Sony XDCAM camcorder is professional camcorder which has excellent video quality for us to take high quality full HD videos. Sony XDCAM PMW-EX3, PMW-EX1R, PMW-200, PMW-100, and PDW-F800 are hot products in the camcorder market. Besides the HD quality, a heated discussion about how to import Sony XDCAM media into FCP is around so many Sony XDCM owners. In this article I’d like to talk about it and share my own experience.
We had a good look through all the supported formats in FCP (X) when it was released and XDCAM was in there. It later came to light that you had to use the Sony XDCAM Transfer tool first to get your clips on your system before bringing them into Final Cut Pro.
First, let’s look at how to import Sony XDCAM files into FCP with Sony XDCAM Transfer plug-in.
Summary: To be able to import Sony XDCAM, XDCAM HD and XDCAM EX media into Final Cut Pro, you'll need to download and install the Sony XDCAM Transfer software and XDCAM Drive software.
1. Visit www.sony.com/xdcam-downloads and download "PDW-U1 XDCAM Drive (SD/HD)".
2. Then visit www.sony.com/xdcam-software and download "XDCAM Transfer for Apple Final Cut Pro".
3. Install both applications.
4. Open XDCAM Transfer in the Applications folder.
5. Choose File > Add Source.
6. Navigate to the material you would like to import and click Import.
7. By default, the XDCAM Media will be copied to the ~/Movies folder into a folder called "Sony XDCAM Transfer."
8. In Final Cut Pro (X):
Choose File > Import > Files.
Navigate to the Sony XDCAM Transfer folder in the ~/Movies folder and choose File > Import > Files to import the media.
Whereas, Apple have released a Knowledge Base article on how to import XDCAM footage into FCP(X) there still might have been some complaints from the XDCAM users like can’t download or install XDCAM drive and XDCAM transfer correctly; FCP 6, FCP 7 can’t import XDCAM footage with the plug-in installed; a time-consuming and too complex process….
Well, avoid those issues, now I share an alternative workaround to put Sony XDCAM, XDCAM HD and XDCAM EX to Final Cut Pro 6/7/X without Sony XDCAM Transfer plug-in.
The effective way is to convert Sony XDCAM footage to Apple ProRes, which is natively supported by Final Cut Pro. To get the work done, Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac is an ideal choice, which allows you to convert XDCAM files to Apple ProRes for smoothly editing in Final Cut Pro 6/7 and FCP X. Besides FCP, this Mac Sony XDCAM Converter also generates best editing format/codec for filmmakers and video enthusiasts to use in different NLE apps, such as After Effects CS4/CS5/CS6, Adobe Premiere Pro, Sony Vegas, iMovie, Final Cut Express and more. Just download it and follow the step-by-step guide below to achieve your goal smoothly.
How To: Transcode Sony XDCAM, XDCAM HD, XDCAM EX to ProRes For Final Cut Pro
1. Install and launch the Sony XDCAM Converter Mac. Click Add button to load Sony XDCAM footage for converting.
2.Click on the "Format" bar and choose a best editable format. Select Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov) as the output format for editing XDCAM files Final Cut Pro X/7/6.
3. Finally, please click "Convert" button to start the Sony XDCAM media conversion for FCP. After the conversion, get the output ProRes files and it will ensure a smooth and direct import and edit workflow with FCP 6/7 or Final Cut Pro.
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Ever have experienced importing Panasonic AVCHD MTS files like from Panasonic HC-V700, AG-AC90, ZS20, etc to NLE system? I own a Panasonic's HC-V700, and it captures AVCHD video to an SD memory card as .MTS files. While enjoying the stunning HD image quality, I have problems when importing the Panasonic AVCHD footage to Pinnacle Studio. I've tried my best to find out the way. If you’re in such a situation, you can read on the article to learn more, which mainly shows you how to get Pinnacle Studio to work Panasonic MTS files beautifully.
