The Sony Alpha a7 III is a superb camera that has all the benefits of a full-frame sensor without the bulk. It supports 4K video recording in Sony’s new XAVC S codec. However, if you want to import Sony a7 III XAVC S to Final Cut Pro for editing the movies, you may find the high quality XAVC S format is not supported by Final Cut Pro(FCP X included) natively. So what’s the matter? Read this article and you can find you need.
About Sony a7 III
The Alpha a7 III Digital Camera from Sony is a well-rounded camera suitable for both photo and video applications in a variety of working situations. Refined for improved speed and low-light performance, the full-frame 24.2MP Exmor R BSI CMOS sensor and BIONZ X image processor pair to realize an impressive 10 fps continuous shooting rate and improved autofocus performance for faster, more reliable subject tracking along with wide frame coverage. This updated Fast Hybrid AF System employs a combination of 693 phase-detection points and 425 contrast-detection areas for quicker acquirement of focus in a variety of lighting conditions, and also maintains focus on subjects more effectively. In addition to speed and AF, the processing improvements also help to realize greater image clarity and reduced noise throughout the sensitivity range from ISO 100-51200, which can further be expanded to ISO 50-204800. Video recording capabilities have also been extended for enhanced quality when recording UHD 4K video with the full width of the full-frame sensor to minimize moiré and aliasing. Additionally, benefitting both stills and video operation, the a7 IIII utilizes a 5-axis SteadyShot INSIDE sensor-shift image stabilization, which is now effective to minimize the appearance of camera shake by up to 5 stops.
In general, we can import or log and transfer media files like MOV, AVCHD, DV, XACAM to FCP for editing. But XAVC S is a new one, not widely supported including Apple’s Final Cut Pro X/7. To make Sony a7 III XAVC files compatible with FCP, the easy workaround is to convert XAVC S to ProRes, which ensures best results when using in Final Cut Pro. UFUSoft Video Converter for Mac is the solid tool to help users make the XAVC S to ProRes .mov transcoding on Mac OS X(High Sierra, Sierra and El Capitan included).
With it, you effortlessly encode/re-encode XAVC S footage shot from Sony a7 III to FCP highly compatible ProRes MOV, ensuring maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with FCP. Besides, its also exports advanced encoders like Apple Intermediate Codec, DNxHD, MPEG-2, etc. allowing you to convert video to seamlessly fit iMovie, Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere, etc. Below are the steps on converting XAVC S to ProRes on Mac OS X.
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CONVERTING SONY a7 III XAVC S FOR EDITING IN FINAL CUT PRO
Step 1: Import XAVC S videos
Install and run the XAVC S to ProRes Converter on your Mac, then run it. Click on “Add”, and browse your files; select all the XAVC S files you wanna convert. If you want to combine all the files together for easy importing to Avid, please tick the box “Merge into one” on the main interface.
Step 2: Choose ProRes as output format
You just need to go to “Final Cut Pro-> “Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” as the best video format for editing XAVC S in FCP with good video quality.
Tips: Adjust video, audio settings
Click the “Settings” button and customize proper video/audio parameters including Video size, bitrate and fame rate and more.
Step 3: Start XAVC S to ProRes conversion
After all necessary settings, hit the convert button to start encoding XAVC S to 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 a7 III XAVC S in Final Cut Pro X or FCP 7 smoothly.