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Edit Sony PXW-X320 XAVC to Prores in FCP 6/7 Smoothly
Summary: All in all, to smoothly import Sony PXW-X320 XAVC files to FCP 6/7, you'd better to convert X320 XAVC to FCP 6/7 totally compatible Apple ProRes MOV format.
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The PXW-X320 supports XAVC offering high quality content creation in the HD domain. In addition to XAVC, MPEG HD422, MPEG HD, MPEG IMX, and DVCAM are supported. Two HD/SD-SDI, HDMI, i.LINK, and composite outputs provide a wide range of AV and IT interfaces. However, if we want to import the XAVC videos from Sony PXW-X320 to FCP 6/7 for editing, you may find the high quality XAVC files are not recognized by FCP.
While enjoying the stunning video quality, many folks are having problems when importing Sony PXW-X320 XAVC to FCP 6/7 like the below:
"We shot a video using PXW-X320 and now when we are trying to import the XAVC files into FCP 7, but we are getting an error that says that there may be no codec for FCP 7."
"Importing Sony PXW-X320 XAVC to FCP 6 isn't working, it gives us an error."
Well, in fact, it's not a "fresh" problem we've met when getting XAVC clips into Final Cut Pro. So what's the available workflow for Sony PXW-X320 and FCP? Although Sony itself generates plug-ins like XAVC/XDCAM Plug-in for Apple (PDZK-LT2) to enable FCP ingest Sony XAVC files correctly. However, the plug-in requires Final Cut Pro X 10.1 or later, that means if you want to import XAVC to FCP 6/7, it won't work. Besides, you'll need to a powerful Mac to edit the highly-compressed XAVC footage in FCP. So to transfer XAVC files from Sony PXW-X320 to FCP 6/7, a suggestion is to convert XAVC to ProRes which Final Cut Pro works best with.
Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac (review) is the solid tool to help users achieve the goal, applying which you are capable of converting XAVC to Apple ProRes format with lossless quality at faster speed so that you can edit Sony X320 XAVC in FCP 6/7 without any problem. Besides, the program is developed with some useful editing features, including merging several clips into one for easy importing, downsizing the files for editing and storage, adding text/image/video to original files, adding subtitles, replacing original audio tracks, etc.
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How to convert Sony PXW-X320 XAVC to ProRes 422 for FCP 6/7 editing on Mac?
Step 1: Download and have a quick installation. The trial version will have a watermark on your converted files. Except for that, there are no time limitation, no virus, and no unnecessary bundle apps while downloading. After that, click "Add Video" button to load XAVC video. You can load several files at once thanks to "Add from folder" button.
Step 2: Click the "Format" bar to get the drop-down menu and you can get "Final Cut Pro>>Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)" as output format.
Step 3: Click "Settings" button to customize the output video and audio settings by yourself. But if you are not good at it, you'd better use the default parameters, they will ensure you a good balance between file size and image quality basically. You can change the resolution, bit rate, frame rate as you need.
Step 4: Click "Convert" button on the bottom of the screen to start XAVC to ProRes MOV conversion process. The amount of time it takes will vary based on your system's hardware and the quality settings you selected.
Conclusion: When the conversion is done, you can click "Open" button to get the generated video files. Now, you can edit Sony PXW-X320 XAVC in FCP 6/7 freely.
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