The Sony PMW-F5 features an 8.9 MP Super 35mm image sensor capable of capturing 2K and HD internally in Sony’s XAVC codec onto SxS PRO+ memory cards, and 4K and 2K RAW to an optional Sony AXS-R5 external recorder. It features 14 stops of dynamic range, applicable to both RAW and XAVC recording as long as S-Log is turned on, for truly film-like rendering of highlights and shadows.

“I have bought the Sony PMW-F5 camcorder for my studio, recently I have recorded some commercial materials. When I try to import Sony PMW-F5 XAVC videos to Final Cut Express, only to find that the videos can’t be imported, the XAVC codecs that Sony PMW-F5 used are not supported by FCE, do I need to convert files to other formats? Please help me to solve this problem. Thanks!”

To convert Sony PMW-F5 XAVC videos to Final Cut Express, you will need a top video converter to guarantee the quality and speed. Here we recommend you to use UFUWare XAVC Converter for Mac/Windows, this is the best XAVC converter. It has optimized formats for Final Cut Express, as well as FCP X, imovie, Adobe Premiere Pro, Windows movie maker, etc. you can choose any formats you want to output.

How to import Sony PMW-F5 XAVC video files to Final Cut Express on Mac?

Step 1. Free download and install UFUWare XAVC Converter for Mac/Windows, as the best Sony PMW-F5 to FCE Converter, it can convert nearly all the video formats to optimized formats for editing software and portable devices.

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Step 2. Launch the Sony PMW-F5 XAVC to FCE Converter, and click “Add File” button to import your Sony PMW-F5 XAVC video files to the program.


1. You can load individual XAVC video file by clicking “Add File”, or load the entire folder by clicking “Add Folder”.

2. If you have multiple Sony XAVC files, you can select all files and click “Merge” to merge the files into one single file for FCE so that you can play these files without interruption.

Sony XAVC to FCE Converter

Step 3. Click on the button “Profile” and you will get a dropdown menu, Select “iMovie and Final Cut Express > Apple Intermediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov)”. The AIC MOV is native format for Final Cut Express editing.

Convert Sony PMW-F5 XAVC to Apple Intermediate Codec MOV

Step 4. If you want to adjust output parameters, click “Settings” option, and you can adjust the video size, bitrate and fame rate. If you would like to use default settings, simply skip this step.

adjust video and audio settings

Step 5. Click “Convert” button to convert Sony PMW-F5 XAVC to AIC MOV for FCE with fast speed and high quality, you just need to wait some time, when the conversion finished, you can open the output folder to get the generated files, and then you can edit videos in Final Cut Express freely.