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Edit Sony FDR-AX33 4K XAVC S in Final Cut Pro/iMovie

The following article mainly talks about the way to transfer XAVC S files from Sony FDR-AXP33 to FCP and iMovie. Keep reading to get tips and tricks.

Edit Sony FDR-AX33 4K XAVC S in Final Cut Pro/iMovie

As you see, Sony FDR-AX33 relives memories in rich 4K resolution in XAVC S codec with about four times more detail than Full HD. However, the problem that filmmaker considered is that how to make these outstanding 4K XAVC S videos from Sony FDR-AX33 into Final Cut Pro/iMovie or other NLEs for editing smoothly. Now this article will offer you tips and tricks for importing Sony AX33 XAVC S to Final Cut Pro or iMovie.

As we know, XAVC S (*.mp4) format is efficient but it is not ideal for editing, which isn't engineered to maintain quality during complex post production effects processing. Uncompressed HD format delivers superior image quality, but data rates and file sizes can stop a workflow dead in its tracks. To solve the problem, the quick workaround is to transcode Sony FDR-AX33 XAVC S to FCP, iMovie natively supported formats (Apple ProRes and Apple InterMediate Codec are highly recommended). Along with some help from Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac, it can be done effortlessly.

Overall, it is one of the best XAVC S Converter under OS X(including Sierra, El Capitan, Yosemite). With it, you can effortlessly transcode XAVC S to ProRes MOV for Final Cut Pro 6/7/X, Apple InterMediate Codec for iMovie without quality loss. Besides, it can also convert XAVC/XAVC S to DNxHD for Avid Media Composer, MPEG-2 for Adobe Premiere Pro to meet users' different needs. Now, download the software on computer and follow the steps below to start conversion.

How to Import Sony FDR-AX33 XAVC S files to FCP/iMovie

Step 1. Load XAVC S files to the program

You can directly drag and drop the Sony AX33 footage to the software, or click "Add" to locate the XAVC S files into the program. Batch conversion is supported.

Step 2: Choose an optimal target format

Click the "Format" bar and select Final Cut Pro> Apple ProRes 422(*.mov) as output format, which should work with Final Cut Pro perfectly. For editing XAVC S in iMovie, iMovie/FCE --> Apple InterMediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov) is the right choice.

Tip: If you wanna, you can go to the "Settings" page to customize proper video/audio parameters including Video size, bitrate and fame rate and more.

Step 3: Start XAVC S conversion

Hit the Convert button in the main interface to start converting Sony FDR-AX33 XAVC S to FCP/iMovie compatible video on Mac OS X.

After the conversion, you can launch Final Cut Pro or iMovie and choose the videos that you'd like to add for further editing.

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