Sony HDR-AZ1 XAVC S/MP4 and FCP X/7/6 Workflow

The splashproof Sony HDR-AZ1 Action Cam Mini is designed for capturing POV footage of adventures of all kinds. It features 1080p60 recording in the lower-compression XAVC S format at 50 Mbps and also offers a more compressed MP4 mode for extending recording times or to yield a file suitable for Web upload. In addition to video, it also takes 11.9-megapixel still photos with the option for single shot, burst shooting at up to 8 fps, and interval recording for creating time-lapse effects.

The point here, you will find it a painful experience to import Sony HDR-AZ1 XAVC S/MP4 media to Final Cut Pro 6/7 or FCP X to edit the movies. There’re some frequently asked questions quoted as below.

Sony HDR-AZ1 and FCP X Workflow – Has anyone worked with media from the Sony HDR-AZ1 camera. Looking for some tips regarding post workflow and getting the media into FCP X. Import XML isn’t working, it asks for a navigational file and gives us an error. Any and all advice is welcome and appreciated.

The basic reason why we can’t work Sony HDR-AZ1 XAVC S with FCP is that XAVC S codec is a new one, and is not widely supported. To make the XAVC S compatible with FCP, the easy workaround is to convert XAVC S to ProRes MOV, which ensures best results when using in Final Cut Pro 7 or FCP X. UFUSoft XAVC Converter for Mac is the solid tool to help users make the XAVC S to ProRes transcoding on Mac OS X.

With it, you effortlessly encode/re-encode XAVC S footage shot from Sony HDR-AZ1 to FCP highly compatible ProRes MOV, ensuring maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with Final Cut Pro X or FCP 7/6. Besides, its also exports advanced encoders like Apple Intermediate Codec, DNxHD, etc. allowing you to convert video to seamlessly fit iMovie, iDVD, Adobe Premiere, Avid Media Composer, etc. If you are editing Sony HDR-AZ1 XAVC S or MP4 with Final Cut Pro 7/6 or FCP X, chances are you already installed this great free utility. If not, download it it from here. Below are the steps on converting XAVC S to ProRes MOV for FCP.

Convert/Import Sony HDR-AZ1 XAVC S/MP4 to Final Cut Pro for editing smoothly with Apple ProRes Codec on Mac

Step 1. Free Download the Mac Sony XAVC S Transcoder for FCP to your Mac. Install and run it. It’s excellent Sony HDR-AZ1 video converter which can convert Sony HDR-AZ1 XAVC S/MP4 videos to any formats you need, such as Apple Prores 422 MOV, Apple InterMediate Codec MOV, QuickTime MOV, etc.

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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 (*.mov).

Here we recommend the Apple ProRes 422.

Step 3. Click “Convert” button to start the conversion from Sony HDR-AZ1 XAVC S/MP4 footage to FCP Apple ProRes MOV on Mac OS.

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 HDR-AZ1 XAVC S/MP4 videos in Final Cut Pro 6/7 or FCP X under Mac without problems.

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