Final Cut Pro X H265 Support- Import H.265 to FCP X

Summary: Have you ever run into a situation where you can’t edit H265 files in Final Cut Pro X? In this part we’ll look at how FCP X deals with H.265/HEVC video, and how you can import them for smooth editing.

Searching online, we find that many guys are complaining that there is still no HEVC/H.265(One of the key new codecs for all of us in 2015, which will, fairly quickly, replace H.264 as the codec of choice for the web.) support in FCP X and QuickTime. The following article will explain the reason why Final Cut Pro X won’t import H.265 files as well as provide the solution on how to successfully import H.265 to Final Cut Pro X on Mac OS X(El Capitan included).

As what I’ve found the basic reason for Final Cut Pro X does not recognize H.265 files captured from Samsung NX1 or downloaded online is that currently, Apple has no plan to add support for H.265 codec. To edit H.265 videos with Final Cut Pro X, you'll need to convert H.265 to a more editing-friendly format, such a Final Cut Pro's ProRes in advance.

To get the work done, you can take Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac, an easy-to-use yet professional H.265 encoder and decoder. This program features high efficiency and seamless conversion. With it, you can effortlessly convert H.265 video to ProRes encoded MOV files - ensuring maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with FCP X, FCP 7 and FCP 6. In additon, the program can also help you transcode H.265 files to Apple Intermediate Codec, DNxHD, MPEG-2, AVI, WMV, FLV, etc. for smoothly editing or playback with iMovie, Avid, Adobe Premiere, etc. Just download it and follow the tutorial below to convert H.265/HEVC to FCP on Mac.

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How to encode H.265 to Final Cut Pro X on Mac

1. Step 1. Install and launch H.265 Video Converter on your Mac, and then import H.265 files to the converter.

Tip: Check the “Merge into one” box, you can join several H.265 clips together.



2. Click "format" bar and choose "Final Cut Pro -> Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)" as Final Cut Pro X compatible codec for editing H.265 footage in FCP X smoothly. ProRes 422(HQ), Pro Res 422(LT), Pro Res 444, Pro Res 422(Proxy) are all the proper choice.



3. Tap "settings" to customize the output parameters- adjust the video size, bitrate, frame rate, audio sample rate, audio channel, etc to get a decent video for editing in Final Cut Pro.



4. Click convert button to start transcoding H.265 to ProRes .mov on Mac.

Click "Convert" button to start encoding H.265 to Apple ProRes MOV for Final Cut Pro X under Mac OS Yosemite.

With the H.265 to ProRes converter, you can easily encode H.265 videos to Final Cut Pro for editing. This software runs fast, so you can convert your source H.265 files to FCP X in less time, and video and audio synchronization is perfectly guaranteed.

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