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Back up the entire SXS card to two different hard drives. There is a folder on each SXS card named BPAV. To back up the BPAV folder and it’s contents, drag via finder to a folder on your backup drives.
1. The idea is to come up with a naming convention that illustrates the date of the shoot and card#. Make those folders PRIOR TO SHOOTING DAY on the 1st back up drive.
2. Then load the BPAV folder into each folder that pertains to the card just recorded. 3. Back up to “Main Backup Hard Drive” something like this type of file structure:
Notice that each “Day” of shooting has several “Card Folders” and within each folder there is a BPAV folder. . . Don’t change the file structure when backing up cards keep all the files w/in the “BPAV” folder.

4. Keep the file structure intact per this example:

Next Step is to Import into Final Cut Pro
5. First make sure the SXS Driver and the XDcam Transfer Software is installed on the station running Final Cut Pro
6. Itisalreadyinstalledonthelaptopsthatarecheckedoutwiththe PMW-EX-1or EX-3 camera package from checkout

7. It can also be downloaded from SONY’s website SXS driver link

 
XDCAM Transfer software link

9. https://serviceplus.us.sony.biz/sony-software.aspx?model=pdwf70 
10.In Final Cut Pro make a new project and save it.
11.Go to >File>Import>Sony XDCAM
12.The Sony XDCAM Transfer Setup window will open and change the location of all 3 setups to your storage drive

13.Go the XDCAM Transfer Preferences

14.Set the preferences to these settings
General: Source List: as shown
Set Audio channels to only import channels 1?2 unless recorded more audio channels then have those checked.
Uncheck the Codecs: box

15. Click on the Preferences “Cache” tab and set to default setting shown here.

16. Click on the “Import” tab and set the following:
17.Check New folder for each source. (this will make a new folder for each card)
18.Filename setting only have Add clip title and For subclips and index number checked.
19.On Import Location click “Choose” and select the hard drive and folder location of where the transcoded quicktimes are to be stored.

20. Navigate to the folder where to store the transcoded quicktimes and click “Choose”

21.The Transfer window will open. To add the XDCAM .mp4 files to be converted click on Add. Navigate to the “first day, first card’s” BPAV folder where the .mp4 files are stored and Click “Open” to start them loading into the Transfer tool.
22.The clips will load into the Transfer Tool and can be viewed in image or list mode and can be subcliped and previewed in the viewing area.

23.To Subclip a clip so that only a portion is imported. Mark an inpoint on the clip by clicking the in marker and mark an outpoint on the clip by clicking the out marker then click on “Make Subclip”
24.Then to import the subclips hold down the “Shift” key when clicking “Import” and the clips will be imported into Final Cut.


25.Select all the clips to be imported by highlighting them blue or to select all (apple a) then click on “Import” or by holding down the shift key you can import all Subclips. They will be imported to the bin selected at XDCAM Transfer preferences.

26.Continue this process for each card’s BPAV folder.
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Final Cut project where clips will gosusanne.kraft@austin.utexas.edu Page 6 11/4/09 Importing XDCAM-EX footage into Final Cut Pro
IF YOU ARE FINE WITH WORKING IN THE ABOVE WORKFLOW THEN Skip to step #41
27.An alternative to bringing the files into Final Cut during the transfer process is to only use the XDCAM Transfer application. This may be a more organized way to keep imported files organized from the beginning.
28.To do this use the same steps for backing up the original SxS card shown in steps #1 - #5.

 

29.Then launch XDCAM Transfer

30. Go the XDCAM Transfer Preferences

31.Set the preferences to these settings
General: Source List: as shown
Set Audio channels to only import channels 1?2 unless recorded more audio channels then have those checked.
Uncheck the Codecs: box

32. Click on the Preferences “Cache” tab and set to default setting shown here

33. Click on the “Import” tab and set the following:
34.Check New folder for each source. (this will make a new folder for each card)
35.Filename setting only have Add clip title and For subclips and index number checked.
36.On Import Location click “Choose” and select the hard drive and folder location of where the transcoded quicktimes are to be stored.

37. Navigate to the folder where to store the transcoded quicktimes and click “Choose”

38.Use the XDCAM Transfer Tool to Transcode the .mp4 files as already illustrated in this document using steps #17-22.
39.The only difference is to set up the XDCAM Transfer tool to send the files to the hard drive and not import into a Final Cut Pro project

40. Once all the files are in the Final Cut Pro Project. Set the Final Cut Pro Preferences for editing the footage natively.
41.In the Final Cut Pro Project go to >Final Cut Pro>Easy Set Up

42. Choose: Format-Sony XDCAM HD Rate: 23.98 or 29.97 depending on what was shot. Use XDCAM EX 1080p24 VBR or XDCAM EX 1080i60 VBR
Set Final Cut appropriately depending on what was shot after checking the format of the clips.
If you don’t know what your shot you can check the frame rate and aspect ratio by right clicking on a clip in your Final Cut project bin and selecting >Item Properties>Format
Will be able to see the aspect ratio and frame rate of the clip. Example shown here “Vid Rate” 23.98
“Frame Size” 1920 x 1080 “Compression” XDCAM EX 1080p2

43.  Set your “Scratch Disk” to the hard drive that you will use for editing. Choose Final Cut Pro > System Settings, then click the Scratch Disks tab. This is where transcoded quicktime media is stored and where render files will be stored.
Keep in mind that you should not need to render when editing. (unless you have added effects) If Final Cut is requiring you to render then you are not working natively and are compressing needlessly.