The Direct Way to Import Sony a6500 XAVC S to Final Cut Pro 7

Published on by Chris King

This article aims to show you how to import and edit Sony a6500 XAVC S footage in Final Cut Pro 7 on Mac OS X including macOS Sierra, El Capitan.

The Direct Way to Import Sony a6500 XAVC S to Final Cut Pro 7
Sony has announced the a6500, its top of the line APS-C E-mount mirrorless camera. It may look a lot like the a6300 but it's a higher spec (and more expensive) sister model. Internal recording of UHD 4K movies is possible in multiple frame rates up to 30 fps. Full HD 1080p recording is also supported in frame rates up to 120 fps, and both resolutions utilize the 100 Mbps XAVC S format. But, is there any possible workflow for Sony a6500 XAVC S to Final Cut Pro 7? Can Final Cut Pro 7 ingest 4K XAVC S videos from Sony A6500? The result may let you down- FCP 7 won’t open and import Sony a6500 4K footage correctly. In this article, we will try our best to help you solve the issue.

Why Final Cut Pro 7 can’t support XAVC S footage directly? Based on our testing, it may due to the high video resolution and the video codec incompatibility. As it happens with H.264, XAVC S is not for editing but for delivery. In this case, Sony's XAVC S is the previous step before edit any sequence of pro video. To edit Sony a6500 XAVC S files in FCP, the easy workaround is to transcode XAVC S to ProRes on Mac OS X. 

With a professional XAVC S converter- Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac, you can get the work done easily. This software is able to convert XAVC S files from Sony a6500 to FCP, iMovie, FCE, Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro fully compatible format and keep original quality at the mean while. It can export ProRes for Final Cut Pro, Apple InterMedaite Codec(AIC) for iMovie/FCE, DNxHD for Avid Media Composer, MPEG-2 for Adobe Premiere Pro and more NLE systems for native editing. Download the software and follow the guide to finish the conversion task.

Below I will show you how to convert Sony A6500 4K XAVC S footage to ProRes .mov for editing in Final Cut Pro 7 on Mac OS X in details.

Full Guide: Transcode Sony a6500 XAVC S to Final Cut Pro 7 for editing

1. Install the program on Mac and run it. Click "Add" button on the top of the main interface to import video to the program. It supports batch conversion and joining multiple video clips into one file.

2. Click the "Format" bar and select Final Cut Pro> Apple PreRes 422(*.mov) as output format. This format is specially designed for FCP, so that you can edit your original Sony a6500 video in Final Cut Pro perfectly.

Tip: You also can click “Settings” to set video frame rate, video size and Video Bitrate as you want.

3. Click the “Convert” icon, and the XAVC S to FCP Converter will start converting a6500 XAVC S to ProRes MOV for FCP 7 on Mac.

After the conversion, launch Final Cut Pro, choose File > Import > Files…, and browse to where you save the converted XAVC S clips to. Now you can start fun away with editing Sony a6500 video footage in Final Cut Pro 7 or FCP X without any problem.

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