Edit Sony Alpha a99 II 4K recordings with FCP on macOS Sierra
Sony a99 II ($3,199.95 – Available for Pre-order Now) gets Sony’s top-of-the-line 42.4 MP back-illuminated CMOS sensor and a all-new processor and LSI turbocharged for more processing horsepower than any Sony camera to date. Sony a99 II allows you record 4K video from the FULL WIDTH of the fullframe sensor…unlike some other DSLRs. Or you can select to shoot over-sampled 4K in Super35 crop mode with full pixel readout and no pixel binning or line-skipping. You can record 4K in XAVC S video by it.
Recently we found some users asked “Can I editSony Alpha a99 II 4K XAVC S video in Final Cut Pro X? The answer is “Yes”. As the popularity of XAVC S codec, more and more NLE’s can natively supports HD &4K XAVC S. While, many importing issues still exist when users working with XAVC S vodeos in editing software. The point is here, you will find it a painful experience to import Sony Alpha a99 II 4K recordings to Final Cut Pro 6/7 or FCP X to edit the movies. The basic reason why we can’t work this 4K video with FCP (FCP X, FCP 7, FCP 6) is that XAVC S codec is a new one, and is not widely supported.
Therefore you have to transcode Sony Alpha a99 II 4K XAVC S to Apple ProRes 422 or Apple Prores 4444. Which converter can do this? Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac is your best choice. This professional FCP video converter also can compress Sony Alpha a99 II 4K to HD 1080p video for better playing/editing/sharing.
Besides Final Cut Pro, this software can also export AIC for iMovie/FCE, DNxHD for Avid Media Composer and more NLE systems. (Windows version can also create friendly prores codec for FCP) To know how to use it to be able to edit Sony Alpha a99 II 4K XAVC S in FCP X/7/6 on Mac (macOS Sierra, El Capitan Yosemite, Mavericks, Lion included) without problem, read on the following steps.
Free download the FCP video converter for Mac:
- Pavtube old official address: http://www.pavtube.com/hd-video-converter-mac/
- AppStore Download: https://itunes.apple.com/de/app/pavtube-hd-video-converter/id502792488?mt=12
- Cnet Download: http://download.cnet.com/Pavtube-HD-Video-Converter/3000-2194_4-76177786.html
How to Convert Sony Alpha a99 II 4K XAVC S to FCP X/FCP 7/6 editable format
Step 1. Load video file
Launch it and then you can directly drag and drop the Sony Alpha a99 II 4K XAVC S file to the converter, or go to “Add file” button to load the Sony Alpha a99 II 4K video.
Step 2. Set FCP output format
Click “Format” bar to choose the format for output. For editing Sony Alpha a99 II 4K video in FCP, you can choose “Format > FCP> Apple ProRes; it’s best for FCP editing.
Tip: Click the Settings icon to adjust Sony Alpha a99 II 4K video and audio parameters on the Profile Setting as you need to get the best quality video. You can set video resolution(1920X1080/1440X1080/1280×720/720X480), bitrate(from 1Mbps to 20Mbps) , frame rate (24p/30p) as you want.
Step 3. Start Sony Alpha a99 II 4K to FCP conversion on Mac
Now click the “Convert” button, and then leave the Mac 4K converter to do the rest automatically for you. After the Sony Alpha a99 II 4K to FCP Mac conversion, go to “File” > “import” > and then you can freely use your Sony Alpha a99 II 4K files in FCP(X).
Note: If you are using FCP X, please make sure you have installed ProApps QuickTime Codecs.