Actually, Pinnacle Studio 14/15/16 have add the AVCHD .mts formats as the input video, but v14 did not handle large AVCHD videos with great stability, and v15/16 just a little better. Plus, there are so many limits you are facing like the System Requirements: Intel Core 2 Quad 2.66 gHz or higher required for 1920x1080 AVCHD editing, 2GB system memory required for AVCHD and more. So if you want to edit Panasonic MTS files in Pinnacle Studio, you will need to transcode the AVCHD .mts files to Pinnacle Studio supported format, like AVI. For this purpose, this article will show you how to transcode Panasonic MTS Footage to AVI for Pinnacle Studio in detail.
Converting Panasonic AVCHD to Pinnacle Studio
The quick workaround is to use the easy-to-use yet professional app Brorosft MTS/M2TS Converter. With it, you can effortlessly encode/re-encode AVCHD footage shot by Panasonic as well as Canon, JVC, Sony cameras for smoothly importing and editing in various non-linear editing systems (NLE), including Pinnacle Studio 12/1314/15/16, Adobe Premiere Pro, Sony Vegas, Cyberlink PowerDirector, Avid Studio, Magix Movie Edit Pro, Windows Movie Maker and more.
Step 1: Add MTS video files
Install and launch the MTS to Pinnacle Studio Converter and load source clips to it.
Step 2: Choose output format
Click “Format” bar and choose "HD Video" -> "AVI HD Video (*.avi)" as output, which seems to be the best one due to the great video quality but small size. Of course, MPG, MP4, WMV are also the proper formats for Pinnacle.
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In case the default settings do not fit your requirement, you can click “Settings” button and enter “Profile Settings” panel to adjust video size, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channels.
Step 3: Start Panasonic MTS conversion
Click the convert button, it will start converting MTS for importing to Pinnacle Studio immediately. When the conversion task is finished, click “Open” button to get the exported files and then import the converted Panasonic MTS files into Pinnacle Studio to do further editing.
If you want to batch conversion for MTS, MXF, MVI, MOV, MP4 camcorder videos to Pinnacle Studio, Windows Movie Maker, Sony Vegas, etc, the professional Brorsoft Video Converter is a more wise choice for you.
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Sony Handycam FDR-AX100 4K Ultra HD Camcorder
Compression and Recording: The FDR-AX100 uses the new highly efficient XAVC-S 4K compression format (60Mbps bit rate) to record 4K @ 30p, or (50Mbps bit rate) to record 1080p video at 60p. The codec is so efficient, that it can hold 1 hour of 4K video on a standard 32GB Class 10 SDHC/SDXC memory card. Most other 4K camcorders require exotic storage or multiple cards to record to. This camcorder has no internal fan, so audio will not be disturbed. The camcorder does have an internal 5.1 surround sound microphone, and a standard accessory shoe for lights, and external microphones. (An XLR accessory is available). The AX100 also includes an External Microphone Jack and Headphone Jack.
*Tracking Focus follows selected subjects.
*Hookup to an HDTV or a 4K TV through the built-in HDMI port.
*Dolby Digital 5.1 capable.
*USB 2.0 interface.
*Electronic OLED Viewfinder (EVF) with 2.35 million dots is provided.
*Includes a lens hood.
The camcorder has an extemely efficient recording codec XAVC-S 4K which allows you to record to a standard memory card at a bitrate of 60mbps. But XAVC S is still not as popular as other kinds of video formats such as AVCHD and MXF. So when you deal with the Sony FDR-AX100 XAVC-S in Avid MC or other NLE systems, you may encounter some format compatibility or video/audio synchronization problems. This article is written to help Sony FDR-AX100 users to solve such kind of problems.
To solve these problems effectively, it will be better to transcode Sony XAVC S to a more "edit" friendly codec. Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac is highly recommended here. The program is an easy-to-use yet professional Sony XAVC S Converter for Avid Media Composer. It's able to convert XAVC S files from Sony FDR-AX100, FDR-AX1 to Avid more compatible format DNxHD. For Windows users, Video Converter is the alternative choice. Just download it and follow the tutorial below to get the work done.
