Sony F65 Workflow for Getting raw 4K Files Into Apple Aperture 3 on Mac

Summary: In this article you can find the best method to edit Sony F65 MXF videos in Apple Aperture 3 on Mac, just learn how to convert raw 4K MXF files for Aperture 3 to get best F65 editing workflow.

The holy grail of new digital cinema cameras looks to be here and it’s the Sony F65. The specs are amazing: Wider gamut than 35mm film, 4:4:4 color space, 16-bit RAW encoding, 8K resolution, 120 FPS, the list goes on and on. It really feels like this is truly the first camera that could replace 35mm film.

Are you planning to edit your 4K camera Sony F65 recorded raw MXF files with Aperture 3? If so, you may meet some trouble as below.

"Trying to pull in footage shot with a Sony F65 (mxf) and get ingest errors/failure with Apple Aperture 3. Perhaps there is some transcode step I am missing? Can you help? Is there a recommended workflow for me to move F65 MXF files from an HDD to Aperture?"

You may meet similar problem with importing Sony F65 4K MXF into Apple Aperture 3 on Mac, the main problems are the video formats not supported to import, as many video codecs are not compatible with Apple Aperture 3. The best compatible format is Apple ProRes 422 codec MOV format.

To help Sony F65 owners get rid of this trouble, here offers the easy way to import and edit Sony F65 MXF in Apple Aperture 3. At first, to get the work done, Pavtube MXF Converter Mac is the best third party program to achieve your goal smoothly. This article will guide you through how to transcode Sony F65 MXF footage to best format for editing in Apple Aperture 3 without problems. You can follow the steps below.

Step 1: Run Pavtube Mac MXF to MOV Converter for Apple Aperture 3, click “Add file” or “Add from folder” button to load your source MXF clips or drag and drop the F65 MXF files to the converter. You are allowed to add multiple files to convert at a time.

Step 2: Click format column and choose the output format. You are recommended to choose Final Cut Pro -> Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov), it’s great for editing in Apple Aperture 3.


  • To get betterl video quality for editing in FCP, select “Apple ProRes 422 HQ”; 
  • For SD levels – 480i/p and 576i/p and offline workflows, select “Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy)”; 
  • To edit and finish 4:4:4 material, choose “Apple ProRes 4444″. 

Learn more Apple ProRes, please refer to Types of Apple ProRes Codecs

Step 3: Click settings button to adjust the output video’s parameters, such as bitrate, resolution, etc.

Step 4: Start converting Sony F65 MXF videos to Apple Aperture 3.

After converting, you can load Sony F65 MXF video to Apple Aperture 3 for editing as you want, now you can have a try.


Now there is a new updated Pavtube iMixMXF for converting multi-track MXF to Apple ProRes for Apple Aperture 3 editing. It is a wonderful tool to preserve all the audio and subtitle tracks from original MXF file. Besides selecting multiple tracks you need, you can also mix the multiple audio tracks into one for output. Go to try it if you are interested in multiple tracks.

See also:

Import Canon XF100/XF105/XF300/XF305 MXF to Sony Vegas Pro
Get Sony XDCAM HD MXF, IMX files into Adobe After Effects CS4/CS5/CS6
Edit SONY PDW-700 XDCAM HD MXF in Vegas Movie Studio 12

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