This Cam can records video in XAVC S Codec, which is intended as a more economic and simpler consumer codec, and more appropriate to simpler editing and Internet streaming applications. The previous version of FCP, is not compatible with XAVC or XAVC S. Only the latest version - Final Cut Pro 10.1 (Final Cut Pro X) adds general QuickTime support for XAVC. For fast and fluid workflow, Sony has created a special plug-in (PDZK-LT2 V.1.2), a free-of-charge software for Mac which allows you to decode XAVC S to QuickTime. The plug-in supports SxS Card. However, you can not use HDR-AZ1 import Plug-in to preview.
Step 1: Backup your XAVC S files from Sony HDR-AZ1 to hard drive. Install and launch this program. Drag and drop XAVC S files to the software. You can import multiple files at once thanks to "Add from folder" button.
Step 2: Click the drop-down list in the format line to get the format box. Then choose "Final Cut Pro>>Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)" as output format.
Step 3: Click "Settings" button to customize the output video and audio settings by yourself. But if you are not good at it, you’d better use the default parameters, they will ensure you a good balance between file size and image quality basically. You can change the resolution, bit rate, frame rate as you need.
Step 4: You can preview to check the final result. Once you are satisfied with it, click the "Convert" button to start converting XAVC S to ProRes format. It will take you a little while.