Trancoding XDCAM EX to ProRes on Mac OS X(Sierra, El Capitan)

Published on by Chris King

This simple tutorial explores the easy way to convert XDCAM EX to ProRes, so you can import Sony XDCAM EX .mp4 files to Final Cut Pro for editing with ease.

Trancoding XDCAM EX to ProRes on Mac OS X(Sierra, El Capitan)

Q: “I have purchased a new Sony PMW-EX1R and I am editing on Final Cut Pro X. FCP won't work with the XDCAM EX .mp4 files that the EX1R generates. I searched widely for a way to solve the problem.”

As a cost-effective addition to the XDCAM HD family, the XDCAM EX camcorders including PMW-EX1, PMW-EX1R, PMW-EX3, PMW-200, PMW-320, PMW-350 has won a lots of users yet. Although most of the video editors, i.e. Final Cut Pro has been improved to support Sony XDCAM/XDCAM HD/XDCAM EX, it’s still not a “NATIVE” format. According to Apple, ProRes encoded MOV videos are highly compatible with FCP software. That means you can convert XDCAM EX to ProRes so that you can import XDCAM EX to Final Cut Pro for editing without any video, audio codec issues.

There are several different transcoding programs, and more than a few XDCAM to ProRes converting solutions. We combed through the options to pull together the simplest, working method. First of all, download and install Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac (Read the review of 5 best Video Converter for Mac) .

It can help you to do the XDCAM to ProRes 422, ProRes 4444 conversion work in Mac OS X perfectly. It not only supplies professional profiles for most NLEs, like FCP, Premiere, iMovie, Avid .etc, but also offers many other common video formats for playing on TV or portable devices. Now, download the program and follow the guide below to start XDCAM EX to ProRes conversion.

How to convert XDCAM EX files to ProRes .mov with no quality loss

Step 1. Add XDCAM EX footage to converter

Once you run it, click “Add Video” button or “Add from folder” button to load your source files. When the XDCAM EX files are loaded to the Mac XDCAM EX converter, you can view the videos from the Preview window. Simply select an item and click the “Play” button. When the video is playing, you are allowed to take snapshoot.

Step 2. Choose ProRes MOV as output format

This XDCAM Converter Mac offers optimized format presets for Final Cut Pro, “Final Cut Pro -> Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)”, “Final Cut Pro -> Apple ProRes 422 HQ (*.mov)”, etc. Choose a one you need.

If the default settings do not fit your needs, you can click “Settings” button to adjust audio and video parameters as you like.

Step 3. Start XDCAM EX to ProRes MOV conversion

Click “Convert” button and the selected XDCAM EX MP4 files will be converted to Apple ProRes encode .mov files. You may check the converting progress and set auto shutdown in the conversion window. After conversion, click “Open” folder to find converted footage for importing to Final Cut Pro 6/7/X.

Additional Tips:
The versatile XDCAM EX to ProRes Converter is not only designed for converting XDCAM EX= files for Final Cut Pro. It is also professional in outputting MEPG-2, Apple InterMediate Codec, DNxHD, etc format for making XDCAM EX files editable in Adobe Premiere Pro, FCE, iMovie, Avid Media Composer, etc to meet your different needs.

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