As an upgraded version of DJI Mavic Pro, the new Mavic Pro Platinum is another attempt to become the go-to drone brand, brought with claims of better battery life and quieter operation. What doesn’t change is the video recording modes, this new camera also allows you to shot both DCI and UHD 4K video in either MP4 or MOV container file format with MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 compression codec. For Mac users, who owns the professional non-linear video editing application – Final Cut Pro X, which is published by Apple, you may wonder how to get a high quality and high performance editing workflow of Mavic Pro Platinum 4K with FCP X. The following article will illustrate this issue with great details.
Obviously, the H.264 MP4/MOV format shot with Mavic Pro Platinum is included in FCP X supported file formats, it also means that you can direct import the Mavic Pro Platinum Pro footage into FCP X without transcoding. What’s more, FCP X also offers blazing performance for 4K editing when working with Mac Pro. But for those people who wish to achieve a high quality and a high performance editing workflow, you should take the following 2 problems into consideration:
1. Is it H.264 the best editing codec for FCP X?
2. How about the editing workflow of 4K video with FCP X on slow Mac computer?
It is well known that H.264 is a good delivery file format but not a good editing codec for FCP X and other professional NLE application such as Premiere Pro CC, Davinci Resolve, Avid Media Composer, etc. It is an 8-bit video format. If you edit H.264 with FCP X natively, you 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.
The Apple Prores files, an extremely flexibly post-production foramt developed by Apple are larger, but they render faster and they have more room, so you can create great looking effects without losing any quality.
Here, you can export Apple Prores codec from DJI Mavic Pro Platinum 4K video by downloading Pavtube Video Converter for Mac (review). The application has perfect importing support for the H.264 MP4/MOV format shot with Mavic Pro Platinum camera. Thanks to its batch conversion mode, you can load multiple Mavic Pro Platinum 4K video into the application. The application can facilitate you to directly output Mavic Pro Platinum 4K to FCP X most favorable high quality and high performance editing codec – Apple Prores in various different file types. You can choose a suitable Prores types based on the following standards:
If your Mac computer is not old or slow, or you just want to do some rough editing, you can select to output “Apple Prores Proxy)(*.mov)”or “Apple Prores (LT)(*.mov)”format to save more space and bandwidth. However, if your computer are powerful enough to handle multicam and high-resolution video and you are going to do many effects editing work with FCP X, it would be ideal to output “Apple Prores 422(*.mov)”or “Apple Prores 422(HQ)(*.mov)”for better performance.
2. Editing workflow of 4K video with FCP X on slow Mac computer
Editing 4K video is much more taxing on the Mac computer, especially when employing various effects and color correction. Thankfully, Final Cut Pro X has built-in features that allow users to edit 4K video on even the most anemic of systems. In this post, we’ll show you how to leverage proxy media in order to successfully edit video on an underpowered Mac.
Use proxy media
Proxy media significantly enhances playback performance in Final Cut Pro X’s viewer by lowering the video quality to one-half resolution. In Final Cut Pro, proxy media is converted to Apple’s ProRes 422 Proxy format.
How to create proxy media
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.
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.
Tips: For those people who just want to export 1080p video from FCP X for conveniently playing and editing on those devices and applications that lacks the ability to handle 4K resolution video, then it would be ideal for you to use our application to directly compress 4K to 1080p for smooth editing workflow.
How to Transcode Mavic Pro Platinum 4K to Prores for Best Editing Workflow in FCP X?
Step 1: Import DJI Mavic Pro Platinum 4K video.
Launch the application on your Mac computer, from “File” drop-down option, select “add Video/Audio” to add source DJI Mavic Pro Platinum 4K files to the program.
Step 2: Select output file format.
From “Format” drop-down option, here you can choose Final Cut Pro X best favorable Apple Prores editing codec.
If you try to edit Mavic Pro Platinum 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.
If you have a underpowered Mac computer or you wish to load Mavic Pro Platinum 4K video into Final Cut Pro X for some rough editing, it is ideal for you to output “Apple Prores 422(Proxy)(*.mov)” or “Apple Prores 422(LT)(*.mov)” format.
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 Mavic Pro Platinum 4K to FCP X supported editing formats.
When the conversion is completed, launch FCP X on your Mac computer to import converted video to FCP X for smooth editing workflow.