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David Wiese
How to create 4k ProRes files from Sony F5 XAVC files
on Oct 9, 2013 at 11:50:33 pm

Our graphics guy needs some 4k files to do some comp work and we're all stumped on the workflow. So far we've only shot the F5 XAVC for 1080p files (import the MXF files into FCP7 then send through compressor to create 1080p ProRes files).

This most recent shoot we shot 4K because we have to do some green screen comping. We can't figure out how to create any 4k files as we can't import into FCP.

Any thoughts?

I thought this thread (http://community.sony.com/t5/F5-F55/Converting-4k-XAVC-to-4k-Apple-ProRes/td-p/117161/page/2) might answer it but nobody seems to actually find it.


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Denis Warburton
Re: How to create 4k ProRes files from Sony F5 XAVC files
on Oct 10, 2013 at 6:52:39 am

If you feel comfortable with using command-line tools, ffmpeg/ffmbc can readily do the conversion (and as a batch if you're good with scripting). Both of these programs are free, but as fair warning, the latter needs to be compiled on your system before it can be used.

If you google a bit, you can find some example command line samples for each tool.

Cheers,
Denis


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Rafael Amador
Re: How to create 4k ProRes files from Sony F5 XAVC files
on Oct 10, 2013 at 10:27:42 am

FCP.7 do not support 4k.
FCPX is what you need.
rafael


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Dennis Hingsberg
Re: How to create 4k ProRes files from Sony F5 XAVC files
on Dec 1, 2013 at 3:45:22 pm
Last Edited By Dennis Hingsberg on Dec 1, 2013 at 3:47:28 pm

It's not true that FCP 7 does not support 4k resolution, just does not recognize the XAVC codec.

For that reason you can use Davinci or FCP X to create ProRes version files of your footage and edit in almost anything.

I wrote a guide on how to convert XAVC to ProRes for free using Davinci or FCP X here: http://forums.creativecow.net/readpost/3/948791

Also if its for VFX check with your FX person because typically DPX or EXR is more preferred, in which case Davinci will do the job for you.

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