Step 1: Load XAVC S footages
Run Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac and click “Add file” or “Add from folder” button, browse to the Sony FDR-AX100 XAVC S footages and load them to the converter for conversion. You can check the “Merge into one” box to join several XAVC S files togethter.
Step 2: Choose a proper output format
Click “Format” bar to choose output format. For transferring Sony AX100 footage to Avid MC, you are recommended to choose “Avid Media Composer -> DNxHD (*.mov)”.
Tip: Click the “Settings” button and set proper video/ audio parameters. You can reset set the video size, bitrate and fame rate. If you would like to use default settings, simply skip this step.
Step 3: Start converting XAVC S to DNxHD on Mac
When you finish all settings, hit “Convert” button to start transcoding Sony AX100 4K video for Avid Media Composer on Mac. You can follow the conversion process from the pop-up windows.
After the conversion, it’s freely to import Sony AX100 XAVC S footage into Avid Media Composer for natively editing.
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The 10.1-inch ASUS Transformer Book T100 tablet runs Windows 8.1 system and its screen resolution is 1366*768. Actually, Transformer Book T100 is an amazing device to watch movies when traveling or being at home. However, it is not easy to play .vob .mkv, .avi movies on the ASUS Windows 8.1 Book T100 directly because of the video compatibility issue. If you want to enjoy movies in MKV, AVI, VOB format on Transformer Book T100, you need to changes these video format first.
To achieve the goal easily, Brorsoft Video Converter, as the best video converter for Asus Transformer Book T100, will help you. It is an easy-to-use and high-efficiency program that helps you batch convert almost any video (including MKV, AVI, VOB, MTS, MPG, TiVo, DVR-MS…) to Transformer Book T100 highly compatible file type. Besides, with the built-in video editor, you can freely trim, crop, adjust effect, add (*.ass, *.ssa, *.srt) subtitles to your source video. The equivalent Mac version is Transformer Book T100 Video Converter Mac, which enables you to encode HD videos to Windows 8.1 Asus Transformer Book on Mac OS X. Follow the steps below and you can play AVI, MKV, VOB on your Asus Book T100 at ease.
Tutorial on Encoding AVI, MKV, VOB to ASUS Transformer Book T100 friendly video:
Step 1. Add video files to the program
Launch the program and add videos in the following two ways: 1> Click Add button to choose video files from your hard drive for converting. 2> Directly drag the movies you want to convert to the left item bar. To save your time, you can add multiple files for converting at a time since batch conversion is well supported.
Step 2. Decide output video format
Click "Format" bar, you can get optimized videos for your surface under "Windows > Windows 8 Tablet H.264 Video (*.mp4)". The output video fits on Asus Transformer Book T100 perfectly.
Step 3. Start Asus Windows 8.1 Transformer video conversion
Finally click on “Convert” button to start converting VOB/AVI/MKV to MP4 for Asus Transformer Book T100.
More features of the Asus Transformer Book Video Converter:
1. Merge- If you want to combine several clips into one, please tick the box “Merge into one”.
2. Settings-> The default settings may not satisfy you, and you can click the settings button to change the settings by yourself including video resolution, bit rate, audio sample rate, audio channel etc. for full screen playback smoothly or select the corresponding device as the output format.
3. Edit -> Before the conversion, you can edit your videos by trimming, cropping, adding watermarks, inserting subtitles and more to get the exact effect and feel you want. (Click the Edit button to open the video editing window, where you can perform the operations.)
Once the conversion finished, transfer the converted video files to new Asus Windows 8.1 Transformer BOOK T100 and you can have the AVI, VOB, MKV and more movies playback anywhere you want.
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The Asus Transformer Book T100 is a small, cheap Windows tablet that you can use like a notebook thanks to a keyboard dock. At first glance it looks a lot like an old-school netbook. But you can remove the screen and use the Transformer Book T100 as a touchscreen tablet with up to 11 hours of battery life.
Not bad for a device that will sell for just $349.
Since there is no BD drive with the Windows gadget, you’ll need to rip and convert Blu-ray to Asus Transformer Book T100 compatible video formats first. To get the work done, a professional and easy-to-use Blu ray ripping tool is extremely needed. Well, the best program I can recommend for ripping Blu-ray to Transformer Book T100 is Brorsoft Blu-ray Ripper.
