Import and Edit (H.264/H.265) MOV in Final Cut Pro Easily
Q1: I have footages in QT h.264 codec, 1920x1080 24p, but I found that FCP struggles with these MOV files. Any solution?
Q2: I was wondering if anyone knows if there is a way to work with the H.265 .mov files from DJI Inspire 2 in FCPX? They come up all black with no image. Any help is appriciated.
As you see, the issues on MOV and Final Cut Pro ocurred from time time. Actually, MOV only means it is a QT file, can be one of many codecs. H.264 and H.265 codecs are not made for editing. If you want to import ande edit (H.264/H.265) MOV in Final Cut Pro, you need to convert them before bring to FCP timeline.
Since FCP plays well with ProRes as a codec, you can convert MOV to ProRes. And make sure keep the frame rate on current and progressive and it will work for you. To complete the task, you can get Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac, a professional MOV to ProRes converter for Mac(macOS Sierra included). With it, you can effortlessly transcode MOV files for smoothly importing and editing in various non-linear editing systems (NLE), including Final Cut Pro X, FCP 6/7, iMovie, Final Cut Express, Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, etc with profesional codecs like ProRes, Apple InterMediate Codec, MPEG-2, DNxHD...
Note: There are many converters available on the net... some free, some retail, some better than others. Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac is the one we've tested and applied.
(Note: Click here for OS X 10.5)
Convert MOV to ProRes 422, ProRes 4444 for Final Cut Pro
Step 1. Load MOV files
Download, install and run the MOV to FCP Converter; click "Add Videos" icon to load your source .mov files.
Step 2. Choose ProRes as output format
Click "Format" bar and choose "Final Cut Pro >> Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)" as output format for editing MOV files in FCP with natively supported video codec.
Step 3. Profile Settings
Then, you can click the "Settings" button and customize proper video/audio parameters if necessary. Video size, bitrate and fame rate are flexible and can be adjusted as you like.
Step 4. Start conversion
Hit the convert button to start the MOV to ProRes conversion on Mac OS X. After the conversion, click Open to get the output videos. Now, start editing MOV clips in Final Cut Pro at your will. Create a project, make an event, drag the files to the event folder and start editing with light speed in Final Cut Pro X or FCP 7.