How to load Sony PMW-500 MXF to Final Cut Pro 6/7/X

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How to load Sony PMW-500 MXF to Final Cut Pro 6/7/X

Postby Vincent121 » Fri Feb 01, 2013 2:26 am

How to load Sony PMW-500 MXF to Final Cut Pro 6/7/X

Summary:If you need to edit Sony PMW-500 MXF footages in Final Cut Pro 6/7/X on Mac, you can follow this article to convert to best prores codec and edit without rendering.

Sony's PMW-500 Solid State Memory Camcorder is a 2/3" shoulder-mount camera that combines the 4:2:2 color space and high 50Mbps bitrate of the PDW-F800 with the SxS media recording of the PMW-350--introducing a lightweight, low power-consumption HD powerhouse to the world of professional broadcasting. What makes the higher bitrate and wider color space such an advantage? In a word: elasticity. A straight comparison of 35Mbps/4:2:0 to 50Mbps/4:2:2 footage may reveal few differences to the naked eye, but in post-production--where video images can be subjected to a wide degree of processing, color correction, compression and other digital abuse--it's the more robust PMW-500 images that will come out the other side (i.e., on your TV screen) with their original sparkle intact.

HD 1080/720 Recording Using the MPEG HD422 Codec

The PMW-500 records and plays back high-definition video with 1920 x 1080 and 1280 x 720 resolutions up to 50Mbps using MPEG-2 4:2:2P HL compression technology. Also, the PMW-500 can record high-quality 24-bit four-channel audio.


Import recordings to FCP 6/7/X.

Sony PMW-500 XDCAM camcorders' video format is MXF, using MXF footage on Mac is a big problem. Sony PMW-500 XDCAM MXF format is not compatible with Final Cut Pro 6/7/X, Final Cut Express, iMovie or iDVD. So if you want to edit Sony PMW-500 XDCAM MXF in Final Cut Pro 6/7/Xor other software, you first need to convert Sony PMW-500 MXF video to compatible format like ProRes 422 codec. This is a common format developed by Apple. ProRes 422 is intended for non-linear editing with Apple Final Cut (Pro). It retains higher quality when you convert MXF to ProRes for FCP. Below are some useful tips for you and you will know how to import Sony PMW-500 XDCAM MXF to Final Cut Pro 6/7/X on Mac.

Solution:Step-by-step guide to convert Sony PMW-500 MXF to Apple ProRes 422 codec MOV format.

1.Download Pavtube MXF Converter for Mac. This is excellent software which can help you convert Sony PMW-500 XDCAM MXF video to ProRes for FCP X, FCP 6/7. Besides, it supports many other formats for output.


2.Install and launch the Sony PMW-500 XDCAM MXF to ProRes Converter Mac, import the MXF video you want to convert.

3.Choose the best output format for Final Cut Pro 6/7/X. Click on "Format" and choose "Final Cut Pro >>Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)" format.


4.You can click settings to adjust the output parameters, such as resolution, bitrate and frame rate.


5.You can click edit button to edit MXF video, such as deinterlace, denoise, mute, volume up and crop.

6.Click convert button to start. Sony MXF to ProRes Converter will transcode MXF to Apple ProRes codec, convert MXF to MOV format.

After converting, you can import Sony PMW-500 footage to FCP instantly without rendering in FCP 6/7/X. More output formats are supported, you can also read more guides on MXF video in Pavtube MXF column.

Tips: You can use Pavtube DVD Creator for Mac to burn PMW-500 XDCAM MXF to DVD on Mac, you can take thisMXF video to DVD guide as example.

Learn more Cameras/Camcorders related tutorial, pls view our Sony column, MXF Column, FCP Column, etc. on

Sony MXF related guides:
Sony MXF to Premiere
Sony MXF to movie studio

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