Best workflow of Importing Sony a99 II XAVC S to Final Cut Pro

Published on by Chris King

Final Cut Pro won’t import XAVC S files from Sony a99 II smoothly? The easy workaround is to transcode the Sony a99 II XAVC-S to FCP more “edit” friendly codec- Apple ProRes. Here is how.

Best workflow of Importing Sony a99 II XAVC S to Final Cut Pro
The Sony a99 II delivers the next level in significantly swift high-precision AF, faster continuous shooting, and stunning resolution- the best performance in A-mount. Like all other Sony 4K cameras, the a99 II utilizes the XAVC S codec during video shooting, which records at 30 or 24 fps. Though so excellent as its capturing quality, many users have complained that they came upon tricky issues when importing XAVC S files from Sony a99 II into Final Cut Pro for further editing:

“I was trying to insert in the card reader a new card that I shot on the Sony a99 II that only contained XAVC-S files that is 4K files shot on the XAVC-S and HD for 1920×1080 also utilizing the same XAVC-S codec so I try importing the clips into FCPX thru the Import window and again the same problem occurred FCPX would see the card only as a Volume And not as a Camera I did this several times even powering down the computer and powering back up and still no go, so I could not even create an archive of the card.”

I know that XAVC-S is now supported natively in FCPX since ver 10.1, but XAVC S is not ideal for editing in Final Cut Pro other NLEs anyhow. The best workaround is to convert Sony a99 II XAVC S to Final Cut Pro preferable video format like Apple Intermediate Codec, ensures the maximum editing efficiency and quality when working with FCP. To finish the mission fast and easily, you can turn to the help of Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac, reputed as the best choice for transcoding XAVC S to FCP

With it, you can effortlessly encode/re-encode XAVC S footage shot from Sony a99 II for smoothly importing and editing in various non-linear editing systems (NLE), including Final Cut Pro, iMovie, Adobe Premiere Pro,Avid Media Composer and more. Just download it and keep reading for a brief how-to on each process.

Converting Sony Sony a99 II 4K XAVC S for editing in Final Cut Pro

Step 1: Import XAVC S videos

Install and run the best XAVC S 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 Final Cut Pro friendly format

Hit the Format box to select the specially designed video codec for editing in FCP: "Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)".

Step 3: Video/Audio settings (Optional)

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.

Step 4: Start Sony a99 II 4K XAVC S to FCP conversion

Click the arrow button to start transcoding Sony a99 II XAVC S to ProRes .mov for Final Cut Pro immediately. After the conversion finished, you can easily transfer your 4K XAVC S footage to Final Cut Pro X or FCP 7 for further editing without any problem.

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