Preparing Final Cut Pro 7 for use with the Sony EX1 / EX3

Due to an almost full system drive on my mac I took the decision to order a larger drive (a 1 TB Corsair black) and reinstall the mac OS along with all of my other applications. It has to be said that although straight forward, this is a very time consuming task and one which makes you realise how many things you’ve had to set up in the past.

This proved to be especially true when it came to making Final Cut play nicely with my EX1 footage. I installed Sony’s XDCam Transfer application, as well as the XDCAM File Browser and the SxS Driver and thought my machine was ready to go. It wasn’t until I tried to import some footage using Final Cut’s ‘Log & Transfer’ that I realised I still had a problem. When trying to browse by SxS library in Log & Transfer I was getting unsupported Media errors.

After a little bit of searching and trying to remember what I did to make it work previously I redescovered the missing component, a plug-in from Sony called ‘XDCAM EX Log and Transfer Plug-in’. It’s possible to import video without this plug-in by using Sony’s XDCAM Transfer application, but I prefer using the built in Transfer app in Final Cut and this little plug-in is needed to make that work.

So, for the next time I forget what to do here’s a quick run down….

  1. Install Final Cut Studio
  2. Update Final Cut to the latest version (6.0.5 at the time of writing this)
  3. Download and Install the SxS Driver
  4. Download and Install Clip Browser
  5. Download and Install XDCAM Transfer (Includes the FAM driver)
  6. Download and Install the Log & Transfer Plugin
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  • Comments (9)
    • Max
    • March 20th, 2010 4:53pm

    I have to work with footage from an EX 3 but it doesn’t seem to work with Mac OS snow Leopard.
    Any idea ?

  1. Thanks for the post – really helped me to set up for EX 3 workflow.

    • jason Paul Swifte
    • February 1st, 2011 11:19pm

    I Paul i live in Australia and i can not download the links from Sony
    Could you please help me by helping me get the plugins?

    • Saeed
    • August 7th, 2011 4:52pm

    I’m saeed from Iran, I download Log&Transfer, I can’t install this plug in, Final studio 7 is install in my system.
    Error is ” you must have finalcut pro 6.0.5 or later”
    PLS help me.

  2. the links are not working anymore, could you be so kind to provide the new ones? thanks

    • Fe Bailey
    • January 9th, 2014 1:39am

    Aloha Paul,

    Do you happen to know what is the plug in that I need if I have Final Cut Pro 10??

    Thanks and all the best,

    • I don’t I’m afraid, although I do use FCPX I no longer own the EX1 so it’s not something I’ve had to deal with.

    • rajesh
    • August 5th, 2018 10:21am

    haiiiiii final cut pro 7 exporting