How to Edit Sony PMW-500 MXF Files in FCP X

‘Guys I need some help! I shot some live show recordings outside during the Spring Festival in China ShangHai with Sony PMW-500 camcorder and I wanna make them smaller and perfect with my FCP X there. Then it would be wonderful to share with my friends in the USA Los Angeles. However, FCP seems cannot accept the MXF recordings. Should I change another editing program as a try?’

As Sony Professional's first XDCAM HD 422 Camcorder with solid state recording, it supports full-HD 422 50-Mbps MXF record and playback based on highly developed MPEG-2 Long GOP compression technology. Though with the high definition video clips, it is common for us to edit the MXF footage in FCP X because you must do not know yet the FCP X has the best supported video formats, right? Just as same as the issues you met with Premiere Pro ,etc. In this case, some MXF transcode tips are necessary.

How can I edit my Sony PMW-500 MXF recordings in FCP X in a flawless way? Fortunately, the best reliable workaround I’ve found is the Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac, which is a professional yet easy-to-use MXF Converter on Mac OS X. Easily convert MXF to ProRes MOV for FCP X, you won’t be disappointed here. 

Here is the step-by-step we need to learn to convert Sony PMW-500 MXF to ProRes 422 for FCP X:
Step 1. Run the MXF to FCP converter and open the main interface o your computer, we can directly drop the files in or with another way, ‘Add video’ or Add from folder’ can both be the available importing ones.

Step 2. Select the suitable ones as your favorite. click the “Format” option, choose the Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 video (*.mov). And navigate to the Final Cut Pro group, you will notice that there are profiles with Apple ProRes 422, Apple ProRes 422(HQ), Apple ProRes 422(LT), Apple ProRes 422(Proxy), etc.

Step 3. (Optional) Merge Sony PMW-500 MXF files and Choose video size as original. Select all the files in the filelist, then click the Merge the Files, and the Mac Sony PMW 500 1920×1080 MXF converter will join and combine the video clips into a single file as output.

Finally, with all the preparation work done, let’s hit the ‘Convert’ item on the main interface to get the work started, Just with no needs for changing the editing program if you have been so familiar with it. After transferring the output files into FCP X, then just enjoy editing your Sony PMW-500 MXF recordings.

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