Final Cut Pro X can not provides native support for Sony XDCAM, XDCAM EX, and XDCAM HD (including XDCAM HD 50) cameras, its best supported video format is Apple ProRes 422 codec MOV format. Standard-definition XDCAM cameras record DVCAM at 25Mbps and MPEG IMX at 30Mbps, 40Mbps and 50Mbps. XDCAM HD cameas record 1080-line or 720-line high-definition MPEG-2 video as MXF files at 18Mbps, 25Mbps and 35Mbps and 50Mbps(HD422 Cameras only). XDCAM EX cameras record high-definition MPEG-2 video as MP4 files on solid-state SxS memory cards.
So To be able to import Sony XDCAM, XDCAM HD and XDCAM EX media into Final Cut Pro X, you'll need to download and install the Sony XDCAM Transfer software and XDCAM Drive software. While, if you haven’t install these XDCAM import Plug-in for Final Cut Pro correctly, it’s still hard task to transfer Sony XDCAM media to FCP 7 or FCP X. Well, this article describes the best way to import MXF files from Sony XDCAM/XDCAM HD/XDCAM EX to FCP on Mac.
First of all, get the best Sony XDCAM to FCP Converter. It will help you convert Sony XDCAM MXF files to ProRes for FCP on Mac at fast speed without quality loss.
Step 1: Launch the recommended Sony XDCAM MXF Converter to import your MXF files to it. Check the “Merge into one” box to combine several files together.
Step 2: Click the format bar and choose Final Cut Pro >> Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov) or Apple ProRes 422(HQ) as the output format for FCP editing with least quality loss.
Step 3: You can click “settings” to customize the output parameters: video resolution, bitrate, frame rate(usually 30fps is proper) as you want.
Step 4: Press the Convert button; it will start to transcode Sony XDCAM to ProRes for FCP 7/X on Mac OS X.
After the successful conversion, you can easily bring Sony XDCAM MXF files to FCP 7, FCP X for editing on Mac.
If you have the problem in importing Sony XDCAM MP4 video to FCP, you can get Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac to help you reformat the MP4 video to ProRes.
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