What’s the best way to work with Sony XDCAM material on Mac? This article shows you my solution for converting Sony XDCAM to QuickTime MOV that is fully supported on Mac by QT player, iMovie, FCP.
If you’ve shot digital videos with a Sony XDCAM camera, you might want to import the XDCAM files into your Mac for playing or editing. But the problem is, based on my own experience and other users’ feedback, the Sony XDCAM footage is not as easy to play/edit on Mac OS X as you image. To solve the problem, an easy workaround is to convert Sony XDCAM to QuickTime .MOV on Mac. Read on to get a brief how to.
In case, you have Final Cut Pro installed on your Mac, first you can try the plug-in to rewrap XDCAM to QuickTime. Use the Sony XDCAM Transfer software and import plug-in to ingest XDCAM, XDCAM HD, or XDCAM EX media from MXF-wrapped or MPEG-4-wrapped media to QuickTime-wrapped media on your scratch disk.
While, if there’s no FCP installed, or the Sony XDCAM Transfer can’t work well as you want, don’t worry. I’ve found the best and easiest way to work with Sony XDCAM media on Mac along with the help from Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac. The program is a professional Sony XDCAM Converter for Mac. It's able to convert XDCAM HD, XDCAM EX files like PMW-EX1, PMW-EX3, PMW-200 to QuickTime MOV with least quality loss. Besides, this XDCAM file converter provides more compatible formats like ProRes for Final Cut Pro, Apple InterMediate Codec for iMovie, DNxHD for Avid MC, etc. If you want to transcode XDCAM to MOV on PC, just get Video Converter.
Tutorial: How to convert Sony XDCAM to QuickTime MOV on Mac
Note: Before ingesting, converting your XDCAM footage, you must connect an XDCAM or XDCAM HD deck or an XDCAM EX camcorder or SxS card device to your computer.
1. Run the program you just set up. Drag and drop the XDCAM files to the Converter. You can also hit Add files button to import videos to the app.
2. Click Format bar and select "QuickTime Movie Format" as target format. "MOV- QuickTime(*.mov)" from the "Common Video" is also an optimal choice.
3. Adjust the video and parameters, including the Bitrate of Video and Audio, Audio, Video Size, Sample Rate, Frame Rate, Audio Channels, etc., by clicking the Settings buttion on the main interface.
4. Finally, please click "Convert" button to start the Sony XDCAM media to QuickTime conversion on Mac. After the conversion, get the output .mov files and it will ensure a smooth playback and editing workflow on Mac OS X.
Additional Tips: As mentioned above, besides transcoding Sony XDCAM to QuickTime media, this Sony XDCAM Converter for Mac can also convert Sony XDCAM, XDCAM HD, XDCAM EX files (from PMW-EX3, PMW-EX1R, PMW-EX1, PMW-320K, PMW-200, PMW-100, PDW-F800…) to FCP, iMovie, FCE, Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro, etc NLE systems with optimal presets on Mac(Yosemite included). Just choose a proper format in the second step.
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