Edit Sony PDW-HD1550 XAVC 4K video in FCP, Premiere on Mac OS(Sierra,El Capitan)

The Sony PDW-HD1550 professional disc recorder is a half-rack-size disc recorder which supports triple- and quad-layer discs, enabling a recording duration of more than three hours even in Full-HD format. Have you ever considered editing Sony PDW-HD1550 recordings in NLEs like Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, iMovie and FCE(Final Cut Express), and Avid Media Composer,etc. before uploading or sharing? This article will discuss how to import Sony PDW-HD1550 video files to FCP X/Premiere for editing.

In addition to MPEG HD422, this recorder supports XAVC Intra HD record/playback, as well as MPEG IMX and DVCAM formats in the SD domain. Users may choose XAVC as defaulted recording formats owning to it high compression rate. Meanwhile, Sony supplies some plug-ins for XAVC users to work with NLEs including FCP X, Premiere, iMovie/FCE, Avid, etc. However, if for some reason these plug-ins don’t work for you or you dislike using it, you will can convert the PDW-HD1550 XAVC files to Final Cut Pro friendly formats with a powerful third party program named aPubsoft HD Video Converter for Mac.

In general, this program is specially developed for supporting XAVC footages including XAVC-I, XAVC-S and XAVC-L to FCP X, Premiere, iMovie/FCE, Avid for editing without quality loss. Besides XAVC video format, it also can handle other media files such as AVCHD(MTS, M2TS), MXF, MOV, MP4, AVI, MKV, VOB and so on. If you are a PC user and planning to transfer Sony PDW-HD1550 XAVC videos to Avid, Premiere, aPubsoft HD Video Converter is your first choice. Now download the software and follow the guide below to start conversion.

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Edit Sony PDW-HD1550 XAVC videos in FCP X or Premiere Pro

1. Install and run the professional Sony XAVC Converter on Mac. Click “Add File” button to add your Sony PDW-HD1550 XAVC 4K video files to the converter, or directly drag and drop the Sony XAVC 4K video files to it.

Sony PDW-HD1550 to FCP/Premiere Converter

2. Click the “Profile” option to select proper format for FCP X and Premiere Pro:

a. To edit Sony PDW-HD1550 XAVC 4K videos in FCP X natively, please choose “Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” as output format. The Apple ProRes is the native codec for Final Cut Pro editing.

Convert Sony PDW-HD1550 XAVC to Apple ProRes MOV

b. To edit Sony PDW-HD1550 XAVC 4K videos in Prmeiere Pro smoothly, please choose “Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas > MPEG-2 (*.mpg)” as target format. The MPEG-2 MPG is the native format for Adobe Premiere Pro.

Convert Sony PDW-HD1550 XAVC to MPEG-2 MPG

Tip: You can also select “MOV(AVC) Video(*.mov)” or “MPEG-2 WMV(VC-1) Video(*.wmv)” from “Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas” category as output format.

3. If needs, you can go to “Settings” panel to adjust the video and audio parameters including the Bitrate of Video & Audio, Video Size, Sample Rate, Frame Rate, Audio Channels, etc. before conversion.

3. After all settings, click “Convert” button to convert Sony PDW-HD1550 XAVC 4K videos to FCP X ProRes, Premiere MPG on Mac.

When the Sony PDW-HD1550 XAVC to ProRes/MPG conversion completed, you can get the generated ProRes. mov, or MPEG-2 .mpg files by clicking “Open Folder” button on the main interface. Then you can import the converted Sony PDW-HD1550 XAVC 4K video files to Final Cut Pro X/7/6 or Adobe Premiere Pro CC/CS for smooth playing and editing.