Got my replacement Mavic Pro and started messing about editing my Mavic Pro footage (4K – 3840 x 2160 @30fps) in Final Cut Pro. Searching DJI forum, I got some tips.
The DJI Mavic Pro record 4K or HD video with MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, and Final Cut Pro have native import support for this format; however, it is well known that H.264 is not an ideal editing format, you will suffer the following problems if you try to directly edit the Mavic Pro video with FCP.
– Slow searching for and decoding of frames
– Frame-accuracy problems
– Crashing or freezing
– Strange artifacts or blocking on your video
– Error messages or displaying black video
To get FCP X/7 edit DJI Mavic Pro H.264 files smoothly, we need a utility to convert the Mavic Pro 4K MOV to a better format for editing and posting.
I have scoured the internet, tried everything I could find and finally applied a utility- Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac, an easy-to-use yet professional 4K video converter to solve the issue.
This program features high efficiency and seamless conversion. With it, you can effortlessly convert DJI Mavic Pro, DJI Inspire 2, DJI Phantom 4, DJI Phantom 4 Pro 4K video to ProRes encoded MOV files – ensuring maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with FCP X, FCP 7. In addition, the program can also help you transcode any video files to Apple Intermediate Codec, DNxHD, MPEG-2, AVI, WMV, FLV, etc. for smoothly editing or playback with iMovie, Avid, Adobe Premiere, etc.
How to convert and import DJI Mavic Pro 4K clips to FCP
Step 1. Import 4K videos to the software
Once run the DJI 4K video converter, you can click “Add Video” button to load 4K source files.
Step 2. Select the output format
Click “format” bar and choose “Final Cut Pro -> Apple ProRes 422(LT) (*.mov)” as Final Cut Pro X compatible codec for editing H.265 footage in FCP X smoothly. ProRes 422(HQ), Pro Res 422, Pro Res 444, Pro Res 422(Proxy) are all the proper choice.
Tip: Tap “settings” to customize the output parameters- adjust the video size, bitrate, frame rate, audio sample rate, audio channel, etc to get a decent video for editing in Final Cut Pro.
Step 3. Start conversion
Click “Convert” button to start encoding 4K H.264 to Apple ProRes MOV for Final Cut Pro X.
Once the conversion is done, you can transfer your DJI Mavic Pro 4K footage into Final Cut Pro X or FCP 7 for editing smoothly on Mac(macOS High Sierra).
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