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Import 4K Footage to Final Cut Pro X/7/6

Import 4K Footage to Final Cut Pro X/7/6

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Will Final Cut Pro support 4K editing?

From Apple’s official page, we get the information that 4K resolution video editing is only available on Final Cut Pro X 10.1 version via HDMI on the following Mac computers:
– Mac Pro (Late 2013)
– MacBook Pro (Retina, Late 2013 and later)
The supported 4K resolutions are as follows. Note that not every 4K monitor will support both of these resolutions, and 4096 x 2160 is only supported via HDMI at 24fps.
4096 x 2160
3840 x 2160

Import 4K to FCP X/7/6

From above listed information, we can conclude that you will have no chance to edit 4K video on the previous version of Final Cut Pro X 10.1 such as Final Cut Pro 7/6. In addition, even you have the latest Final Cut Pro X 10.1 installed, but your Mac computer is not powerful to handle 4K video, you may find it become a challenging task for you to do the 4K video editing on FCP X 4K timeline. The last but most important point, the 4K video should be supported by Final Cut Pro, if not, you can even load the footage into FCP, not to mention to edit the footage with it. The following article will show you how to edit 4K video with Final Cut Pro 6/7, work 4K on slow Mac computer and import unsupported 4K to Final Cut Pro X.

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Edit 4K video with FCP 6/7

Since Final Cut Pro 6/7 lacks the ability to handle 4K resolution video, therefore, the best solution is compressing 4K to 1080p. Here, you can get the job easily completed with our powerful Mac 4K Video compressor – Pavtube Video Converter for Mac. Which not only helps to output Final Cut Pro X supported HD format but also enables you to adjust the output file resolution as 1920*1080 or 720p with small file resolution for smooth editing with FCP 6/7.

Work 4K on slow Mac computer with FCP X

Like Premiere Pro CC, Final Cut Pro X also offers built-in feature that allow users to edit 4K video on even the most anemic of systems by leveraging proxy media. In Final Cut Pro, proxy media is converted to Apple’s ProRes 422 Proxy format.

There are multiple ways to create Proxy media in Final Cut Pro X: You can do so upon initial media import, or you can do so after media is imported.

On the media import screen, you’ll see an option under the Transcoding section to create proxy media. Ensure that this option is checked to convert all imported videos to proxy media right after import.

 Create Proxy media on import

The second way to create proxy media can be employed after media is imported. Simply right-click on the media that you wish to convert to proxy media, select Transcode Media and check the box next to Create proxy media and click OK. You can also create proxy media via the Info tab in the Inspector.

Create Proxy media after import

Import unsupported 4K to Final Cut Pro X

Sometimes, even if you try to edit 4K video with Final Cut Pro X 10.1 on a powerful Mac computer, you may still end up with failure if the 4K video is not recognized by FCP X. The main reason is that FCP X supported formats with 4K resolution only includes H.264, Apple Prores, XAVC S. If you have a 4K video encoded with H.265/HEVC, FCP X will not import it. To fix this codec incompatible issue, you can still use our Mac Video Converter listed above to transcode the incompatible 4K H.265/HEVC to FCP X editable editing Apple Prores codec or H.264 codec. As H.264 is not an ideal editing format, here, we highly recommended you to encode 4K video to Apple Prores codec. Our program can assist you to produce Apple Prores in various different file types. Since your Mac computer are powerful enough to handle multicam and high-resolution video and you are also going to do many effects editing work with FCP X, it would be much ideal for you to choose “Apple Prores 422(*.mov)”or “Apple Prores 422(HQ)(*.mov)”for better performance.

Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac keeps constant update for the new Mac OS, therefore, feel free to install and download it on your Mac computer even if you have recently made an OS update. In addition, the program itself is quite simple to use, anyone can learn to use it in minutes. The result file with the program are high quality, you can’t tell the difference between the converted video and the original 4K video.

How to Import Unsupported 4K Video for FCP 6/7/X Post Editing Workflow?

Step 1: Add 4K videos.

Open the program, click “File” menu, from its drop-down option, select “Add Video/Audio” to load 4K video to the program.

Add 4K video

Step 2: Choose output file format.

From “Format” drop-down option, here you can choose Final Cut Pro best favorable Apple Prores editing codec. If you have a underpowered Mac computer or you wish to load 4K video for Final Cut Pro 6/7 editing, it is ideal for you to output “Apple Prores 422(Proxy)(*.mov)” or “Apple Prores 422(LT)(*.mov)” format.

Output Apple Prores 422 LT or Proxy

Tips: Click “Settings” on the main interface to open “Profile Settings” window, here, under video section, adjust output video resolution as “1920*1080″ or smaller resolution for smooth editing 4K video with FCP 6/7 or editing 4K video with FCP X on slow Mac computer.

If you try to edit unsupported 4K video with Final Cut Pro X on powerful Mac computer, it would be much ideal for you to choose “Apple Prores 422(*.mov)” or “”Apple Prores 422(HQ)(*.mov)”for high quality performance.

Output Apple Prores 422 or 422 HQ

Step 3: Start the conversion process.

After all the setting is over, go back to the main interface and hit right-bottom “Convert” button to start to convert 4K video to FCP 6/7X supported editing formats.

When the conversion is completed, launch FCP on your Mac computer to import converted video to FCP for smooth editing workflow.

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