How can I smoothly import Sony a99 II 4K XAVC S (.mp4) into Final Cut Pro X for editing? Last weekend I took my wife and little daughter to go to the playground for playing, we had a good time there. We play a lot of entertainment, and I found he was very happy when we sit on Ferris wheel and Carousel, also use my Sony a99 II camera shoots some 4K videos. In order to share the 4K video better, I need to edit the 4K MP4 recordings in FCP X. However, when I import them into FCP X ready to edit, I found I can’t preview my footage, let alone to edit. Is there a good method to help me solve the problem?

The announcement of the Sony a99 II makes it the Japanese manufacturer’s new flagship DSLR camera. It features all the good stuff from the original a99 such as the translucent mirror technology (TMT), but raises the bar with new and improved autofocus capabilities, a newly designed 42MP sensor as well as internal 4K UHD video in XAVC-S format.

After testing many video editing applications with Sony a99 II XAVC S footage, the result shows that we can’t import the 4K XAVC S videos to FCP X directly due to the codec incompatibility. Something else, there’s actually no way to edit a 4K project in these editing software natively. In this case, to have a smooth Sony a99 II workflow on Mac OS X, you’d better transcode Sony a99 II XAVC S to FCP X edit-friendly format with proper settings. It will save you both time and trouble, and all you need is to drag the result videos for prompt editing.

There are numbered tools and utilities can convert and compress the Ultra HD videos, few of them can process at a fast speed. UFUWare Video Converter for Mac is considered to be the best 4K video converting tool. It can help you to convert Sony a99 II 4K XAVC S to FCP X compatible format Apple ProRes MOV. It can also convert the XAVC S to DNxHD codec for Avid Media Composer, AIC codec for iMovie/FCE, MPEG-2 codec for Premiere Pro, etc.

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Convert Sony a99 II 4K XAVC S to ProRes for editing in FCP X

Step 1. Launch the professional Mac XAVC S Converter, and click “Add File” button to load the Sony a99 II XAVC S 4K videos you want to convert. Or directly drag and drop the Sony a99 II XAVC S 4K footage to the program.

Sony a99 II to FCP X Converter

Step 2. Click “Profile” bar and choose “Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” from the drop-down menu list, it’s best codec for editing in FCP X.

Convert Sony a99 II 4K XAVC S to Apple ProRes MOV

Tip: If you want to customize the output parameters, you can click “Settings” button on the main interface and adjust the resolution, bitrate or others as you want. You can also keep them as default.

Custom video and audio parameters

Step 3. When ready, click “Convert” button to convert Sony a99 II 4K XAVC S to ProRes MOV for FCP X on Mac with best video and audio quality.

When the Sony XAVC S to ProRes conversion finished, click “Open Folder” button to get the generated ProRes .mov files for importing and editing within Final Cut Pro X/7/6 on Mac OS(High Sierra, Sierra and El Capitan included) without issues.

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