As one of the best Blu ray Ripping software, the program is easy to use and can help you rip Blu ray in Windows 8 for Asus Transformer Book T100. With it, you can fast convert latest commercial BD, DVD movies as well as ISO/IFO files to Asus Transformer Book keeping the original quality. The audio/video synchronization is very good, the size of the subtitles too. If you are running on Mac, please turn to Brorsoft Blu-ray Ripper for Mac, so that you can convert Blu ray to Transformer Book T100 on Mac OS X effortlessly.
Convert Blu-ray movies to Asus Transformer Book T100 playable videos
Step 1: Run the best Blu-ray to Transformer Book T100 Converter and click Blu-ray disc icon to load your Blu-ray or ISO movie files.
Step 2: Choose a suitable video format for Transformer Book T100. Click "Format" bar, you can get optimized videos for your surface under "Windows > Windows 8 Tablet H.264 Video (*.mp4)". The output video fits on Asus Transformer Book T100 perfectly.
Tip: By clicking the “Settings” button, you can modify the video/audio parameters like 1920*1080 (Full HD 1080P video resolution), which can help you get the ripped Blu-ray movies with high quality.
Step 3: Select subtitle and audio track language you like from the “Subtitle” and “Audio” options. If you like, you can also check “Only show forced subtitles” to make it possible for playback HD videos with forced subtitles on your Asus Transformer Book T100.
Step 4: Hit the Convert button to start converting Blu-ray movies to Transformer Book T100 Windows 8.1 tablet.
After a short conversion, you will get the ripped Blu-ray files. And then you could transfer Blu-ray movies to Asus Transformer Book T100 for HD playback anytime anywhere.
If you are considering to get a powerful all-in-one tool to transfer movies including various formats of 1080p/720p videos, Blu-ray movies and DVDs to your Asus Transformer Book T100, Asus MeMo Pad HD 7, Surface 2, Nexus 10, Nexus 7, Kindle Fire HD, Galaxy Note, Galaxy S4 or Galaxy Tab 3 at the same saving time and effort, the all-in-one Blu-ray Video Converter Ultimate program will be a nice choice for you. If you are running a Mac OS X computer, iMedia Converter Mac is the alternative.
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More and more persons want to play the TiVo files on Mac after recording the TV shows by TiVo. The first step is to transfer TiVo to Mac and then convert TiVo files to Mac compatible formats, like MOV, MP4. The process seems to be much simple with two steps. In fact, it is not so easy as you think. I had spent a lot of time on this. Fortunately, I found a best solution to achieve the goal-Transfer/Play TiVo videos on Mac. Follow below guide to get more information if you are interested in.
If you downloaded the TiVo files from Internet on Mac, then you do not need to do the first step. While if your original TiVo is TV shows or other videos from TiVo box, then you need to get Tivo Decode Manager to help you stream TiVo recordings to Mac.
1. Run the app, and enter your TiVo's IP address in the TiVo IP Address box.
2. Click the Prefs button in the lower-right corner.
3. Fill in the Media Access Key to get the TiVo files to the download Queue list. Click Here to get detailed information.
Once the TiVo files are transferred on your Mac, then the second important step here is to convert TiVo files to Mac. At this stage, Brorsoft Video Converter Mac can perform the task for you. It can help you quickly and easily convert TiVo to any format like MKV, AVI, WMV, MOV, MPG, M4V, MP4, etc with least quality loss without worrying about audio/video insync problem. If you are running on PC, please turn to its equivalent Windows version Video Converter.
Below is a guide on How to Play Tivo files on Mac
Step 1. Run the program to click "Add" button on the top of the main interface to import source video files to the APP.
Step 2. Tap "Format" bar and choose MP4/MOV video format from "Common Video" as the output file format for Mac.
Step 3. Start converting TiVo videos to MP4/MOV for Mac
When the conversion is finished, you can press the "Open" button to get the transcoded videos for playing on Mac.
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