How to Import Sony EX3 XDCAM MP4 footage into FCP 7 on Mac El Capitan

Summary: If you are a stranger to import Sony EX3 XDCAM MP4 footage to FCP 7 on Mac, please take few minutes to check this guide. You may get some tips.

Sometimes, we would like to use Final Cut Pro 7 to edit MP4 videos, which is from Sony EX3 XDCAM Camcorder videos. While, FCP 7 can’t handle with some types of MP4 files. So, the Sony EX3 XDCAM users start to seek the quick way to import Sony EX3 XDCAM MP4 footage into FCP 7 on Mac El Capitan.

”I'm editing a documentary series shot on Sony EX3. Due to time constraints, what's the step-by-step way I can edit MP4 footage natively in FCP 7? I heard rewrapping the EX3 using XDcam Transfer. How do I rewrap it/import these MP4 files quickly? Thanks!”

Here I’m glad to introduce a free way to you for rewrapping Sony EX3 MP4 footage. MPEG Streamclip is a powerful high-quality video converter, player and editor. If you are editing MP4 footage with FCP 7, chances are you already installed this great free utility.

We all know good things cost money. So the professional MP4 concerter - Pavtube HD Video Converter for Macwhich I’m going to recommend to you in the following part is very good at converting Sony EX3 MP4 files to FCP 7. This program supports creating high quality Apple ProRes Codec which is the most suitable codec for FPC 7 on Mac El Capitan – ensuring maximum editing quality and efficiency in FCP 7(certainly including the latest FCP X). In the meantime, it supports batch importing and converting Sony EX3 XDCAM MP4 footage and has a built-in video editor which enables you to do some pre-editing work with MP4 files.

If you want to know more about this software, please read Top 3 Best XAVC/XAVC S Video Converter for Mac Review

1. When converting MP4 footage using Final Cut Pro oriented format templates(e.g. Apple Prores), please ensure that your computer has Final Cut Pro installed, otherwise the converted files will have audio only without image.
2. If you are using FCP X, please make sure you have installed ProApps QuickTime Codecs, or you may get files with sound only without video.


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How to Import Sony EX3 XDCAM MP4 footage into FCP 7 on Mac El Capitan

Step 1. First things first, transfer MP4 footage from Sony EX3 XDCAM to your Mac with the complete structure.

Open the application the load the MP4 footage onto it. You can do that either by using drag and drop or by accessing "Add File" or "Add Fold" and then add the MP4 files.

Step 2. You can set "Final Cut Pro" as your output format directly, which will automatically set the resolution, bit rate and frame rate of the output file for you. Or you are able to customize the output setting by setting MOV, DV etc. as your output format. Just click on the format bar and follow "Final Cut Pro" > "Apple ProRes 422 HQ(*.mov)"

If you want to know more about Apple ProRes, please check Types of Apple ProRes CodecsApple ProRes Info & Tips,Apple ProRes Specifications.

Step 3. (Opyional) The MP4 to FCP Converter also can edit your MP4 footage before you start the conversion. It has some simple editing functions like split, crop, trim, add effect etc.

Step 4. Click the big "Convert" button at the bottom right corner, this Mac video converter will start to convert MP4 to FCP 7 immediately! After MP4 to FCP conversion is over, you can find your videos by clicking "Open" button. Now you are free to import the converted Sony EX3 XDCAM MP4 files in FCP 7 for further editing. Enjoy!

Related Software:
Pavtube Media Magician for Mac: If you want to manage/backup/convert Sony professional camcorder videos, you can try our another software - Pavtube Media Magician for Mac. This program can assist you manage/backup/combine/convert your camcorder footages for better editing in FCP/Avid Studio/iMovie/Adobe Premiere/After Effect, etc, playback on iPad/iPhone/Apple TV/Android Tablets, and sharing on YouTube.

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