Importing DV Footage into FCE from Sony PMW-320

‘Hi there, I’m recently troubled in importing my Sony PMW-320 DV footage to Final Cut Express for editing, such as the ‘unsupported’ or ‘errors’ always appeared on my screen. Any good suggestions there I can take to edit my DV files in FCE with no issues?’

Similar to the PMW-350, the PMW-320 supports multiple frame rate recording such as 59.94i, 50i, and native 23.98P and 25P as well as being 1080i/720P switchable. Sony PMW-320 XDCAM camcorders' video format is MXF. Apart from its crystal clear pictures, I was a bit disappointed after loading some footage from the PMW 320 to my Mac tool FCE for editing because FCE has its’ own best supported video formats, for example, MOV encoded by Apple Intermediate Codec(AIC). On the other way, even if you have succeed in importing Sony PMW320 MXF footage to FCE, it still need so much time for rendering, right? So any other useful MXF tips we could take as good measures?

So luckily enough, I here have found the workaround. To make it easier to import Sony PMW-320 DV to FCE for editing, we suggest you to work the Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac as a try. Working so nicely for all Mac OS operations, it also can preserve the high video quality with an easy operation after the conversion. Read the related review, you will know more.

Let’s learn how to convert Sony PMW-320 DV footage to AIC MOV for FCE:
Step 1. Download, install and run this DV to FCE Video Converter for Mac from Pavtube. Click the “Add Video” or ‘Add from folder’ button to import original files from the Sony PMW-320 camcorder. You can backup your recordings on hard drive first if necessary

Step 2. Click the format bar and you will find an option menu on the interface. So easily you can find the suitable items for FCE there. ‘iMovie/Final Cut Express’>>’Apple Intermediate Codec(AIC)(*.mov)’ could be our best available one.

Additional Tips: You can click the ‘Setting’ icon on the main interface to do some audio/video settings as you need. You can set the video size as 1920*1080 or just keep the original and set frame rate as 30fps(25fps for PAL) to get a perfect output video. 

Step 3. Once you have done all the preparation work, just go back to the main interface to hit the ‘Convert’ button to start our job. No needs to wait for a long time, we can transfer the output files into FCE as usual steps like ‘Add’>>’Add media/files’ etc. For now, any issues still there when editing Sony PMW-320 DV recordings in FCE? Welcome to make us know.

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