Working with Sony A7 MXF files in FCP X

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Cannot import Sony A7 MXF footage into FCP X? This issue may happen due to various reasons. If you are trying to figure out a way solve the issue, you are just here in the right place. Here in this tutorial, we present a way of encoding Sony A7 MXF video files to Apple ProRes 422 codec for working with FCP X flawlessly.

How to transcode MXF footage to ProRes for FCP X editing

“Is there a way to go back to the previous version of Final Cut Pro X? I have serious issues editing Sony A7 MXF footage in FCP X after the upgradation to macOS High Sierra and FCP X 10.4. FCP X won’t import the Sony A7 MXF clips correctly, so they are totally unusable. How can I get a fix for this? Please help.”

As far as I know, it is impossible to download older versions of FCP X from Apple, which is annoying in cases like this. Until Apple fixes this the only solution is to somehow transcode the Sony A7 MXF footage to another format (e.g. Apple ProRes Codec ) that FCP X will handle well.



How to transcode Sony A7 MXF footage to ProRes for FCP X editing?

To transcode Sony A7 MXF video files to ProRes, do as below:

Video Converter For Mac , It is available for MacOSX 10.5 or above (including macOS Sierra/macOS High Sierra 10.13.14)
download Mac version

Step 1: Start up Video Converter for Mac and click “Add File” to load Sony A7 MXF video files that you need to convert into this program. This converter supports batch conversion, so you can import a bundle of Sony A7 MXF files into it to do conversion at a time.

import MXF video files

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.

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 video files

Step 3: Start MXF files conversion.
Click “Convert” to start Sony A7 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.

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