Convert Blackmagic HD 4K Video to 1080p ProRes 422 for FCP Editing

Blackmagic Design announce the URSA in April, a user upgradeable 4K camera and the Blackmagic Studio Camera. We were expecting an 8K model from Blackmagic today! Nothing at that resolution, but we weren’t disappointed. With the stunning features, both professional producers and camera amateurs would eager to have it for video recording and edit the Blackmagic footage in editing programs.


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The updated Final Cut Pro now has native support for 4K ProRes importing and editing. However, sometimes, for Blackmagic Design camera users who have captured a 4K video footage in ProRes 422 HQ formats, you may wish to compress 4K video to 1080p so that more space on your Mac hard drive can be saved. To keep a balance between file size and video quality, it is ideal for you to downscale 4K HD ProRes to 1080p ProRes format for FCP editing.

To transcode Blackmagic HD 4K ProRes to 1080p ProRes, you can utilize Pavtube Video Converter for Mac (review), which not only imports 4K ProRes with no difficulty, but also enables you to downscale Blackmagic 4K ProRes to 1080p ProRes format that has specially optimized by Final Cut Pro.

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How to convert Blackmagic HD 4K video to 1080p ProRes 422 for FCP editing?

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 Blackmagic 4K videos. You can load several files at once thanks to “Add from folder” button. You can check the “Merge into one file” box to join several video files together.

Step 2: Click “Format” bar to determine output format. For best image quality, click the format bar and choose “Final Cut Pro>>Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” as output format.

Step 3: Click the “Settings” button and customize proper video/audio parameters including Video size, bitrate and fame rate and more. Usually 1920*1080 video size and 30fps video frame rate are recommended for FCP editing.

Step 4: When you finish all settings, hit “Convert” button to start transcoding Blackmagic HD 4K video for Final Cut Pro on Mac. You can follow the conversion process from the pop-up windows.

Conclusion: After the conversion, it would be easy to import Blackmagic HD 4K video to FCP for natively editing.

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