4K workflow in Final Cut Pro X/7

Q1: “Can FCP 7.0.3 edit 4k material? I’m working on a 4K project on a MacPro.”

Q2: “I may have a 4K edit job in the next few months. I’m running FCPX on an iMac. Can Final Cut Pro X support 4K files perfectly?”

As more and more 4K support cameras come out like Sony F5, F55, Sony AX100, Sony A7s, Panasonic GH4, DJI Phantom 3, Canon XC10 and more, more and more guys are stuck in 4K importing & editing issues. The typical one is how to import 4K to Final Cut Pro 7/X. In this article, we will talk about the issue and give you some hints.

Although FCP-X(FCP X 10.1.) supports some 4K videos( 4K ProRes, Sony XAVC and REDCODE RAW), while old version FCP X and Final Cut Pro 6/7 and 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 in proper settings(1080p) for further editing in FCP 6/7/X.  With the help of Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac, you can easily achieve the goal.

Overall, this program is a completely professional 4K 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.

How to Convert 4K videos to ProRes for Final Cut Pro

Step 1: Add 4K source video > Click “Add” button on the top of the main interface to load original 4K videos to the program. Or you can simply drag&drop the videos to the software.

Step 2: Choose ProRes as output format > Press “Format” option and navigate the mouse cursor to choose “Format > Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” as the best codec for FCP  on Mac.

Step 3: Advance video/audio settings > 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.

Step 4: Start 4K to FCP conversion 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. And you can start editing these transcoded 4K files in FCP 7, FCP X. Create a project, make an event, drag the files to the event folder and start editing with light speed in FCP.

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