Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Run into a Solution Editing MP4 in FCP X

Though MP4 is a listed supported format by Final Cut Pro X, many people are still having problems of importing MP4 to FCP X. The following page will explain why as well as provide an easy solution on how to successfully use all kinds of MP4 files in FCP X.

Generally, we would like to use video editing programs like Final Cut Pro X to edit MP4 videos, including YouTube MP4 videos, iTunes MP4 videos, Sony XDCAM EX MP4 Camcorder videos, etc. in order to get better videos or more wonderful video files. However, FCP X might not work with some MP4 files, have a look at the related issue "can't import MP4 into Final Cut Pro X":

"My son and I have just downloaded the trial version of FCP X and am running into an import problem.

All his videos are recorded in MP4 format on an SD card.

When we try to import the clips from the SD card, they appear in FCPX as a black clip with audio only.

I've looked around online and it seems that some other people are having the same issue and are saying that  you have to buy a converter software.

It seems to me that -- for $300 -- this software ought to be able to handle the most common video format that exists.

A.  What am I missing?

B.  How can I resolve this?

Thanks in advance for your assistance!


I searched the MP4 and Final Cut Pro X on Google. Well, I've found out the solution yet to solve the problem with importing MP4 into FCP X.

According to Apple, though Final Cut Pro X update to import MP4 video, it only support MP4 encoded with H.264. If the MP4 is encoded with other video codec, Final Cut Pro X will still fail to import MP4. In order to ingest MP4 files into FCP X for editing smoothly, the easy workaround is to transcode MP4 footage to Prores, which is natively supported by Final Cut Pro. 

To get the work done, you can take like iFastime Video Converter Ultimate for Mac, which is one of the best Mac MP4 to Prores converter tool for you. The program comes with several optimized format for Final Cut Pro, which enable you to transcode MP4 to Prores .mov for using in FCP X directly without any rendering or codec problems. Just download it and follow the tutorial below to convert MP4 files to FCP X on Mac (OS X El Capitan).

Free Download iFastime Video Converter Ultimate for Mac:

How to convert MP4 to ProRes for Final Cut Pro X on Mac (El Capitan)

Please make sure you have installed ProApps QuickTime Codecs, or you may get files with sound only without video. 

Step 1: Launch the Mac MP4 to FCP X Converter; click "Add video" button from main menu to browse your computer hard drive and select the .MP4 files you want to convert. Or you can easily drag-and-drop files into this application for converting. You can also load video files formatted in .avi, .wmv, .flv, .vob, etc.

Tip: You can check the "Merge into one" box to merge several MP4 video files together for easier editing.

Step 2: Click the format bar, and move mouse cursor to "Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)" as output format.

Actually, different Apple ProRes codec corresponds to different needs: 

Apple ProRes 422 – Higher quality than Apple ProRes 422 (LT);
Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) – Keep original video quality for editing in FCP;
Apple ProRes 422 (LT) – Get a smaller file sizes than Apple ProRes 422;
Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy) – SD levels – 480i/p and 576i/p. Used in offline workflows.
Apple ProRes 4444 – Edit and finish 4:4:4 material.

Step 3: Click the "Star conversion" button at the bottom right corner to start encoding MP4 files to Apple ProRes MOV for Final Cut Pro X under El Capitan.

Some more helpful features of the MP4 to ProRes Converter for Mac

1. Settings- click to set video resolution(1920×1080/1440×1080/1280×720/720×480), bitrate(from 1Mbps to 20Mbps), frame rate (24p/30p). Here suggests 25P in PAL (30p in NTSC) to keep high video quality and smooth edit in FCP X.

2. Edit selected task (next to "Add video" icon)- click to set deinterlace, denoise, mute, volume up, trim, crop, etc.

Once the MP4 to ProRes 422 conversion is done, you can transfer your MP4 files into Final Cut Pro X for editing smoothly on Mac with ease.

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