Not long ago Sony released its new Alpha A9 DSLR, have you recorded some 1080p or 4K videos with Sony A9? In this article we want to share the best Sony A9 to FCP X importing and editing workflow, and then you can edit Sony A9 videos with Apple ProRes codec in FCP X natively.
Sony A9 to FCP X Editing Question
“Hi there, I purchased a new Sony A9 DSLR to take photos and record videos during my trip, in the past days I have recorded a lot of videos and now I want to edit them with Final Cut Pro X, and then I will share my recordings with friends on YouTube. Today when I try to load videos from Sony A9 to FCP X, I find the recordings cannot be loaded smoothly, my videos are in 1080p AVCHD MTS format and 4K XAVC S MP4 format, can anyone tell me the way to edit Sony A9 files with Final Cut Pro X? Any suggestion is appreciated, thanks!”
Sony A9 is a very powerful DSLR that can record full HD 1080p videos in MP4 format as well as 4K UHD videos in XAVC S format, Full HD 1080p recording is also supported in frame rates up to 120 fps, and both resolutions utilize the 100 Mbps XAVC S format contained within an MP4 wrapper with 4:2:0 sampling. 4K video recording also avails the ability to produce 8MP stills during playback by taking a frame grab from a movie and storing it as a separate file. In this case, Sony A9 turns out to be one of the best cameras when you want to take photos and record videos.
More and more users have bought Sony A9 to take photos and record videos, after they recorded videos with Sony A9 most of them will choose to edit the footages with Final Cut Pro X on Mac, but many users have encountered the issue to import and edit Sony A9 AVCHD MTS videos and XAVC S MP4 videos, they found the videos cannot be imported and edited smoothly, what’s the reason? It is because Sony A9 recorded AVCHD MTS and XAVC S MP4 videos are not natively supported by FCP X, if you want to edit Sony A9 videos smoothly you will need to convert Sony A9 videos to FCP X natively supported Apple ProRes 422 codec MOV format, the Apple ProRes 422 codec is the native editing codec for Final Cut Pro X, once you convert videos from Sony A9 to FCP X Apple ProRes, you can edit Sony A9 videos with FCP X natively.
Step 1. Download Acrok Video Converter Ultimate for Mac from the link, this program is the best software to convert Sony A9 AVCHD MTS videos and XAVC S MP4 videos to FCP X best format, what’s more, you can use it to convert other HD videos like MP4, MOV, MKV, AVI, etc. to any formats you need, there are many optimized output formats in this Sony A9 to FCP X converter. Besides HD video conversion, you can also use it to rip Blu-ray and DVD disc movies to unprotected common videos, such as convert Blu-ray to MKV, convert Blu-ray to MP4, etc. and then you can watch converted Blu-ray or DVD movies on any devices freely.
Step 2. Load videos into this Sony A9 FCP X converter. Please click “Add Files” button on the top left corner, and then you can import Sony A9 recorded AVCHD MTS videos and XAVC S MP4 videos. If you want to convert Blu-ray or DVD disc/ISO movies, please click “Load Disc” button to import.
Step 3. Choose FCP X native supported Apple ProRes codec for output. Please click format column on the main interface, and then choose Final Cut Pro -> Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov), with this format you can edit videos with Final Cut Pro X smoothly.
Step 4. Before convert videos from Sony A9 to FCP X, you can click “Settings” button to adjust the output resolution, Bitrate, frame rate, codec, etc. you can adjust these parameters according to your need.
Step 5. Click convert button on the main interface, Sony A9 to FCP X conversion will begin.
When the Sony A9 to Final Cut Pro X conversion is finished, you can load converted videos into FCP X on Mac, and then you can edit the recordings with FCP X smoothly, you don’t need to render anymore, and there will be no problems anymore.
Main feature of Sony A9
24.2MP Full-Frame Stacked CMOS Sensor
Blackout-Free Quad-VGA 3.7m-Dot OLED EVF
BIONZ X Image Processor & Front-End LSI
3.0″ 1.44m-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
693-Point AF System & 20 fps Shooting
Built-In Wi-Fi/Bluetooth, Dual SD Slots
Internal UHD 4K Video Recording
Integrated LAN and PC Sync Terminals
ISO 204,800, Silent Electronic Shutter
5-Axis SteadyShot INSIDE Stabilization