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Right Way to Convert Raspberry Pi H.264 Recordings to FCP X

Right Way to Convert Raspberry Pi H.264 Recordings to FCP X

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Not only can the Raspberry Pi camera capture photos but it can also capture full HD video at 1920*1080. The official camera module has been optimized to use the full hardware media capabilities of the Pi’s processor which allows it to handle video that a standard 700MHz would struggle to process.


“Yesterday I got my shiny new ‘RasPiCam’ Raspberry Pi camera module about half an hour before I had to go out and teach. Being a good boy scout, I was ready for it and had it up and running within five minutes of it coming through the letterbox. But when I got back from school, I shot some test videos that I wanted to edit and publish. You know how it is. You have to publish something on day 1 or it didn’t happen, right? I knew there must be an FFMPEG command for it, but couldn’t find it anywhere. I wasted a couple of frustrating hours trying to figure out how to get the raw H.264 stream into FCP X, my editing suite, could handle.”

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 Raspberry Pi H.264 recordings 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 editing on Mac. So we could depend on Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac to rewrap H.264 recordings to ProRes MOV with fast conversion speed and high quality preserved. The one used here can meet your demands with its simple interface but rich functions.


How to convert Raspberry Pi H.264 recordings to 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 H.264 recordings. 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.  Video and audio synchronization are perfectly guaranteed. Now, you can edit Raspberry Pi H.264 recordings in FCP X without any hassles. You can also find more tips and tricks on Final Cut Pro in Pavtube FCP column. Do you want to make a unique gift that will be truly memorable on this year’s Father’s Day? Maybe you can take Pavtube special offer into consideration.

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