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Feb 17

Sony EX-1 XDCAM MXF Files and FCP X Incompatibility Issues on Mac Yosemite has Fixed!

As time goes by, more and more digital cameras have been released during the days. Also, some problems are followed here, such as can’t give a playback on media players or open in editing software, right?

Recently, I found a post on the forum said there are always some issues when importing Sony EX-1 XDCAM MXF files in FCP X for a further editing. Back to the causes, XDCAM is a series of products for digital recording using random access solid-state memory media, introduced by Sony. It has four different product lines, including the XDCAM SD (SD XDCAM is an IMX format wrapped in an MXF file), XDCAM HD, XDCAM EX and XDCAM HD422, differing in types of encoder used, frame size, container type and in recording media.

XDCAM SD records MXF file-based media to an optical disc format. XDCAM HD extends XDCAM to include HD video. XDCAM EX adds full-resolution 1920*1080 or 1280*720 modes and ExpressCard-based recording. XDCAM HD422 doubles the chroma-resolution compared to the previous generations of high-definition video XDCAM formats.

Since XDCAM isn’t the greatest thing to use in FCP X and MXF, which is a container format, indeed gets the limitation with FCP X, so third-party software to convert XDCAM MXF files from Sony EX-1 to FCP X best supported Apple ProRes 422 MOV format is the ideal tool. An effective method and highly recommended software Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac can handle very well.


Steps to convert Sony EX-1 XDCAM MXF files to FCP X for editing on Mac Yosemite:

Step 1: Open up the best MXF Mac Converter. Click “Add video” button to browse and load your source files. If you need to import an entire file folder directly, simply click “Add from folder” tab.

Step 2: For a second step, to find the ProRes .mov for FCP X, drop down the output list, “Final Cut Pro>>Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” is waiting there, or surely you can search it in the “searching box”.

Tips: “Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” and “Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) (*.mov)” have higher qualities. “Apple ProRes 422 (LT) (*.mov)” and “Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy) (*.mov)” have smaller size. You can choose according to your requirement.

Step 3: Why not take around the “Settings” button on the main interface? Here, we can adjust our video size, (just according to personal requirements), bitrates or frame rate, remember that you should set them in appropriate default or you might not get an ideal effect.

Step 4: Finally, click “Convert” button. No worries about too long you should wait there. After converting, you can get the converted MXF files you need on Mac Yosemite and edit them in FCP X smoothly.

Conclusion: Once you work with MXF footage, there seems to lack multiple track solution, right? Here we recommend you the iMixMXF, which has the strong ability of smoothly converting MXF files with multi-track.

Further Reading:

  • Editing Canon XF305 MXF Files in FCP X with Multi-track Audio: I filmed using Canon XF305 camera using 2 clip mics and want to edit in Apple Final Cut Pro X. I’ve tried several programs but always loss some of the audio channels. Pls I need to edit both the original two channels in my FCP X. How can I solve this?
  • How to extract audio from Canon DSLR video to MP3 on Mac: How many times have you watched a canon dslr video with a fantastic piece of music on it? Wouldn’t it be great if you could make an MP3 file to play on your iOS & Android devices, Mac, or MP3/Media Player? As long as you don’t infringe on copyrighted material, there’s a great selection of audio extraction tool that you can use to generate digital audio files from video.
  • JVC 4K Videos Workflows with After Effects CC/CS6 on Windows/Mac: 4K footage looks amazing but if you don’t know how to set up your projects it can make video editing a real nightmare. Wanna import JVC 4K footage to Adobe After Effects CC/CS6 for editing? Just follow this guide.
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