Workflow on MPEG-4/H.264 Footage to Final Cut Pro X

A tutorial shows you below the correct ways of working MPEG-4 and H.264 videos smoothly with FCP X. If you find it doesn’t work when importing H.264 footage into FCP X for editing, you can have a try of converting H.264 to ProRes especially for Final Cut Pro with stable performance and editing.


Normally, we would like to adopt Final Cut Pro to edit MP4 videos, including YouTube MP4 videos, iTunes MP4 videos, Sony DSC-M1 MP4 Camcorder videos, etc. So I don’t know if you will meet some troubles when editing the MPEG-4 or H.264 videos in FCP X. Due to the FCP X best supported video formats, we may do some extra measures for those incompatible formats.

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Question: Does anyone know of a plugin for Final Cut Pro or a standalone editing application (Mac based) for mp4 – h.264 files? It seems that the standard and most recommended method for working with mp4 HD camera footage.

MP4: These files are compressed using H.264/MPEG-4 codec which is a final delivery codec not use for editing.

MPEG-4: It is an instance of the more general ISO/IEC 14496-12:2004 which is directly based upon the QuickTime File Format. MP4 (MPEG-4 Part 14) is a digital multimedia format most commonly used to store video and audio, but can also be used to store other data such as subtitles and still images.

From a further learning of MPEG-4 and H.264 and in order to smoothly edit the MPEG-4 and H.264 files in FCP X, we here can share this professional MPEG/H.264 to FCP X converter—Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac for all Mac users. This program will help you to convert MP4 to FCP X best supported Apple ProRes codec with no quality loss, and then you can load the footages to FCP X for editing as you want. This MP4 to FCP X converter has many presetted formats for output. Easy conversion steps are allowed below:

Step 1.Free download this MPEG-4/H.264 to ProRes Video Converter for Mac from our website, install and run this MP4 to FCP X converter on your Mac computer. If you also want to convert MP4 files on Windows 8/7/Vista/XP, you can also try the Windows version.


Step 2. Choose output format, to convert MP4 to FCP X ProRes file, you can click and choose Final Cut Pro -> Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov), this is best codec for Final Cut Pro X/7/6 editing, once converted MP4 to this codec, you won’t have any importing or editing problems.


Step 3. (Optional)This program has offered powerful customization feature, you can adjust the video and audio parameter by clicking “Settings”. Click “Edit”, you can trim, crop the MP4 video on Mac.

Go back to the main interface, if you are sure you have done all the preparation work, ht the ‘Convert’ icon, we are going to end the work nicely. After transferring the files into FCP X, we can edit the MPEG-4 and H.264 files freely.

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