Read this guide to learn how to convert and transcode H.264 file to Apple ProRes video, which ensures the best results when using H.264 in FCP X/7/6.
As we know, H.264, together with MPEG-4 Part 10 and AVC, is a standard for video compression/codec and widely used for high quality (HD) video recording, compression and distribution. You can access many video sources in H.264 like from YouTube, Vimeo, HD camera/camcorders, etc. While, editing H.264 files is not so easy as playing H.264. Anyway, I received no luck importing H.264 to Final Cut Pro. In the very end, I astonishedly found a workaround to use the H264 file in FCP by converting H264 to ProRes with an amazing tool. Here is how.
For most H.264 video files, you need an app like Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac to make H.24 clips compatible with Final Cut Pro. This software is fully compatible with all major Mac OS X operating systems like Yosemite, Mavericks, Mountain Lion, Lion, and Snow Leopard.
Overall, the program is a professional yet all-in-one H.264 file conversion tool. With it, you can easily rewrap all H.264 files to ProRes 422, ProRes 422 HQ or ProRes 4444 losslessly for using in Final Cut Pro X/7/6. It also provides simple video editing functions for you. Besides, the Mac video converter can convert H.264 MOV/MP4 for editing in almost all the editing programs like Final Cut Express, iMovie, Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro etc. Just download it and follow the tutorial below to encode H.264 to Apple ProRes for FCP X or Final Cut Pro 6/7.
Converting H.264 to Apple ProRes for Editing in Final Cut Pro
Step 1: Launch the H.264 to ProRes Converter; click "Add" button from main menu to browse your computer hard drive and select the H.264 files you want to convert. Or you can easily drag-and-drop files into this application for converting.
Step 2: Click the "Format" bar and select Final Cut Pro> Apple PreRes 422(*.mov) as output format. This format is specially designed for FCP, so that you can edit your original H.264 video in Final Cut Pro perfectly.
Tip: In case the default settings do not fit your requirement, you can click “Settings” button and enter “Profile Settings” panel to adjust video size, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channels.
Step 3: Click Convert button to start encoding H.264 to Apple ProRes for Final Cut Pro instantly.
Once the lossless H.264 to ProRes 422 conversion is done, you can transfer your H.264 clips into Final Cut Pro X or FCP 6/7 for editing smoothly on Mac with ease.
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