How to Work with Sony a7II XAVC S in Final Cut Pro 7/X

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Problems working Sony a7II media with Final Cut Pro 7 or FCP X? Fortunately, there is an easy way to fix the issue. Let's find it out here.

How to Work with Sony a7II XAVC S in Final Cut Pro 7/X
In addition to highly detailed stills with smooth gradations, the Sony Alpha a7II now has access to the high-bit-rate XAVC S format with 60p, 30p, and 24p recording options, all at 50 Mbps. However, if you want to import the XAVC S videos from Sony a7II to Final Cut Pro 7 or FCP X for editing the movies, you may find the high quality XAVC S files are not recognized by FCP. So what's the available workflow for Sony a7II and FCP?

The basic reason why we can't work with Sony a7II XVAC S in FCP 7 or FCP X is that XAVC S codec is a new one, and is not widely supported. To make the XAVC S compatible with FCP, the easy workaround is to convert XAVC S to ProRes MOV, which ensures best results when using in Final Cut Pro. Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac is the solid tool to help users make the XAVC S to ProRes transcoding on Mac OS X.

With it, you effortlessly convert XAVC S from Sony a7II to FCP highly compatible ProRes MOV, ensuring maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with Final Cut Pro X or FCP 7. Besides, its also exports advanced encoders like Apple Intermediate Codec, DNxHD, etc. allowing you to convert video to seamlessly fit iMovie, iDVD, Adobe Premiere, Avid Media Composer, etc. If you are editing Sony a7II XAVC S with Final Cut Pro 7 or FCP X, chances are you already installed this great free utility. If not, download it from here. Below are the steps on converting XAVC S to ProRes MOV for FCP.

Converting Sony A7II XAVC S for Editing in Final Cut Pro

Step 1: Import XAVC S videos

Install and run the XAVC S Video Converter on your Mac, then run it. Click on "Add", and browse your files; select all the XAVC S files you wanna convert. If you want to combine all the files together for easy importing to FCP, please tick the box "Merge into one" on the main interface.

Step 2: Choose ProRes as output format

Click the "Format" bar and select Final Cut Pro > Apple PreRes 422(*.mov) as output format.

Tips: Adjust video, audio settings

Click the "Settings" button and customize proper video/audio parameters including Video size, bitrate and fame rate and mroe. Usually 1920*1080 video size and 30fps video frame rate are recommended for FCP editing.

Step 3: Start XAVC S to ProRes conversion

After all necessary settings, hit the convert button to start the XAVC S video to ProRes conversion on Mac OS X. Once the conversion process shows in 100%, click Open to get the output videos. Create a project and start editing Sony a7II XAVC S video in Final Cut Pro 7 or FCP X with light speed.

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