Import Sony AX33 Christmas 4K Recordings to FCP X

Summary: Can’t edit Sony AX33 Christmas 4K recordings in FCP X? Don’t worry. Actually, the causes are not so complex and I’ll offer some tips to help you fix it.

The 4K Christmas videos you record using Sony AX33 are encoded in XAVC S codec. We can know that FCP X is able to support XAVC S codec from Apple official document. So far, the software support service is OK, let’s check the hardware support. Your MacBook may have no problem with playing Sony AX33 Christmas 4K recordings, but editing them in FCP X is totally different. Editing and polishing 4K recordings have a very high requirement with GPU. So if the speed of your Mac’s GPU isn’t able to catch up with the requirement, then editing problem will happen.

In order to import and edit Sony AX33 Christmas 4K recordings in FCP X smoothly, I would give a little advice to you here. Downgrading Sony AX33 Christmas 4K recordings to 1080p (1920 x 1080) will be much helpful for editing them in FCP X. And if you install a professional 4K transcoder, the 4K downgrading process will be much quicker. 

Now I’m going to recommend an excellent 4K transcoder to you - Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac. This App is able to downgrade Sony AX33 Christmas 4K recordings to 1080p. Besides, it provides a multifunctional panel to let you adjust the Bit Rate, Frame Rate, Audio Channel, etc. In the meantime, it can convert Sony AX33 4K recordings to MOV formats which is encoded in Apple ProRes Codec for FCP X or to AIC MOV for iMovie.

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


1. When converting XAVC S 4K 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.

How to Import Sony AX33 4K Recordings to FCP X

Step 1. Load 4K videos

First launch the App, click "Add Video" or "Add from folder" button to browse and choose your Sony AX33 Christmas 4K recordings.

Step 2. Choose the preset format

The 4K transcoder has prepared an output profile for FCP X. Just click the format bar and follow "Final Cut Pro" to click "Apple Prores 422 HQ(*.mov)".

Step 3. Resize Parameters

In the step, click "Settings" to pop up “Profile Settings” window. You can resize the resolution by changing the number of “Size(pix)” option to 1920 x 1080.

Step 4. Start the conversion.

When the preparations are done, click the "Convert" button in the main UI, and the App will start to downgrade Sony AX33 4K recordings to 1080p. When it hints the process in finished, you are able to import and edit Sony AX33 Christmas 4K Recordings in FCP X with no problem. Enjoy!

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