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Final Cut 7/X MP4 files importing tips-Convert 1080p/720p mp4 to ProRes 422 for FCP (X) editing on Mac

In this article, you will learn the best way to import and edit .MP4 files in Final Cut Pro X or FCP 7 without rendering on Mac. Just follow it.

We usually saw FCP users encounter importing issues when attempting to edit MP4 files with Final Cut Pro 7 or FCP X. Let's see some frequently asked questions on this:

Q1: Problem Importing .mp4 into Final Cut Pro - im having trouble importing a .mp4 i ripped off a dvd my friend gave me of him playing lacrosse. i plan to make a highlight reel of him to send to colleges. basically i guess im looking to figure out how to convert this .mp4 file to something that will play nice with final cut pro.

Q2: I need to convert a 2.7k mp4 from a GoPro Hero 3 at 45mb/s to ProRes so I can edit in Final Cut 7. Which software I can use and how can I convert and keep the 45mb/s bit rate??

Q3: "Any suggestions on how to convert H.264 Mp4 files? I have a CG-10 Sanyo and that's the file it converts to, 720p. Looking to edit the footage with existing DV footage in Final Cut Pro Studio like FCP."

Normally, we would like to adopt Final Cut Pro to edit MP4 videos, including YouTube MP4 videos, iTunes MP4 videos, Sony DSC-M1 MP4 Camcorder videos, etc. in order to get better videos or more wonderful video files. Well, Final Cut Pro might not work with some MP4 files sometimes due to the codec issue or other reasons. In this case, to smoothly edit MP4 in Final Cut Pro 7 or FCP X, the easy workaround is to convert MP4 to ProRes MOV which is the best codecs with best results when working with Final Cut Pro. For this purpose, this article will guide through how to to rewrap and transcode .mp4 to ProRes MOV in details.

Converting MP4 to Apple ProRes 422 MOV for Final Cut Pro

The quick workaround is to use the easy-to-use yet professional app called Brorosft Video Converter for Mac which can be used as a Mac MP4 to ProRes Converter under OS X Leopard (10.5), Snow Leopard (10.6), Lion (10.7), Mountain Lion (10.8). It is free, clean and safe to install and use. With it, you can effortlessly transcode 720p/1080p MP4 files to ProRes 422 encoded MOV for Final Cut Pro 7/X, and it works well and converts flawlessly. Meanwhile, the Mac Video Conversion tool can create files compatible with various non-linear editing systems like Avid, FCE, FCP X, iMovie, and Adobe Premiere (Pro) etc. Below is how.

1: Load MP4 files to the Program

You can directly drag and drop the MP4 files to the software, or click "Add" or "Add From Folder" to locate the MP4 files into the MP4 to FCP Mac converter.

2. Choose Final Cut Pro 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 6/7 and FCP X on Mac.

Tips: You can click “settings” button in the main interface to customize the output video’s parameters, such as resolution, frame rate, etc.

3. Start MP4 to Final Cut Pro Conversion on Mac OS X

Click the big "Convert" button at the bottom right corner, this Mac video converter will start to convert MP4 to ProRes for Final Cut Pro X or FCP 7! Once the conversion completes, you are free to use MP4 files in FCP!

Before the conversion, you can edit the MP4 videos. By clicking “Edit” button, you can trim, crop the video, or add watermark and adjust effect to the videos which you will convert.

Trim – Choose to reserve the part you need. Just choose the chapter which you need to trim, to set “start time” or “end time”, type the portion which you want to save.

Crop – Remove black edges of your video or just get the scale of this video you want.

Effect – Adjust the effects by adjusting the parameters, such as:

1) Deinterlacing – If there are some stripes on the picture, you can check this option to make a better picture effect. (Checked by default)

2) If you want to get 3D effect, just enable this fuction and do settings.

Additional Tips:

1. If you are also a FCP X user, before you try to do the conversion, don’t forget to make sure that you have installed the Apple ProRes Codec manually since the FCP X asks users to install it by themselves.

2. If you want to edit .mp4 in iMovie, you just need to choose the “iMovie and Final Cut Express -> Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)” in the second step.

3. If you want to batch conversion, the professional iMedia Converter for Mac is the best choice for you.

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rramagge 09/17/2013 20:32

hi i was wondering what i do i have done everythin but when i try making the output final cut pro it wont let me use the actual app i can go into either the projects files or the events files? if i use one of them do i then go into the file thet says something like original movies or do i do something else? plz help advise

jacknjchn 09/18/2013 03:29

hi, rramagge

Events are collections of media. Projects are the instructions on how that media is to be edited.

Events are stored in folders inside the Final Cut Events folder. You can have one of these folders on each hard drive attached to your system.

Projects are also stored in folders inside the Final Cut Projects folder. You can have one of these folders on each hard drive attached to your system.

Here are the ten key points you need to remember, wish these can help you :
1.FCP X only displays Events that are in the Final Cut Events folder.
2.FCP X only displays Projects that are in the Final Cut Projects folder.
3.Every hard drive on your system can have either a Final Cut Events folder, a Final Cut Projects folder, or both stored on it.
4.When creating a new Event, first select the drive where you want the Event stored in the Event Library, then create the Event.
5.When creating a new Project, first select the drive where you want the Project stored in the Project Library, then create the Project.
6.To make an active Event inactive, drag the ENTIRE Event folder out of the Final Cut Events folder.
7.To make an inactive Event active, drag the ENTIRE Event folder into the Final Cut Events folders.
8.To make an active Project inactive, drag the ENTIRE Project folder out of the Final Cut Projects folder.
9.To make an inactive Project active, drag the ENTIRE Project folder into the the Final Cut Projects folder.
10.Always drag entire folders, NEVER drag individual files within the folder.