As the special MP4 files encoded by H.264, this kind of footage is not friendly with most popular editing tools, Final Cut Pro is not evitable. Does anyone know of a plugin for Final Cut Pro or a standalone editing application (Mac based) for mp4 – h.264 files? Today here we have two solutions to this question, I just wanna know which way will choose after reading.
Method 1. Compressor on Mac—may not be known even by Mac users.
Copy entire contents of your card to an appropriately titled folder on your hard drive. Once it has finished copying, open Final Cut Pro and create a new project by going to File > New Project.
Go to File > Save Project As… and save your new project with a descriptive title (e.g., include the show you are working on and the segment’s title).
Set your scratch disk to the appropriate hard drive (either your own external hard drive or an internal drive on the computer) by going to Final Cut Pro > System Settings.
Click Set (highlighted in green below) and navigate to your preferred drive. When you’re done, click OK.
Open Compressor. Drag the .mp4 files you want to edit from Finder to the box in Compressor that reads Drag a File to Create a Job.
Go to Edit > Select All.
Look for the Settings window in Compressor (shown above as the bottom left window). If it did not automatically open with Compressor, go to Window > Settings.
Then open the folder Apple > Formats > Quicktime, select the Apple ProRes 422 (HQ)setting file and drag it to all your selected video files.
Click on Destinations tab (next to Settings) Click the plus (+) button in the upper right corner of the Destinations window. Navigate to the location you want to save your files, select it and click Open.
This will create a custom destination in the Custom folder. Select all of your video files in the main window. Drag the destination you just created onto all your video files. Click Submit in the lower right corner of the main window. Wait while all your files process.
Once they are finished, select all of the files in Finder and drag them into a new bin in your Final Cut Pro Project. Then drag your footage from the bin into your sequence to edit your files!
Have those steps above scared you? If you choose the method above you must be caution or you may get some errors. No interest with that way? Never mind, here is also an easier way for you.
Method 2. H.264 MP4 to FCP for editing? So easy!
Download the Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac and directly drag your H.264 MP4 files in, then go to the ‘Format’ list to choose ‘Final Cut Pro’ for ‘Apple ProRes Codec 422’. Back to the interface to click the button ‘Convert’ for waiting the conversion with a fast speed. Next, easily transfer your files into FCP for further editing. It is all done! Do you like this way to share with your friends?
Note: In that Program, we can also do some personal adjustments on our own with ‘Editor’ item, or make the ‘Settings’ for your output videos. I’m sure you will fall love with these attractive functional items!
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