editing in FCP X with very good performance.

XAVC-S is a form of H.264. When edit Sony A6500 XAVC S footage in Final Cut Pro X in its original format, you will need a larger amount of computer horsepower to decode its compression which takes longer render time than other formats. If your computer doesn’t have enough power to handle the footage, you will run into issues one or another. In that case, we would recommend transcoding Sony A6500 XAVC S video to Apple ProRes first. Apple ProRes is less hardware intensive than XAVC-S (H.264). You don’t need a fancy graphics card and you don’t need as fast a computer to edit these transcoded formats. Keep reading and find out how to transcode Sony A6500 XAVC S footage to ProRes codec for easy editing in FCP X.

How to transcode Sony A6500 XAVC S footage to FCP X preferred ProRes codec?

To transcode Sony A6500 XAVC S files to ProRes for FCP X editing, do as below:

Step 1: Import source files
With Video Converter for Mac, you can click “Add File” to load Sony A6500 XAVC S video files that you want to convert into this program.

import XAVC S video files

Step 2: Select output format
Click “Profile” to select “Final Cut Pro” > “Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” as output format. ProRes .mov is Final Cut Pro X’s favorite editing codec, which FCP X will recognize and handle well.

Select output profile format

If necessary, you can click “Settings” button to modify video and audio parameters like encoder, resolution, frame rate, bitrate, aspect ratio, sample rate, and audio channels. You can also “enable 3D Settings” to add 3D effect to your source media.
Settings for XAVC S video files

Step 3: Click “Convert” to start Sony A6500 XAVC S to ProRes conversion for FCP X.
As soon as the conversion is complete, click “Open Folder” to get the generated ProRes .mov files for editing in FCP X with optimum performance. Hope this tutorial will help those who are having problem editing Sony A6500 XAVC S files in Final Cut Pro X.

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