Import Sony A7S II XAVC S media in Final Cut Pro X

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Re-encoding Sony A7S II 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 A7S II XAVC S media to ProRes codec for editing in FCP X with very good performance.

With Video Converter for Mac, you can quickly find the ProRes output format you want, thanks to the convenient way the options are organized. They’re grouped first by type, and this list includes everything from other devices to Apple devices to editing programs. Once you’ve selected one of these categories, you’ll see the list of specific formats along with the type of device or editing program it’s meant to play on or work with, making it easy to find the right option even if you’re not terribly techno-savvy. Learn how to convert Sony A7S II XAVC S footage to ProRes for FCP X editing below.

How to transcode Sony A7S II XAVC S footage to FCP X preferred ProRes codec?

To transcode Sony A7S II 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 A7S II 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

Tips:
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 A7S II 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 A7S II XAVC S files in Final Cut Pro X.

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