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Import Pentax K-3 II Videos to FCP X for Natively Editing

Import Pentax K-3 II Videos to FCP X for Natively Editing

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Pentax DSLR is excellent on the camera field, the excellent lens and body has attracted a lot of fans. In this article, you will learn the way to import Pentax K-3 II recorded H.264/MPEG-4 MOV videos to FCP X for editing natively.

Pentax K-3 II is unveiled not long ago. Pentax company said that the K-3 II is not intend to replace the Pentax K-5 II DSLR, but instead sit alongside it in a higher position in Pentax’s DSLR product line. The K-3 II competes with the Nikon D7100 and Canon EOS 70D, which are hot DSLR cameras of the two manufacturers.


The high quality of Pentax K-3 II has attracted great attention in the camera field, many people have choose this DSLR as their main camera. With Pentax K-3 II, we can take high quality photos, as well as full-HD videos. These vivid 1080p videos will in the format of H.264/MPEG4 MOV, with this format, you can play Pentax K-3 II videos on Mac Yosemite smoothly.

Problems you may meet when importing Pentax K-3 II H.264/MPEG-4 MOV videos  to FCP X:
“I’ve some H.264/MPEG-4 MOV videos recorded by Pentax K-3 II and I’d like to edit K-3 II videos in FCP X for better visual effects. However, I always encounter importing issues when I tried to import Pentax K-3 II videos to FCP X and it takes long time to render. It seems that FCP X cannot recognize H.264/MPEG-4 MOV files. My friend told me that H.264/MPEG-4 MOV won’t work in FCP X and I need to convert H.264/MPEG-4 MOV to ProRes 422 for FCP X native editing. Is it possible? How to?”

Some main files formats recommended for Final Cut Pro:
Video Formats: Apple Animation codec, Apple Intermediate codec, Apple ProRes(all versions), AVC-intra, AVCHD (including AVCCAM, AVCHD Lite, and NXCAM), DV (including DVCAM, DVCPRO, and DVCPRO50), DVCPRO HD, H.264, HDV, iFrame, Motion JPEG(OpenDML only), MPEG IMX(D-10), REDCODE RAW (R3D), Uncompressed 10-bit 4:2:2, Uncompressed 8-bit 4:2:2, XAVC, XDCAM HD/EX/HD422, QuickTime formats.

Audio Formats: AAC, AIFF, BWF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV

Container Format: 3GP, AVI, MP4, MXF, QuickTime

Still-image Formats: BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, PSD, RAW, TGA, TIFF

Generally, we can use Log and Transfer or Log and Capture to import K-3 II H.264/MPEG-4 MOV to FCP X for editing, but don’t expect it to result in top quality. From Apple official website or the information we mentioned above, you will know that FCP best supported video codec is Apple ProRes codec, which is native codec for Final Cut Pro X editing on Mac. So we could depend on Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac to rewrap H.264/MPEG-4 MOV to ProRes with fast conversion speed and high quality preserved. The one used here can meet your demands with its simple interface but rich functions.

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How to edit Pentax K-3 II H.264/MPEG-4 MOV videos in FCP X?

Step 1: Download and have a quick installation. The trial version will have a watermark on your converted files. Except for that, there are no time limitation, no virus, and no unnecessary bundle apps while downloading. After that, click “Add Video” button to load your K-3 II videos. You can load several files at once thanks to “Add from folder” button.

Step 2: Here, you need to choose what you want the output to be. Click “Format” drop-down list, and then select “Final Cut Pro>>Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” as the best output format.

Step 3: Click “Settings” button to customize the output video and audio settings by yourself. But if you are not good at it, you’d better use the default parameters, they will ensure you a good balance between file size and image quality basically. You can change the resolution, bit rate, frame rate as you need.

Step 4: When everything is done, you can take a preview by hitting “Play” button. If you are satisfied with the final result, you can click “Convert” button to finish the conversion work.

Conclusion: When the conversion is done, you can click “Open” to get your generated files. Now, you can edit K-3 II H.264/MPEG-4 MOV videos in FCP X without any hassles.

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