Sony’s new Handycam model the FDR-AX1 priced $4,500, recording at a maximum resolution of 3840 x 2160 in 60p (also 24p, 30p, 25p, and 50p), is Sony’s first attempt at targeting common consumers who want to shoot 4K resolution footage of their own. It does is the ideal choice for recording 4K video in low cost, but I have to say that the terms "simple" and "manageable" in regards to Sony video cameras is a very long stretch at best because it uses XAVC S as the recording codec. The shortcoming of this codec is that you will only be able to edit it on Sony Vegas, and it will take time for the likes of Apple and Adobe to develop support for the codec in Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere.
However, this will not be a serious problem that could prevent you from buying this great camera. If you want to edit FDR-AX1 in FCP, you just need to convert FDR-AX1 XAVC S to FCP accepted ProRes 422 MOV format beforehand by using a third-party professional XAVC S to FCP Converter. In light of that many people want to know the detailed operation steps, here, I will show you how to conduct the conversion using XAVC Video Converter for Mac.
Tips: Before the conversion starts, you should click the download button above to download the converter and install it onto your Mac. If you want to edit FDR-AX1 XAVC S in Premiere on Windows platform, please download the XAVC Video Converter for Windows.
Step 1: Add source FDR-AX1 XAVC S file
First transfer the XAVC S footage to your Mac, And then launch the XAVC S Converter. Click "Add Files" to import the source XAVC S files to the program, or you can also directly drag and drop the files onto its main panel. Note that you can batch convert the videos for saving time.
Step 2: Select ProRes 422 as the output format
To edit FDR-AX1 in FCP, the best-fit input format is ProRes 422 MOV. Since this preset is provided, you can simply hit the "Convert to" menu bar, and choose "Final Cut Pro" > "Apple ProRes 422 (*mov)" from the drop-up list to set the output format.
Step 3: Convert FDR-AX1 XAVC S to FCP
At last, press the big blue button on the lower right to start the conversion. Wait a while, and then the conversion will be finished perfectly. Keep in mind that after the conversion, the original 4K video quality will 100% be preserved, but if you want to change the resolution, you can adjust it by clicking "Setting" button and customize it before converting.