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dan jones
xdcam files import
on Feb 19, 2012 at 4:56:39 pm

Hoping for an easy solution:

I am having trouble importing XDCAM files that I have on my Mac Book Pro(I no longer have the files on SxS card), into Final Cut Pro X.

I have downloaded the most recent Mac and Sony XDCam Transfer files, but I can't make the Transfer software move the files to Final Cut Pro X.

Thanks in advance.


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Lance Bachelder
Re: xdcam files import
on Feb 19, 2012 at 5:57:06 pm

I had to use the Sony software as a stand-alone to re-wrap XDCAM to QT's and then import to FCPX. I think Sony will be showing FCPX compatible version at NAB in April.

Lance Bachelder
Writer, Editor, Director
Irvine, California



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Steve Connor
Re: xdcam files import
on Feb 19, 2012 at 5:58:31 pm

What format are they in?, are they in the original BPAV folders?

The latest XDCam transfer does not put the files into FCPX, you need to set a folder for the software to unwrap the files to and then import the files into FCPX manually

Steve Connor
"FCPX Agitator"
Adrenalin Television


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Dave Jenkins
Re: xdcam files import
on Feb 19, 2012 at 8:26:28 pm

You want to use the XDCAM Browser 2.0.
As Lance said, you need to set a folder for the software to rewrap the files to and then import the files into FCPX manually.

Dajen Productions, Santa Barbara, CA
MacPro Two 2.8GHz Quad Core - AJA Kona LHe
FCS 3 OS X 10.6 QT 10


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dan jones
Re: xdcam files import
on Feb 20, 2012 at 2:05:41 pm

Thanks so much.

Just to clarify, in Clip Browser I should export using "MFX for NLEs...."?

And then import manually into FCP X?

Thanks again.


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Kevin Patrick
Re: xdcam files import
on Feb 20, 2012 at 3:30:54 pm

I use XDCAM Transfer. Not Browser.

In the Source Pane on the left, you pick your source.

In Preferences (odd place) you pick the location you are Importing to.

Select your clips and hit Import. (lower right)

The Import process re-wraps the clip(s) as *.mov file(s) and FCP X will import them into an Event.

I'm assuming you can do this with XDCAM Browser, but I'm not sure how. I use XDCAM Browser to make backups of the XDCAM files/directory. Make sure you turn on the error checking option. I don't think it's on by default.


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dan jones
Re: xdcam files import
on Feb 20, 2012 at 4:48:21 pm

FCP X is saying that it cannot open the .mov files. It gives me a dialogue box for each individual clip saying so.

Transfer is putting the files into the folder as .mov and .xml.


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Steve Connor
Re: xdcam files import
on Feb 20, 2012 at 4:59:32 pm

Have you downloaded the codecs using the "Download additional content" command in the File menu of FCPX?

Steve Connor
"FCPX Agitator"
Adrenalin Television


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Kevin Patrick
Re: xdcam files import
on Feb 20, 2012 at 5:25:25 pm

[Steve Connor] "Download additional content"

I did this so long ago, I can't recall if I needed this for XDCAM or not. But I didn't think the additional content provided codecs.

Isn't this what you get with additional content?

http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1394

Here's what Apple says about XDCAM and FCP X.

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4724

I believe it is suggesting what I mentioned. Simply use XDCAM Transfer and Import the files. XDCAM Transfer should simply create the *.mov files that FCP X needs. No additional codecs necessary. Simply a re-wrap of the BPAV files.

Am I missing something here?


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Kevin Patrick
Re: xdcam files import
on Feb 20, 2012 at 5:27:51 pm

[dan jones] "Transfer is putting the files into the folder as .mov and .xml."

Something does not sound right.

When I execute the Import function on XDCAM Transfer, it only creates one file for each clip, a *.mov file. It does not create any *.xml files.

Are you sure you are using XDCAM Transfer, not Browser?


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dan jones
Re: xdcam files import
on Feb 20, 2012 at 6:09:48 pm

I am using Transfer.

The files are on the hard drive and not on SxS cards. Could that be the problem?

I have updated all codecs. When I start the import in XDCAM Transfer, it creates the .mov files in the destination folder, but it opens FCP and I get this pop up message for each file:

The document “489_1244_01.mov” could not be opened. Final Cut Pro cannot open files in the “QuickTime movie” format.


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Kevin Patrick
Re: xdcam files import
on Feb 20, 2012 at 6:20:46 pm

[dan jones] "The files are on the hard drive and not on SxS cards. Could that be the problem?"

No. I always run Transfer on files I've already copied off of the SxS card onto a hard drive.

Unfortunately, I've never encountered this issue, so I'm out of suggestions. Other than suggesting you also post this over in the XDCAM forum as well.

http://forums.creativecow.net/sonycinealtahd


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Dave Jenkins
Re: xdcam files import
on Feb 20, 2012 at 7:35:40 pm

I did this yesterday with the XDCAM Browser 2.0 You go to the Clip menu and select import into FCP. It does create a XLM file but if you select the .mov it imports into FCP X 10.0.3 just fine. My understanding is that the XDCAM Transfer is not going to be updated (EOL) and that the XDCAM Browser is the replacement.

Dajen Productions, Santa Barbara, CA
MacPro Two 2.8GHz Quad Core - AJA Kona LHe
FCS 3 OS X 10.6 QT 10


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dan jones
Re: xdcam files import
on Feb 21, 2012 at 12:27:33 am

Thank you all for your help.

Dave Jenkins solution using the browser 2.0 software did the trick(after I figured out that my 'clip browser' software was not the same thing.

Onward and upward.


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