The Sony XDCAM is a professional camcorder that uses an internal disk drive to record video. Generally, these disks can hold between 23 to 50 Gigabytes (GB) of data. Transfer programs for the Sony XDCAM allow you to transfer video files to your computer or software program. You can download some of these tools from the Sony website, but others are part of Sony's Final Cut Pro software program.
Apple Final Cut Pro is a video editing program that allows you to capture video directly from your camcorder. This program allows you to import video in the same format as you shot it in, or import it in the same format as the final output. Within the Apple Final Cut Pro, there is a Transfer Tool, which allows you to import your video sequences directly from your camera. To access this tool, you first need to own or purchase Final Cut Pro. Open the program, then go into File, Import and then XDCAM. This will open up the Transfer Tool, which will either import all of the clips or only the ones that you select. You can also use the Transfer Tool to log or edit your video sequences within the thumbnails clip viewer. As of 2010, Final Cut Pro costs approximately £552 US.
The XDCAM Transfer PDZK-P1 tool supports the XDCAM device's mix recording mode. It allows you to change the name of a sub-clip and manipulate ASCII (American Standard Code for Information Exchange 2) titles. Other features include the ability to write metadata (the information about a single piece of data) to other disks. The XDCAM Transfer PDZK-P1 tool may not allow you to playback video in real time, or as it happens. That will depend on the video location, size and format. You can download this tool from the Sony website. This is a free tool
The XDCAM XFER v2.12 is compatible with Mac OS (Operating System) X 10.6, and it supports the following Mac devices: Mac FAM Driver V2.3, Professional Disc and XDCAM HD422 (High Definition) series Version 1.6. It is also compatible with both 32- and 64-bit systems. Besides the standard video transfers, this tool also allows you to transfer sequences using voice-over audio. This tool is also compatible with the following Mac OS X systems: 10.5.8 or later versions and 10.6.2 or later versions. You can download this tool from the Sony website. This a free tool.
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