If your FCP X reports an import error or something similar while handling Sony ILCE-7S MXF files, you may wish to read this tutorial. We write it to help those who are meeting problems working with Sony ILCE-7S MXF footage in Final Cut Pro X. It presents a way of converting Sony ILCE-7S MXF files to ProRes codec for use in FCP X smoothly.
Depending on your rig’s capabilities, OS versions, editing app versions as well as your source media types, it will definitely have different editing performances while dealing with Sony ILCE-7S MXF footage in Final Cut Pro X. In some occasions, people need to process “transcoding editing” for a fast and fluid workflow. That means you re-encode your Sony ILCE-7S MXF files to a FCP X editing-friendly format first, then import the converted files into FCP X for a smooth workflow. Check a quick guide on how to convert Sony ILCE-7S MXF files to ProRes 422 for editing in FCP X with optimum performance.
To transcode Sony ILCE-7S MXF video files to ProRes, do as below:
Step 1: Start up Video Converter for Mac and click “Add File” to load Sony ILCE-7S MXF video files that you need to convert into this program. This converter supports batch conversion, so you can import a bundle of Sony ILCE-7S MXF files into it to do conversion at a time.
Step 2: Click “Profile” to select output format.
We would recommend choosing “Final Cut Pro” > “Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” as output format. Apple ProRes is FCP X’s favorite editing codec, which FCP X will recognize and handle well.
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.
Step 3: Start MXF files conversion.
Click “Convert” to start Sony ILCE-7S MXF files to ProRes conversion.
As soon as the conversion is complete, click “Open Folder” to get the generated files for editing in Premiere Pro on your Mac with optimum performance.