The best way to ingest Sony PXW-X320 XAVC to FCP 7

Published on by Chris King

The complete workflow for transcoding, importing, and editing Sony PXW-X320 XAVC footage in Final Cut Pro 7 smoothly. 

The best way to ingest Sony PXW-X320 XAVC to FCP 7

The PXW-X320, with various functions inherited from Sony's world-acclaimed XDCAM camcorders and yet highly cost effective with lens included has won lots of users. The PXW-X320 supports recording in MPEG HD422, MPEG HD, MPEG IMX, and DVCAM. In additional, XAVC is also supported offering high quality content creation in the HD domain. While enjoying the stunning video quality, many folks are having problems when importing Sony PXW-X320 XAVC to FCP 7 like the below:

Q1: “We shot a video using PXW-X320 and now when we are trying to import the XAVC files into FCP , but we are getting an error that says that there may be no codec for FCP.”

Q2: “Import Sony PXW-X320 XAVC to FCP 7 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 7 or FCP X. The reason that you can't successfully ingest those recorded Sony XAVC footages on to Final Cut Pro 7 is that FCP 7 lacks native support for XAVC. As far as we know, Sony has generated XAVC/XDCAM Plug-in for Apple (PDZK-LT2) to enable Final Cut Pro X to ingest Sony XAVC files correctly. You can try to download the plug-in and update your Final Cut Pro to FCP X 10.1 or later. Alternatively, you can use 3rd-party software to re-wrap and convert XAVC to ProRes encoded .mov format first, which is a native format for Final Cut Pro. It's a great way to achieve your goal smoothly.

First of all, download Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac:

It is a professional XAVC converter for Mac. With it, you can effortlessly encode/re-encode XAVC from PXW-X320 for smoothly importing and editing in various non-linear editing systems (NLE), including Final Cut Pro X, FCP 6/7, iMovie, Final Cut Express, Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, etc. Below is how.

How to convert Sony PXW-X320 XAVC to Apple ProRes for Final Cut Pro 7

Step 1. Load XAVC files to program

Run the smart XAVC to FCP Converter, and click the “Add” button to load the XAVC videos. You can also use the drag-and-drop method to load the XAVC files to the application UI.



Step 2. Choose output format

Press “Format” option and navigate the mouse cursor to choose “Format > Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” as the best codec for FCP 7 or FCP X on Mac.



Tip: Click the “Settings” button and customize proper video/audio parameters including Video size, bitrate and fame rate and more. Usually 1920*1080 video size and 30fps video frame rate are recommended for FCP 7 editing.



Step 3. Start the XAVC to ProRes conversion

Hit the convert button, it will start converting Sony PXW-X320 to ProRes .mov for importing to Final Cut Pro 7 immediately. Soon after the conversion, just click “Open” button to get the generated files for natively editing in FCP 7 perfectly.

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