The Canon XF400/XF405 professional camcorder offers 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) in MP4 format at up to 60p. For Mac users who are looking for a professional non-linear video editing application to do some fast-forwarded post-production with the Canon XF400/XF405 4K footage, Apple’s Final Cut Pro X can be the best choice for you. But how about the workflow of Canon XF400/XF405 4K MP4 with FCP X?
Work Canon XF400/XF405 4K MP4 with FCP X
The Canon XF400/XF405 records 4K MP4 with MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 compression codec. From FCP X supported file types, we can see that this professional Mac NLE software has included native importing support for H.264 video. However, it would be not a good choice for you to directly edit H.264 with FCP X. The main reason is that H.264 is an 8-bit video format. If you edit it natively, you will start to lose image quality as you do color correction or composite gradients to create greenscreen keys. There just isn’t a lot of room to work. Transcoding to a higher bit-rate format solves these image quality issues.
Best editing format for FCP X
If you wish to create great looking effects without losing any quality, we highly recommend you to transcode Canon XF400/XF405 4K MP4 to Apple Prores format, which render fast and also have more room for plenty of ingredients.
Transcode Canon XF400/XF405 4K MP4 to Prores for FCP X
To produce Apple Prores from Canon XF400/XF405 4K MP4, you can’t miss Pavtube Video Converter for Mac. The program is very simple to use, you can easily export various types of Apple Prores formats including “Apple Prores 422(*.mov)”, “Apple Prores 422(HQ)(*.mov)”, “Apple Prores Proxy)(*.mov)” and “Apple Prores (LT)(*.mov)” with just few clicks. Just load your Canon XF400/XF405 4K footage into the application,
If your Mac computer is quite powerful enough to handle 4K resolution video and you wish to you are going to do many effects editing work with FCP X, it would be ideal for you to choose the “”Apple Prores 422(*.mov)”, “Apple Prores 422(HQ)(*.mov)” format. If your computer is very old or slow, then just select the “”Apple Prores Proxy)(*.mov)” and “Apple Prores (LT)(*.mov)” to produce a smaller Proxy file format for smooth post editing experience.
Pavtube Video Converter for Mac is available on macOS High Sierra, macOS Sierra, Mac OS X El Capitan, Mac OS X Yosemite, Mac OS X Mavericks, etc. It supports batch conversion mode, so that you can load multiple 4K video into the application at one time for conversion to save your precious time. What’s more, the program supports to produce high quality results, you can’t find any difference between the source video and the final result video.
Step by Step to Decode Canon XF400/XF405 4K MP4 to Prores for FCP X
Step 1: Import Canon XF400/XF405 4K videos.
From “File” drop-down option, select “add Video/Audio”to add Canon XF400/XF405 4K H.264 MP4 video files into the program
Step 2: Choose output file format.
From “Format” bar drop-down list, choose FCP X best favorable Apple Prores editing codec.
If you try to do more effects editing of the Canon XF400/XF405 4K video with FCP 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.
If you have a underpowered Mac computer, to get a smooth post editing workflow, it would be much ideal for you to choose”Apple Prores 422(Proxy)(*.mov)” or “Apple Prores 422(LT)(*.mov)” format.
Tips: Click “Settings” on the main interface to open “Profile Settings” window, here, you can flexibly adjust the output profile parameters including video codec, resolution, bit rate, frame rate, audio codec, bit rate, sample rate, channels, etc as you like to get better output video and audio quality.
Step 3: Start the conversion process.
After all setting is over, go back to the main interface and hit right-bottom “Convert” button to start to convert Canon XF400/XF405 4K H.264 to FCP X most compatible Apple Prores editing formats encoding process.
When the conversion is completed, launch Final Cut Pro X on your Mac computer to import converted video to FCP X for smooth post editing workflow.