” Hi,I recently bought Sony’s alpha 7 mrk ii. I can shoot video with AVCHD but wanted to check the better encoder XAVC-S. I’m working with FCP 7 and it does not recognize the file (although I can still play the file with QT – a bit strange. I guess I’m missing something here…). I searched online and found several external software that can convert XAVC-S to ProRes 422. Does anyone have tried out one of these softwares? Any other solution?”

XAVC and XAVC-S are both new codecs with a big point in quality/ratio, allowing Sony to integrate a 4K codec in 2013 and 2014 camcorder 4K lineup. They were introduced some time ago by Sony, starting with PMW-F5, F55 and then with PXW-Z100, FDR-AX100 and FDR-AX1. However, the codec purpose is to allow high end Sony cameras to be able to record 4K, not to be an editable format.

ProRes is a line of intermediate codecs, which means they are intended for use during video editing, and not for practical end-user viewing. Apple ProRes 422 is a common video encoding format used for broadcast. This codec offers nearly all the benefits of Apple ProRes 422 (HQ), but at 66 percent of the data rate for even better multistream, real-time editing performance.

Want to get XAVC/XAVC S to FCP X/7/6 editing? Want to convert h.265/hevc to prores codec? You need a ProRes converter on Mac or Windows. This guide will do you a big favor. Below content will show you the simple steps on converting XAVC/XAVC S to ProRes codec on Mac or Windows.

Until recently, Windows/PC users have struggled to encode XAVC/XAVC S to ProRes 422. Thanks to a program called U2USoft Video Converter Ultimate for Mac, this is not an issue anymore! It is an easy-to-use yet professional XAVC/XAVC S encoder and decoder is highly recommended. This program features high efficiency and seamless conversion.

With it, you can effortlessly convert XAVC/XAVC S video to ProRes encoded XAVC/XAVC S files. In addition, the program can also help you transcode XAVC/XAVC S files to Apple Intermediate Codec, DNxHD, MPEG-2, AVI, WMV, FLV, MP4, etc. for smoothly editing or playback with iMovie, Avid MC, AdobePremiere, FCP, etc. If you are windows user, please turn to U2USoft Video Converter Ultimate. Below is the detailed guide on transcoding XAVC/XAVC S to ProRes on Mac or Windows.

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How to convert XAVC/XAVC S to Apple ProRes codec?

Step 1. Import XAVC/XAVC S videos

Install the XAVC/XAVC S to ProRes Converter and run it. Drag the H.265 files to the software. Or you can also click “Add” button on the top of the main interface to import video to the program. (Note: batch conversion is supported, so you can load more than one file to save time.)

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Step 2. Choose ProRes as the output video format

Now click the Profile icon to reveal output panel. And and mouse cursor to “Editing Software” category. You’ll find several ProRes formats are provided. Generally, ProRes or ProRes LT are suitable choices for H.265 videos shot with camcorders. ProRes HQ is usually for film based source media.

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Tip: By clicking the Settings icon, you can adjust video and audio parameters like codec, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate, etc., in that way, you can take charge of the size and quality of the output files. In principle, the larger input values, the better output quality, but the corresponding larger file size.

Step 3. Start converting XAVC/XAVC S to ProRes

At this point, you can change the output filename or output path if you wish. If you feel satisfied with your options, Just hit the Convert button to activate XAVC/XAVC S file to ProRes conversion.

When all conversions completed, you’ll get a pop-up notice. Just click “Open” button, you can fast find where your converted files are saved.