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Tips & Tutorials: Editing MP4 files with Final Cut Pro

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You would handle kinds of video files daily, including YouTube MP4 videos, Sony MP4 Camcorder videos(XDCam-EX), GoPro MP4 videos, etc. And in order to get more wonderful videos, you probably will choose to edit these .mp4 files with Final Cut Pro or other Mac based applications on Mac OS X. While, there are dozen of .mp4 files can't be imported into the Final Cut software, for the complex video codec of MP4 files.

Q1: Problem importing .mp4 into Final Cut Pro 7

"I'm having trouble importing a .mp4 I ripped off a DVD my friend gave me of him playing lacrosse. I plan to make a highlight reel of him to send to colleges. Basically I guess I'm looking to figure out how to convert this .mp4 file to something that will play nice with Final Cut Pro 7. Any help is much appreciated."

Q2: Issues importing .mp4 files to Final Cut Pro 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. I am lost and any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks."

Well, you can't edit a MP4 video directly in Final Cut Pro including the lastest FCP X and problems may occur as above quoted words described. In fact, MP4 is a final delivery file type, and is heavily compressed. You need to change the file extentsion from ".mp4" to "a codec" that FCP can read more easily (without rendering basically). The codec is Apple ProRes, which ensures maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with Final Cut Pro. To convert MP4 files to ProRes MOV, Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac is an easy-to-use yet professional app to achieve your goal smoothly.

Overall, the MP4 to FCP Converter is free, clean and safe to install and use. And only with barely several mouse clicks, you can get the whole job done. 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. 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 .

Free download MP4 to ProRes Converter Mac:

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How to Convert MP4 and Import MP4 to Final Cut Pro X/7/6

Step 1: Load MP4 files to the program

Launch the MP4 to FCP X Converter and click "Add File" button to locate the .mp4 file(s) you want to add. Check the "Merge into one file" box, you can join several .mp4 clips together if necessary.

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Step 2: Select output format

When it comes to choosing the output format for these target videos, you directly one choose "Final Cut Pro" preset. For compression, Apple ProRes 422 will do fine for keeping the original MP4 quality the same and creating a Final Cut friendly file format. Apple has made a few variations to the ProRes family - use ProRes 422(Proxy) or (LT) for smaller file sizes(Applied to FCP 7 and above version).

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Step 3 (optional): Adjust the video, audio settings

Click "Settings" to fix the frame rate, bitrate, video size, etc to your needs. If you want to edit in Final Cut without having to render the clips while editing, all the frame sizes must be the same as the sequence settings. You can save a lot of render time by making all the clips the same size with this Mac MP4 converter.

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Step4: Start MP4 to ProRes conversion on Mac

Click the big "Convert" button at the bottom right corner to finish transcoding MP4 to ProRes for FCP.

When the conversion is done, you can find the output files by clicking "Open" button on the main interface, then you can transfer the encoded MP4 files to your Final Cut Pro, FCP 7 or 6 to edit with ease. Once you've got your video edited, you can export to any codec/container that you'd like for playing and sharing.

Related Guides:
How to Import MP4 files into iMovie
How to Convert GoPro MP4 for Editing in Avid Media Composer
How to Get Samsung Galaxy gadgets to Play your Large MP4 files

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