How to Edit 4K Video in Final Cut Pro

Summary: Here give you the solution about how to edit 4k video in FCP smoothly.

Are you got a 4K camcorder? When you traveling with your friend or family, I think you often take up the instantaneous which the camcorder pats to like. Before you share it with others, you may edit these HD video in FCP 7 and FCP X. FCP 7 and FCP X can’t import your camcorder video? What a pity.

What video format can import to FCP 7 and X? You can get answer from Apple’s official website.

If you want to edit 4K videos in non-linear editing programs i.e. Final Cut Pro, you might need to take time to convert before you can start post production. The best way is to transcode the 4K files to an 2K Apple ProRes codec.

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The easy workaround I have worked out is to use a third-party video app to convert 4K to ProRes for FCP direct editing. Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac(read the review). It is provides the most reliable and professional 4K solutions to all format issues including 4K XAVC/XAVC S, 4K MP4, 4K MOV, 4K MXF and more. With it, you can convert 4K for FCP without any quality loss. It comes with hundreds of output format presets for 4K videos, such as Apple ProRes for Final Cut Pro, DNxHD for Avid, Apple InterMediate Codec for iMovie, MPEG-2 for Adobe Premiere. Besides, this 4K converter is also available to customize the output resolutions to any size like 1080p, 2K, 4K as users want.

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Convert 4K to ProRes for Final Cut Pro

Step 1: Load 4K footage to the converter 

Run the best HD Converter for Mac and click “Add file” or “Add from folder” button, browse to your source 4K footages and load them to the converter for conversion. You can check the “Merge into one” box to join several 4K files together. 

Step 2: Select Apple ProRes as output format 

Click the “Format” bar and select Final Cut Pro> Apple PreRes 422(*.mov) as output format. 

Step 3: Advanced profile settings 

Click the “Settings” button and set proper video/ audio parameters. You can reset set the video size, bitrate and fame rate. You can keep the original 4K resolution but also can adjust to 2K, 1080p video size just according to your needs. Usually 1920*1080 video size and 30fps video frame rate are recommended for FCP 7 editing.


Step 4: Start converting 4K to ProRes 

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

After the conversion, it would be easy to import 4K files into FCP for natively editing. 

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