The Sony XDCAM PMW-500 is Sony Professional’s first XDCAM HD 422 Camcorder with solid state recording. It supports full-HD 422 50-Mbps MXF record and playback based on highly developed MPEG-2 Long GOP compression technology. Uniquely, it can also be switched to record in HD 420 35-Mbps MP4 format which makes for seamless integration when used alongside XDCAM EX models. Though it is professional on capturing videos, but many users met the importing problem while trying to edit Sony PMW-500 MXF footages in Final Cut Pro 6/7/X on Mac.

You can use such a great camcorder to record family videos; but if you want to play/edit Sony XDCAM PMW-500 MXF recording in Final Cut Pro 6/7/X, the best workflow is to encode MXF to FCP 6/7/X friendly video codec, such as ProRes 422 MOV.

To accomplish this goal, the powerful UFUWare Mac Sony MXF to FCP X Converter is recommended to help encode Sony XDCAM PMW-500 MXF to Apple ProRes so that you can edit them smoothly in FCP 6/7/X, as well as encoding the edited video back to normal mov files for sharing with friends.

The UFUWare Mac MXF Converter, which can not only encode Sony PMW-500 MXF footage to Apple ProRes codec for FCP 6/7/X editing, but also support simple video editing functions. UFUWare Mac MXF Converter can encode MXF videos from HD camcorders or DVs (like Sony, Canon and Panasonic) for editing in Final Cut Pro X, iMovie, Final Cut Express, Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Aperture 3, Kdenlive, Avid Xpress Pro, Adobe Creative Suite 6, Adobe After Effects CS6, DaVinci Resolve etc. Just download it and follow the tutorial below to get the work done.

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Step 1. Import Sony XDCAM PMW-500 MXF footage.

Launch the Sony XDCAM MXF to FCP X Converter, and click the “Add Video” button to load Sony XDCAM PMW-500 .mxf footage for converting to Apple ProRes.

Sony XDCAM PMW-500 MXF to FCP X Converter

Step 2. Select native format for Final Cut Pro.

Click on the “Profile” bar and get the dropdown menu, then move you pointer to “Final Cut Pro”. Under the sub list are there a few formats which are all compatible with Final Cut Pro. Here we recommend the Apple PreRes 422.

Tip : If you want the files to be in a smaller size, you can follow “Final Cut Pro>Apple ProRes 422(LT)(*mov)” option. If your files size is at SD levels, you are advised to choose “Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422(Proxy)(*mov)”.

Convert Sony XDCAM PMW-500 MXF to Apple ProRes

Step 3. Custom video and audio prarmeters

Click “Settings” to customize advanced audio and video parameters like video codec, aspect ratio, bit rate, frame rate, audio codec, sample rate, audio channels.

set video/audio parameters

Step 4. Convert Sony XDCAM PMW-500 MXF to Apple ProRes.

Click the “Convert” button to convert Sony XDCAM PMW-500 MXF footage to Apple ProRes MOV for Final Cut Pro 6/7/X on Mac.

After conversion, click “Open Folder” button in the main interface to find the converted video. Launch FCP 6/7 or FCP X, and go to “File > Import > Files…” to import converted Sony XDCAM MXF footage to Final Cut Pro 6/7/X with easy and smooth editing.