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4K Workflow in FCP: Convert/Import 4K footage to Final Cut Pro X or FCP 7/6

July 1 2013 Published on #4K Camcorder video converter, #4k workflow in fcp, #edit 4k footage in fcp x, #import 4k video to final cut pro

Summary: With the 4K Camcorder video converter, you can easily import and edit Sony, Blackmagic, GoPro, Panasonic 4K Camcorder AVCHD/MTS/M2TS/MXF videos in Final Cut Pro X or FCP 7 by transcoding to Apple ProRes format.

Are you got a 4K camcorder? When you traveling with your friend or family, I think you often take up the instantaneous which the camcorder pats to like. Before you share it with others, you may edit these HD video in FCP 7 and FCP X. FCP 7 and FCP X can’t import your camcorder video? What a pity.

What video format can import to FCP 7 and X? You can get answer from Apple’s official website. This link is about Final Cut Pro X supported video and audio format:


Note 1: Import, export, and edit MXF-wrapped media from archives or asset management systems via third-party plug-ins.

Note 2: Background transcode original media to ProRes 422 or ProRes Proxy for better performance.

The latest version of the FCP X support import video resolution up to 5K, why FCP 7 and FCP X can't import 4K video files? Obviously, resolution isn’t a problem, video format is a major cause. Different video format has different video and audio codec, FCP X and FCP 7 doesn’t support all formats importing. Such as FCP X and FCP 7 can’t import some 4K AVCHD/MTS/M2TS video files, FCP X and FCP 7 can’t import 4K MXF video from Sony, Blackmagic, GoPro, Panasonic and Canon etc.

So, How to edit 4K video in Final Cut Pro X and FCP 7?

Through the introduction of apple.com, we can get a best solution for 4K video, that is transcode transcode 4K video to Apple ProRes, which ensures maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with Final Cut Pro X or FCP 7. To get the work done, we need to get some help from a 4K video to ProRes Converter. Here Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac is a nice choice to achieve your goal smoothly. With it, you can effortlessly transcode Sony, Blackmagic, GoPro, Panasonic, Canon 4K video to ProRes 422 codec which ensuring the best results when using FCP X/7. This will help you import the file correctly and saving the rendering time. Below is a brief guide for you.

The 4K Video Converter supported 4K Camcorders:

Sony: FS700, CineAlta F5, CineAlta F55, CineAlta F65

Canon : EOS C500, EOS-1D C DSLR,

Astrodesign AH-4413, Point Grey Flea3 8.8 MP, GoPro HERO3 Black, Nvidia GTX Titan, AMD Radeon HD 7970

Guide: How to Convert 4K video to FCP X/7 ProRes 422

Step 1: Load 4K video to the 4K to FCP Converter

Click "Add" or "Add from folder" and import the 4K video into this software. Besides ProRes, 4K Video to Mac converter Mac can help you transcode 4K video to DNxHD, Apple Intermediate Codec, MPEG-2, WMV for Avid, iMovie, FCE, Premiere Pro for Mac importing natively.

Step 2: Choose output format

Click on "Format" bar and locate the appropriate output profile. move mouse cursor to “Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” to set a FCP 7/X best codec.

Step 3: Start transcoding 4K video to ProRes 422

Click Convert button to start Sony, Blackmagic, GoPro, Panasonic and Canon 4K video to FCP 7 and FCP X ProRes 422 conversion.

After conversion, locate and select the file you want to import, then click Import for further editing in Final Cut Pro 7/X smoothly. Now, you can edit 4K video on Mac in Final Cut Pro 7 or FCP X or FCP 6 natively, smoothly without any problem. Video and audio quality and synchronization are perfectly guaranteed.

Some more helpful features of the app:

1. Settings- click to set video resolution(1920×1080/1440×1080/1280×720/720×480), bitrate(from 1Mbps to 20Mbps), frame rate (24p/30p)

2. Editor (next to “Add” icon)- click to set deinterlace, denoise, mute, volume up, trim, crop, etc.

Tips: Before you try to do the conversion, if you are also a FCP X user, please make sure that you have installed the Apple ProRes Codec manually since the FCP X asks users to install it by themselves.
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