A fast way to encode XDCAM to ProRes on Mac OS X

Published on by Chris King

This is an easy workflow to convert Sony XDCAM to ProRes under Mac OS X for using in Final Cut Pro.


I've been looking through the postings and there are many comments about how to transcode from XDCAM to ProRes. I've run into 'general error' messages batching from FCP 7. So my question is, is there any software that I can use that will encode XDCAM to ProRes in real time? I'm running into huge issues editing with XDCAM and EX footage (general errors, memory errors).

One possible solution from a relevant forum is to use Log and Transfer to bring the footage into FCP (with the XDCAM plugin)...or use XDCAM Transfer Utility to wrap as QT and bring into FCP. Then output from FCP via a capture card to an AJA KiPro, or KiPro Mini. They record as ProRes.

But that's not what I want. Another workaround to get XDCAM EX to ProRes recommended by more than one guys is to get a app called Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac. The program comes with several optimized format for Final Cut Pro, which enables you to transcode raw XDCAM footage to ProRes 422, ProRes 422 HQ, ProRes 422 LT, ProRes 4444 for using in Final Cut Pro X, FCP 6, FCP 7 directly.

Free download the Sony XDCAM to ProRes 422 Converter:

download_mac.gif (Note: Click here for OS X 10.5)

Step 1. Launch the XDCAM to ProRes Converter program and click the "Add" button to load Sony XDCAM EX separate .mp4 files for converting.


Step 2. Click on the “Format” and you will get a dropdown menu and then select Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov), which is the best format for Final Cut Pro. ProRes 422 HQ, ProRes 422 Proxy, ProRes 422 LT, ProRes 4444 are also supported for your choice.


Step 3. Click “Settings” to set video resolution (1920×1080/1440×1080/1280×720/720×480), bitrate(from 1Mbps to 20Mbps), frame rate (24p/30p) as you like. To deinterlace, crop, trim XDCAM video, click “Edit” menu.


Step 4. After above settings, hit “Convert” button to start transcoding Sony XDCAM to ProRes for directly importing to Final Cut Pro.

After a quick conversion, you can click the Open icon to locate the converted ProRes MOV files. Now import your new ProRes files into FCP X or FCP 6/7. At this point the raw XDCAM footage will not be needed for your editing workflow, but you can choose to keep the raw footage for archiving process. Happy editing.

Related Guides:

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Converting 4K XAVC to Apple ProRes

Convert MTS to ProRes on Mac for FCP

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