Convert Sony F55 1080 150fps XAVC to ProRes 422 HQ


Have you got a Sony PMW F55 4K Cinema Camera? Do you want to edit Sony F55 XAVC codec using Final Cut Pro? This article helps you transcode F55 1080 150fps XAVC footage to Prores 422 HQ

The Sony PMW-F55 creatives options for HD/2K/QFHD/4K (PMW-F55). The camera offers multi-codec support featuring Sony's new XAVC MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 format, the SR codec (MPEG4 SStP) and the industry-standard High Definition XDCAM 50Mbps 4:2:2 codec. In addition to on-board recording onto SxS PRO+, the PMW-F55 can also be connected to the new AXS-R5 RAW recorder. Slow-motion imagery at up to 240fps can be captured as 4K RAW files on newly developed AXS memory.

I'm a MD / producer/director exposure films ltd, I have recorde some videos TV, digital and commercial with my Sony F55 at 120 fps. Since the XAVC Codec is a peripheral non-standard format which is not supported by FCP. I choose to convert XAVC to Apple ProRes 422 MOV– native codec for Final Cut Pro. For giving priority to video quality and transcoding settings, I download free trail iMedia Converter for Mac, which allows me to set frame rate as 23.976, 24, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, or 60. 60fps is the highest frame rate that FCP X can handle while 29.97fps(30p) is most appropriate.

Below is a step-by-step guide to Convert/Import Sony PMW-F55 1080P XAVC to ProRes HQ for editing smoothly with Final Cut Pro on Mac

Tips: Before you try to do the conversion, if you are also a FCP X user, please make sure that you have installed the Apple ProRes Codec manually since the FCP X asks users to install it by themselves.

Step 1. Install and run the XAVC to ProRes Converter, which can convert nearly all canon cameras' videos to any formats you need, such as Apple Prores 422 MOV, Apple InterMediate Codec MOV, QuickTime MOV, etc.

Step 2. Click format bar to choose output format for use in FCP 6/7 or FCP X. Choose Final Cut Pro -> Apple ProRes 422(HQ) (*.mov) as best video format for editing Sony XAVC in Final Cut Pro as well as good video quality.

Step 3. Click "Convert" button to start the conversion from Sony F55 XAVC footage to Apple ProRes MOV on Mac OS X.

After the workflow, you can go to the output folder to find the converted video files. Now you are free to log and transfer or import/edit Sony PMW-F55 XAVC videos in Final Cut Pro 6/7 or FCP X under Mac without problems. 

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Comments: 2
  • #1

    wlp (Monday, 29 June 2015 04:29)

  • #2

    XAVC to ProRes (Monday, 20 June 2016 21:45)

    It sounds much workable. I will have a try.

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