Encode/Decode Sony a7II XAVC S to FCP 7 for Editing on Mac Yosemite

You may find Final Cut Pro 7 won’t import XAVC S files from Sony a7II smoothly. The easy workaround is to convert Sony a7II XAVC S to FCP 7 more “edit” friendly codec- Apple ProRes. Here is how.

While enjoying the stunning videos recorded of HD image quality, many users are having problems when trying to edit Sony a7II footage in FCP (includes FCP 6/7/X). Like edit your Sony a7II cameras XAVC S video in FCP with a simple way?

The Sony a7 II is the sequel to a camera series that bowled us over last year. Now it has come to us. In addition to highly detailed stills with smooth gradations, the a7II now has access to the high-bit-rate XAVC S format with 60p, 30p, and 24p recording options, all at 50 Mbps. If you've got some XAVC S material from a7II, you will research possible workflows for XAVC S to Final Cut Pro, so as to as have smooth work with the Sony a7II XAVC S in FCP 7. In this article, we will list specifics about a workflow of XAVC S codec from Sony a7II to Final Cut Pro 7.

In order to import Sony a7II XAVC S footage into FCP for smoothly editing, we can render to the third-party software to help convert XAVC S to Apple ProRes 422 MOV– native format for Final Cut Pro 6/7/X. Besides, it is also a best way to help the users to edit Sony Alpha a7II XAVC S in FCP smoothly.
Tips: FCP supported video formats

To achieve our goal, the quickest and easiest way is to use the easy-to-use yet professional software called Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac, with which we can effortlessly and flawlessly transcode Sony XAVC S footage to ProRes MOV for Final Cut Pro 6/7/X. It is safe to install and easy to use. Below will show you how to transcode Sony a7II XAVC S footage to ProRes MOV for Final Cut Pro in details.

Tutorial on converting Sony a7II XAVC S files to ProRes 422 for FCP 7:

Step 1: Launch the HD Video Converter on your Mac, and then click the “Add video” button to import your XAVC S files from Sony a7II directly. In order to import several files at one time, you can click “Add from folder” button.

Step 2: Click the “Format” bar to get the drop-down menu and you can get “Final Cut Pro>>Apple ProRes codec”, including ProRes 422, ProRes 422 (HQ), ProRes 422 (LT), ProRes 422 (Proxy) and ProRes 4444. Choose the proper one you want. Here, we suggest you to choose Apple ProRes 422 .mov as the best output format.

Step 3: Press the “Settings” icon and you’d better set the video frame rate as 30fps, video size as 1920*1080 for editing Sony a7II XAVC S in FCP 7 easily.

Step 4: Now, click "Convert" and let it go. The XAVC S HD Video Converter for Mac supports batch conversion. So if you have lots of XAVC S videos to convert, check “Shut down computer after conversion” and you can go away without keeping an eye on it.

Conclusion: Once the conversion process shows in 100%, click “Open” to get the output videos. Create a project and start Sony a7II editing XAVC S files in Final Cut Pro 7 with light speed.

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