Now 4k camcorders become more and more popular. Sony seems show the lasting enthusiasm to keep on announcing 4K cameras. For instance, using Sony’s XAVC recording format that first employed in PMW-F55 CineAlta 4K camera, Sony PXW-Z100 adopts MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 compression for HD (1920×1080), QFHD (3840×2016) and 4K (4096×2160) content. Future upgrades are planned for 2014 to support AVCHD codec recording. So here is a problem. How to edit PXW-Z100 XAVC/AVCHD in FCP 7?
Since the XAVC/AVCHD format can't be supported well by most video editing programs on Mac, a suggestion is to convert PXW-Z100 XAVC/AVCHD to ProRes for easily editing in FCP 7. Here introduces Aunsoft iMedia Converter for Mac. As we know, camcorders formats become multiple for the new cameras continuously come out, from the TOD, MOD and MOV to AVCHD, MXF, etc. Some camcorders can even support multiple recording formats. For instance, Sony 4k cameras, such as F65, PMW-F55/F5 and NEX-FS700 also records in MXF format. So a single format supported converter seems a little less power. More than a XAVC/AVCHD to FCP converter, iMedia Converter for Mac is also can convert MXF/MOV/MP4/MOD/TOD to FCP, iMovie, FCE, Avid, Adobe Premiere, etc on Mac.
Below is a step-to-step tutorial to convert PXW-Z100 XAVC/AVCHD to ProRes for FCP 7. Hope it is helpful.
Step 1: Import
Click "add video" or "add folder" to load Sony PXW-Z100 XAVC/AVCHD. You can also directly drag files to the program. The program supports batch conversion and allows you capture images.
Check the "Merge into one" box to merge all clips into one big file.
Step 2: Select export format
Click the "format" and choose the "Final Cut Pro -> Apple ProRes 422 HQ (*.mov)" Here ProRes 422 HQ is recommended here.
ProRes 422, ProRes 422 LT, ProRes 422 Proxy and ProRes 4444 are also available for different needs. For instance, in most circumstances, ProRes 422 HQ is sufficient. But if you are planning to do heavy grading or VFX work from the ProRes, converting XAVC/AVCHD to ProRes 4444 is desirable.
Step 3: Transcoding settings (Optional)
Click the "Settings" button to adjust output profile settings. Here your can adjust bitrates, encode, frame rate, resolution, aspect ratio, sample rate, channels, etc.
Step 4: Conversion
Click "Conversion" icon and the Sony PXW-Z100 XAVC/AVCHD to FCP 7 Converter will run at ultrafast speed. With just a click on "Open output folder", you can locate the export converted and merged ProRes MOV easily.
Part 2: Transfer PXW-Z100 XAVC/AVCHD to FCP 7
To import the transcoded files into Final Cut Pro 7, simply navigate to File > Import > Files and select the converted clips. Alternately you can simply drag and drop the files into your “Bin.” Note that this process using Compresor replaces the need to "Log and Transfer" as you would with typical camcorders.