How to Convert GoPro HD/4K Footage to ProRes for Final Cut Pro

Published on by Chris King

If you have any issue when importing and editing GoPro Hero2/Hero3/Hero4 HD or 4K files in Final Cut Pro, just follow this simple guide, which offers you a quick fix for the problems with GoPro footage and FCP 6/7/X.

GoPro video cameras HD Hero 3, GoPro Hero3+, Hero4, etc are familiar with everyone whoever has passion for outdoor activities. If you've recorded some videos using your GoPro, you may want to edit them to make the recordings more stylish. While enjoying the stunning HD image quality, many folks are having problems when importing GoPro HD/4K footage to Final Cut Pro. If you’re in such a situation, you can read on the below article to learn more, which mainly shows you how to get GoPro HD or 4K footage and Final Cut Pro to work beautifully.

As far as I know, the GoPro camera records in MPEG-4 and outputs its files as .MP4 files (the container). Files are compressed using the h.264 codec (as opposed to AAC or Xvid and DivX usually found in .AVI containers). So the files you are getting out of GoPro HD are suited to be delivered as is, which is usually not what you want. The GoPro HD being an “always-on” type of camera worn on your helmet, attached to your bike, surfboard or other, you usually end up with long sequences of footage you then need to edit down.

Since the MP4 codec is a final delivery codec it is not one you want to use for editing. Therefore, in order to work with GoPro HD/4K footage in Final Cut Pro flawlessly, you first need to convert them to a more editing-friendly format, such a Final Cut Pro's ProRes. Actually, the process is straightforward as long as you got a suitable GoPro MP4 to ProRes converter. In this article, I will take Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac as example to show you the details.

The Brorsoft software is an easy-to-use yet professional Video Converter for GoPro HD/4K files. It can help you transcode GoPro videos to ProRes 422, ProRes 422 HQ or 4444 for using in Final Cut Pro X/7/6. Italso provides simple video editing functions for you. Besides, the Mac video converter canconvert HD videos from HD camcorders or DVs (like JVC, Panasonic, Sony and Cannon) forediting in Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Pro X, Final Cut Express, iMovie, Avid MC, Adobe PremierePro etc.

Converting GoPro HD/4K Footage for Editing in Final Cut Pro

Step 1: Download and install the GoPro to FCP Converter on your Mac, and then click "Add Files" button to import your GoPro MP4 HD, 4K to the software.

Tip: If you wanna combine GoPro MP4 files into one file, you can click the "Merge into one" box.

Step 2: Click the format bar, and move mouse cursor to "Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)" as output format.


1. Edit GoPro videos(optional)

Far more than a Mac video conversion program, it provides some video editing functions: trim video into smaller segments; remove unwanted objects from video; brand your video by embedding a watermark; importing subtitle files in .srt or .sst format to video files.

2. Settings

Click to set video resolution(1920×1080/1440×1080/1280×720/720×480), bitrate(from 1Mbps to 20Mbps), frame rate (24p/30p)

Step 3: After all the settings are OK, click the "Convert" button to start converting GoPro MP4 to ProRes on Mac.

After the conversion, just click Open button to locate the output files. You can now use your converted GoPro videos in Final Cut Pro with smooth editing.

Related Article and Tips:
How to convert GoPro footage for editing in iMovie
How to import GoPro Hero4 4K files to Avid Media Composer
How to prepare GoPro Hero4 4K footage for Adobe Premiere Pro

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