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Importing Sony PXW-Z150 to Final Cut Pro X/7

This article offers a brief guide about how to transcode and transfer Sony PXW-Z150 XAVC footages to Final Cut Pro for smooth editing. Learn details now.

Importing Sony PXW-Z150 to Final Cut Pro X/7

I have got and used a Sony PXW-Z150 for days. I’ve captured a pile of XAVC files. Now I’m just curious if people can work with Sony PXW-Z150 XAVC in Final Cut Pro natively as I plan to edit the XAVC clips from Sony PXW-Z150 in FCP creating some effects I want.

I have scoured the internet, tried everything I could find about the Sony PWX-Z150 XAVC to Final Cut Pro workflow. The final result I found from all relevant forums is that FCP doesn't do XAVC files perfectly especially in old version FCP X or Final Cut Pro 7. A decent solution is to use a third-party video app to convert Sony PXW-Z150 XAVC clips to ProRes for FCP before editing. Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac is what most guys recommend.

Overall, it is a professional XAVC Converter under Mac OS X(macOS Sierra, El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks, Mountain Lion included). With it, you can transcode Sony PXW-Z150 XAVC videos to FCP X, FCP 7 without any quality loss. It provides optimal presets including Apple ProRes for Final Cut Pro, DNxHD for Avid, Apple InterMediate Codec for iMovie, MPEG-2 for Adobe Premiere and more. What’s more, it can work as a 4K video converter that enables you to encode 4K to FCP, iMovie, Avid MC, etc NLEs. Just download it and follow the tutorial below to get the work done.

Tutorial: Editing Sony PWX-Z150 XAVC in Final Cut Pro 7/X

Step 1: Load XAVC footage to the converter

Run the best XAVC to FCP Converter and click Add button, browse to the Sony PWX-Z150 footages and load them to the converter for conversion. You can check the “Merge into one” box to join several files together.

Step 2: Choose a proper output format

Click on Format, and from the dropdown menu, here I recommend Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov) as the output format. Then you can set the output folder as you want.

Step 3: Adjust video, audio settings

Click the "Settings" button and customize proper video/audio parameters including Video size, bitrate and fame rate and mroe. Usually 1920*1080 video size and 30fps video frame rate are recommended for FCP editing.

Step 4: Start XAVC to ProRes conversion

After all necessary settings, hit the convert button to start converting XAVC video to ProRes for FCP on Mac OS X.

Once the conversion process shows in 100%, click Open to get the output videos. Create a project and start editing Sony PXW-Z150 XAVC files in Final Cut Pro 7 or FCP X with light speed.

Additional Tips:

This XAVC to ProRes Converter can also help you to encode XAVC video to iMovie, Adobe, FCE, Avid, etc. 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.

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