Compatibility Import XAVC footage from Sony PXW-X160 to FCP X 10.1.1

Summary: Can Final Cut Pro deal with XAVC footage? Is there compatibility to import Sony PXW-X160 XAVC to FCP X 10.1.1. Follow this article, you will find the exact answer.


Sony PXW-X160 record in XAVC format.

In adition to MPEG2, AVCHD, and DV format, the Sony PXW-X160 can record video as XAVC Intra/Long GOP, The MXF file format is used for XAVC recording, efficiently compressing full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution using the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 codec. Image sampling is 4:2:2 10-bit with Intra-frame compression at 112 Mbps, or high-efficiency Long-GOP compression at 50/35/25 Mbps.

Can we import XAVC to FCP X 10.1.1 for editing

Sony’s XAVC format employs MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 level 5.2, the highest picture resolution and frame rate video compression codec based on industry standards. Just like XDCAM, XDCAM HD, and XDCAM EX , to make Sony XAVC compatible with Final Cut Pro X, you'll need to download and install the XAVC/XDCAM Plug-in for Apple p. This Camera Import Plug-in support for XAVC files shot on Sony SxS card, allowing viewing and editing capability in Final Cut Pro X. 

However, the XAVC Plug-in does not support Final Cut Pro 7 and FCP X. Hence you need to convert XAVC to Apple prores codec—the most compatible video codec for FCP series. You can try Aunsoft  iMedia Converter for Mac, an excellent Sony XAVC Converter for Mac. It also supports camera formats like AVCHD, DV, MOV, MXF, etc and common video files. Compatible OS: Mac OS X  like Mavericks, Mountain Lion, Lion, Snow Leopard, Leopard and Tiger.

Now donwload and get it installed and let’s work it out. 


How to convert Sony XAVC videos to Final Cut Pro X, FCP 7 and FCP 6

Step 1: click top left icons to load your XAVC video to this XAVC Converter for Mac. You can load individual videos by clicking ‘add videos’, or load the entire folder by clicking ‘add from folder’. 


Step 2: Choose Apple ProRes 422 codec for Final Cut Pro

Click the “Profile” option, and move mouse cursor to Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 HQ (*.mov) as output format. 

To get 1080 videos, we need to click the “Settings” button and choose 1920*1080 as output video resolution. 

Step 3: Convert Sony XAVC files for FCP. Click the read button Convert to start transcoding XAVC files to MOV for FCP. When the conversion is completed, click “Open” button to locate the converted Apple ProRes 422 MOV files for editing with Final Cut Pro. 

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