The Alpha a6500 from Sony is an apt APS-C-format mirrorless camera well-suited for both photo and video applications. 4K movie recording in the Super 35 mm10 format with full pixel readout and no pixel binning allows approx. 2.4 times11 as much information as is basically required for 4K (QFHD: 3840 x 2160). Full HD 1080p recording is also supported in frame rates up to 120 fps, and both resolutions utilize the 100 Mbps XAVC S format contained within an MP4 wrapper with 4:2:0 sampling.
Does the Final Cut Pro supports 4K XAVC S footage editting well? The answer is NOT. As a new video codec, the XAVC S footage captured by Sony a6500 is a kind of non-standard format which is hardly supported by FCP X, FCP 7 and FCP 6.
As far as we know, the latest version FCP X 10.2 usually can handle 4K files without much problem, but it is extremely hardware intensive. On the other hand, it is a complete nightmare to import Sony a6500 XAVC S 4K footages to FCP 7 and FCP 6 – it cannot recognize XAVC S codec at all, and even worse than that is FCP X spend a lot time on rendering videos. To make Final Cut Pro working well with Sony a6500 4K XAVC S files, the easy workaround is to transcode the XAVC S files to a format that FCP X/7/6 natively supports via aPubsoft Video Converter for Mac.
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How to convert a6500 XAVC S 4K videos to ProRes MOV for FCP editing?
Step 1. Add Sony a6500 XAVC S 4K videos
Install and launch aPubsoft Video Converter for Mac as the best Sony a6500 to FCP Converter on your Mac, Directly drag and drop the Sony a6500 4K XAVC S files to it, or click “Add File” button to load the Sony XAVC S 4K videos to the converter. The Sony XAVC S Converter supports batch conversion and joining multiple video clips into one file.
Step 2. Choose compatible format for FCP
Click the “Profile” option and navigate the mouse cursor to choose “Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” as output format. The Apple ProRes is native codec for editing in FCP X/7/6.
Tip 1: Adjust the video and audio parameters, including the Bitrate of Video&Audio, Video Size, Sample Rate, Frame Rate, Audio Channels, etc. by clicking the Settings button on the main interface for getting the best quality.
Tip 2: Before converting your videos, you can click Edit to personalize and touch up your videos in clicks. Video editing functions like Trim, Crop, Effect, Watermark and Subtitles are provided.
When you’re ready, click the “Convert” button to start the Sony a6500 XAVC S to ProRes conversion on Mac with best quality.
After the conversion, click “Open Folder” button to get the output ProRes .mov videos. Then, you can import and edit Sony a6500 XAVC S 4K videos in Final Cut Pro X/7/6 on Mac OS X(High Sierra, Sierra and El Capitan included) without hassles.
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