GoPro HD is the world's first true 1080P HD and best selling wearable camera to record sporting and other activities. The latest GoPro Hero4 Black allows you to record at up to 4K resolution at 30 frames per second. While enjoying the stunning HD image quality, many folks are having problems when importing GoPro (4K) footage to Final Cut Pro (FCP X included). If you're in such a situation, you can read on to learn more. In this article, you will learn what's the reason and how to edit GoPro video files in FCP smoothly.
The GoPro HD records in MPEG-4 and outputs its files as .MP4 files (the container). Files are compressed using the h.264 codec. So the files you are getting out of GoPro HD are suited to be delivered as is, which is usually not ideal for editing. Therefore you will encounter problems when ingesting GoPro MP4 files to Final Cut Pro X, FCP 7 or FCP 6, either stretched and distorted or requires constant rendering, let alone the 4K footage from GoPro Hero4 Black. To make GoPro video files compatible with Final Cut Pro, the easy workaround is to convert GoPro MP4 to Apple ProRes encoded MOV, something that ensures maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with FCP 7 and FCP X.
To finish the task, you can try EaseFab Video Converter for Mac, which is fully compatible with all mojor Mac OS X operating systems like Yosemite, Mavericks, Mountain Lion, Lion, and Snow Leopard. With it you can easily rewrap and transcode GoPro (4K) MP4 to ProRes 422 codec which ensures best results for using in Final Cut Pro X/7/6. Besides, the Mac Video Converter adds some other advanced encoders like Apple Intermediate Codec, MPEG-2, DNxHD, etc. allowing you to convert video to seamlessly fit iMovie, Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, etc. Just get it and follow the step-by-step tutorial to convert GoPro HD footage for editing in Final Cut Pro smoothly.
Download the GoPro Video Converter for Mac:
How to convert GoPro MP4 to Apple ProRes for Final Cut Pro
Step 1. Import GoPro video files
Install and launch the best GoPro to FCP Converter and load the source GoPro MP4 files to the software.
Step 2. Select Final Cut Pro as the output format
Click on the "Editing Software" and you will see options to convert your .wmv video for certain video editing software. Since you will be importing the video to Final Cut Pro after the conversion, have "Final Cut Pro" (Actually a ProRes encoded MOV file) be your selected output format to get videos that are highly compatible with FCP X/7/6.
Tip - Profile Settings:
In case the default settings do not fit your requirement, you can click "Settings" button and enter "Profile Settings" panel to adjust video size, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channels.
Step 3. Start GoPro MP4 to ProRes conversion
Finally, click the big Convert button and your files will be converted into ProRes encoded .MOV files ready to be imported into FCP.
Additional Tips: 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.