Just got a Sony 4K camcorder a7S that shoots in XAVC S. I am editing with Final Cut Pro 7. As far as I know, XVAC-S won’t be natively supported by FCP 7. To import Sony a7S XAVC S to FCP 7, I need to convert the files XAVC S to ProRes with least quality loss as possible.
I’ve scoured the internet and found there are some complete instructions and utilities can achieve my goal. Some people have reported success converting XAVC S to ProRes with Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac and then editing them in Final Cut Pro 7 easily.
Overall, it is a professional Sony XAVC S to ProRes converter under Mac OS X(including Yosemite, Mavericks, Mountain Lion). With it, you can effortlessly transcode Sony a7S XAVC S files to ProRes 422, ProRes 4444 – ensuring maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with Final Cut Pro (no matter Final Cut Pro X, FCP 6 or FCP 7). The conversion is darn easy to be finished with only three clicks without loss of video quality.
Transcode Sony a7S XAVC S to ProRes for FCP 7
1. Load Sony XAVC S videos > Install the program on Mac and run it. Drag the XAVC S files to the software. Or you can also click “Add” button on the top of the main interface to import video to the program.
2. Choose FCP friendly format > Click the “Format” bar and select Final Cut Pro > Apple PreRes 422(*.mov) as output format. You also can click “Settings” to set video frame rate, video size and Video Bitrate as you want.
3. Start XAVC S to ProRes mov conversion > Click the “Convert” icon under the preview window; it will start converting a7S XAVC S to Prores MOV for FCP7 on Mac immediately.
After the conversion, launch Final Cut Pro, choose File > Import > Files…, to import the converted XAVC S clips to FCP.
This versatile XAVC S to ProRes Converter can also help you to encode XAVC/XAVC S video to iMovie, Adobe, FCE, Avid, etc with optimal presets. You just need to choose a proper video format like “iMovie and Final Cut Express -> Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)” in the second step. For Avid Media Composer, choose “Avid Media Composer > Avid DNxHD(*.mov)” as output; For Adobe Premiere Pro, choose Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas> MPEG-2(*.mpg) as output.