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FCP 6/7 4K Solution- How to Import 4K video to FCP 6/7

May 5 2014 , Written by sophializhu Published on #4K HD videos to Final Cut Pro, #FCP 6-7 4K Solution, #Import 4K video to FCP

Summary: If you want to edit 4K videos in non-linear editing programs i.e. Final Cut Pro, you might need to take time to convert before you can start post production. That’s because FCP 6/7 can’t support 4K resolution video. And this article will show an easiest way.



What is currently the best and most efficient way to work with 4K video in Final Cut Pro 6/7? That is the question I asked myself. This post is an attempt to describe my workflow in detail.

As the development of technology, there are more and more 4K support cameras come out like Canon EOS 1D C, Sony F5, F55, Sony FDR AX1, AX100, Sony A7s, Panasonic GH4 and more. If you got one of the 4K camera, you may collect some 4K footage. The problem comes here is how to import and edit 4K videos like XAVC, XAVC S in FCP 6/7 smoothly?

Although FCP-X supports 4K, while Final Cut Pro 6/7 like many editors use 1080p as primary delivery format and will continue to do so for a long time. If you want to have a smooth 4K video and FCP workflow, you are advised to convert 4K video to ProRes for further editing in FCP 6/7.

My main workflow is based on transcoding 4K to Apple ProRes 422(1080p) with Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac, a professional 4K Video to FCP Converter.

Overall, this program is a completely professional 4K HD video converter, player and editor. Unlike some free video converters, it is capable of serving as the best 4K Video Converter for Mac. It provides hundreds of output format presets for 4K videos, such as Apple ProRes 422, Apple ProRes 422(HQ), Apple ProRes 422 (LT), Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy), and Apple ProRes 4444 for Final Cut Pro, AIC MOV for FCE (Final Cut Express) and iMovie, MP4 for any mobile or PC video players, and more formats for better editing, playing, and burning. This Ultra HD Video Converter is also available to customize the output resolutions to any size the users want.

Steps: How to Convert 4K video to ProRes for editing in Final Cut Pro 6/7

First, install the program on Mac and run it. Drag the 4K XAVC, XAVC S or other 4K files to the software. It supports batch conversion and joining multiple video clips into one file.



Secondly, click the “Format” bar and select Final Cut Pro> Apple PreRes 422(*.mov) as output format. Then, you can click the "Settings" button and customize proper video/audio parameters if necessary. Video size, bitrate and fame rate are flexible and can be adjusted as you like. Usually 1920*1080 video size and 30fps video frame rate are recommended for FCP editing.



Thirdly, hit the convert button to start the 4k video to ProRes conversion on Mac OS X. After the conversion, click Open to get the output videos.

Finally, start editing in FCP 6 or FCP 7. Create a project, make an event, drag the files to the event folder and start editing with light speed in FCP 6/7.

Additional Tips:

Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac can also help you transcode 4K videos to iMovie, FCE, Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro, etc. Just choose proper format in the second step.

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