To import and edit Sony PXW-FS5 XAVC footage in Final Cut Pro 7 flawlessly, the easy workaround is to convert the FS5 XAVC to ProRes codec, which ensures the best results when working with FCP 7. Here is how.
I've used the Sony FS5 these past weeks to record lots of funny videos. And I'm searching for a solid answer for the Sony FS5 to FCP 7 issues. When I opened FCP 7 on Mac, the footage from my Sony PXW-FS5 cannot be recognized. I had searched the method and tried the Log and Transfer, but still failed. An alternative way I found to get Sony FS5 XAVC to FCP 7 flawlessly is to convert XAVC to ProRes. I've tried the workaround. Yes, it works. Now I'm going to share the details for importing Sony FS5 XAVC to Final Cut Pro 7. If you are stuck in the issues, just read on.
Generally, we can use Log and Transfer or Log and Capture to import videos, images, etc to FCP 7 for editing. But the new XAVC codec is not supported well by Final Cut Pro 7. Since, Apple ProRes is the most compatible codec for FCP, so if we want to edit Sony FS5 XAVC in FCP 7, it is necessary to convert those already shot XAVC files to ProRes .mov.
In fact, with the right tool, you can achieve your goal easily and quickly. Here I recommend to try Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac, which is a professional tool for Mac users to transcode full HD 1080p and ultra HD 4K to Final Cut Pro with the best quality. With it, you can effortlessly transcode XAVC codec to ProRes encoded MOV files keeping the original quality. Besides FCP 7, this software can also export DNxHD for Avid MC, MPEG-2 for Adobe Premiere Pro, ProRes for Final Cut Pro X, Apple InterMediate Codec for iMovie and more NLE systems for native editing.
Tutorial on converting Sony FS5 XAVC to Final Cut Pro 7 in simple steps
Step 1: Launch the XAVC to ProRes Converter on your Mac, then click the adding button to import your XAVC flies from HD drive or your camcorder directly.
Step 2: Click the Format bar to get the drop-down menu and you can get the Apple ProRes codecs, including ProRes 422 (HQ), ProRes 422, ProRes 422 (LT), ProRes 422 (Proxy) and ProRes 4444. Choose the proper one you want.
Step 3: Press the "Settings" icon and you'd better set the video frame rate as 30fps, video size as 1920*1080 for editing Sony FS5 XAVC in FCP 7 easily.
Step 4: Hit the Convert button in the main interface to start the XAVC to FCP 7 conversion on Mac OS X.
After the conversion, you can run the Final Cut Pro and click File -> Import -> Files to import the converted Sony FS5 XAVC files and edit them in FCP without any rendering or unrecognizable problem.