Can’t import Sony PXW-Z450 XAVC footage into FCP X and FCP7? This issue may happen due to various reasons. If you are trying to figure out a way solve the issue, you are just here in the right place. Here in this tutorial, we present a way of encoding Sony PXW-Z450 MXF video files to ProRes codec for working with Final Cut Pro flawlessly.
The Sony PXW-Z450 4K UHD Shoulder Camcorder from Sony features a single Exmor R CMOS sensor with 3840 x 2160 resolution. The PXW-Z450 camcorder supports the Sony XAVC codec up to 4K UHD, 1080/59.94p and 50p recording, in addition to MPEG and DVCAM formats.
As we all know, the recorded video format by Sony PXW-Z450 is MXF, which is the abbreviation of Material eXchange Format. It is an open file format, targeted at the interchange of audio-visual material with associated data and metadata. People who want to edit Sony PXW-Z450 XAVC footage with Final Cut Pro X or Final Cut Pro 7 usually encounter video and audio problems, as .mxf format is efficient, but simply isn’t engineered to maintain quality during complex post production effects processing. You may want to get Sony Camera Import Plug-In for Apple Final Cut Pro X (FCPX), but you can’t install the Plug-In for all versions.
Uncompressed HD format delivers superior image quality, but data rates and file sizes can stop a workflow dead in its tracks. Although Apple claimed FCP X and FCP 7 supports MXF, the MXF format is not ideal for editing yet – even if FCP X/7 can successfully ingest your Sony PXW-Z450 videos, it still needs a long time for rendering. Well, Apple ProRes format delivers both efficiency and quality without compromises. So, before transferring Sony PXW-Z450 files to FCP X and FCP 7, you’d better convert Sony PXW-Z450 to ProRes codec for smoothly editing.
To convert Sony PXW-Z450 4K MXF to ProRes quickly and easily, Acrok MXF Converter for Mac is highly recommended. This program features high efficiency and seamless conversion. The program is capable of converting Sony XDCAM as well as Canon XF and Panasonic P2 MXF to ProRes, DNxHD, MPEG-2, H.264, H.265, Apple Intermediate Codec, etc. for smoothly importing and editing with Professional video editing software. If you’re using a Windows PC, please turn to its equivalent Windows version here. Below is the workflow of Sony PXW-Z450 to ProRes MOV conversion.
Free download Sony PXW-Z450 to FCP Converter
1. Convert MXF to other videos
Powerful video converting software can help you convert MXF to MP4, AVI, MOV, WMV, HD videos, MP3.
2. Support professional video editing software
Transcode MXF files to Sony Vegas, Adobe Premiere, Windows Movie Maker, Avid, etc.
3. Supports multiple audio tracks/channels
Import and export MXF with multiple audio tracks/channels
4. Merge source MXF files
Join different source MXF videos together and output a single video. Then you can enjoy a long output movie.
5. Adjust output video effect
To customize the output profile, users can adjust the output Resolution, Bitrate, Frame Rate, Encoder, Channels, and Sample Rate.
Download and install MXF FCP Converter on Mac (compatible with macOS 10.14 Mojave, 10.13 High Sierra, 10.12 Sierra; Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan, 10.10 Yosemite, 10.9 Mavericks, 10.8 Mountain Lion, 10.7 Lion, 10.6 Snow Leopard, 10.5 Leopard and lower versions). Run this program, you will find the interface is very brief, this program is very easy to use.
Step 1: Now please click add files button to import the Sony PXW-Z450 recordings from your camera or from a folder stored on your HDD that you want to convert, you can add batch files at one time.
Attention: While importing MXF clips to Sony PXW-Z450 Video Converter for conversion, please make sure you have the entire MXF file structure as it saved on your camcorder. If you only have some separate .MXF clips, your files will have image only without audio.
Step 2: Click Format on the main interface and choose Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422(*.mov) as output format.
Step 3: If you would like to customize the video and audio parameters, you can click “Settings”, adjust the parameters as you want, like Video Codec, aspect ratio, bit rate, frame rate, Audio codec, sampling rate, bit rate, channels. For getting 4K output videos, please selece “Orginal” in resolution option.
Step 4: Click “Convert”to start to convert Sony PXW-Z450 videos to FCP X and FCP 7 ProRes codec for native editing. Once the conversion completes, simply click “Open” button to get the converted MOV files. And now you can bring the output MOV files into FCP X/7 to create your own masterpieces.
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