How to Transcode Sony HDV mini DV videos to Final Cut Pro X on Mac ?

With Sony HDV, the benefits of High Definition program production are at last accessible to everyone. Offering an ideal migration path from DVCAM to entry-level HD production, HDV records pictures at 1080 line resolution onto a standard DV format cassette. As well as reducing camcorder size and weight to around that of ‘prosumer’ formats, use of this smaller cassette size cuts media costs.

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Users who have lots of DV video files recorded by Sony HDV camera, may have the idea to edit them in Final Cut Pro X. But, the FCP X doesn’t support importing the files directly. Meanwhile, it prefer Apple ProRes codec for editing. In this situation, you need to transcode Sony HDV footage to Apple ProRes in advance. So a 3rd party tool is necessary. Drorsoft AVCHD Converter for Mac is a good one, it supports importing kinds of camera footage, like MXF, MOV, DV, MOV, TOD, MOD, AVCHD etc.

Now, just read the guide carefully to learn how to convert Sony HDV clips to Apple ProRes for FCP X.

Step 1. Download and install the Drorsoft AVCHD Converter for Mac on your Mac.

Step 2. Run it, and import your Sony HDV footage into it.

Step 3. Choose Apple ProRes as output.

Step 4. Start transcoding DV to Apple ProRes by clicking on “Convert” button.

When the conversion is done, you can easily import the files into FCP X, and edit flawlessly. Hope this article is really useful for you to edit Sony HDV recordings in FCP X. That’s all.

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