MP4 to ProRes: Editing MP4 files in Final Cut Pro

Summary: Want to import and edit MP4 video files in Final Cut Pro? If so, you need to convert MP4 to ProRes MOV initially. Have no idea of it? No worry! This article aims to show you the best workflow of converting MP4 to ProRes.

Nowadays, many videos recorded with camcorders or mobile phones are in the MP4 formats. And in order to make videos become more wonderful, chances are you choose to edit these .mp4 files with Final Cut Pro or other professional editing software. If so, you probably get disappointed to find MP4 files are not supported/recognized by FCP 6, FCP 7 or FCP X.

"I am trying to edit some lengthy gameplay I have previously recorded. I used eye TV 3 and a HD PVR to capture the video and then converted the videos to mp4. When using iMovie everything works fine and importing the mp4 video to edit has no issues. But when I import the same mp4 file to Final Cut Pro X the video is extremely chopping and a green frame pops into the picture on playbacks every few seconds. Is there any software to convert MP4 to ProRes for FCP?"

In fact, MP4 actually is a final delivery file type and is heavily compressed, not ideal for editing FCP X/7/6 or other editing programs. On the other hand, ProRes, a lossy video compression format that developed by Apple Inc., is a kind of intermediate Codec optimised for capturing and editing video especially with Final Cut Pro 6/7 or Final Cut Pro X. Therefore, when you’re facing problems editing MP4 videos with FCP on Mac, it’s better to take advantage of the ProRes codec.

To finish the task easily and quickly, you can take advantage of the best MP4 to Apple ProRes converter called Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac, which can easily convert various MP4 files to Apple ProRes 4444, Apple ProRes 422 (HQ), Apple ProRes 422, Apple ProRes 422 (LT), and Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy), thus edit MP4 files in Final Cut Pro X/7/6. Besides MP4, it can also transcode more video file formats like MTS, MXF, M4V, AVI, MKV to Final Cut Pro most compatible Apple ProRes .mov without any quality loss. If you want to convert MP4 to ProRes for editing with FCP on Windows, please turn to Brorsoft Video Converter. Now just download its free trail version and follow the below guide to convert .MP4 files to edit in Final Cut Pro X or FCP 7/6 smoothly.

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Simple Steps to Trasncode MP4 files to Apple ProRes 422/444 on Mac
Step 1. Add MP4 files

Run the MP4 to ProRes Converter program and click the “Add File” button to import your MP4 vidoes to the software. Batch conversion is supported, so you can load more than one file to save time. You can check also the “Merge into one” box to join some clips together if you need.

Step 2. Choose ProRes as the output format

Go to “Format” page to choose Apple ProRes 422(*.mov) as target format from the presets list in “Final Cut Pro”. Of course, Apple ProRes 422 (HQ)(*mov), Apple ProRes 422(LT)(*mov), Apple ProRes 422(Proxy)(*mov) are also the proper format for FCP 7/X.

Step 3. Set advanced settings (Optional)

In the Profile “Settings” window, you can adjust the video and audio parameters including bitrate, video size, frame rate, channel and more.

Step 4. Start converting MP4 to ProRes

At this point, you can change the output filename or output path if you wish. If you feel satisfied with your options, Just hit the Convert button to activate MP4 file to ProRes conversion. This program is highly efficient because it’s boosted with CPU and GPU (30X faster). And a neat process bar will show the percentage and remaining time.

When all conversions completed, you’ll get a pop-up notice. Just click “Open Folder”, you can fast find where your converted files are saved.

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