The HEVC codec is, as the name suggests, a far more space-efficient way to compress video, reducing the space needed to store video by as much as 50%. But right now, any HEVC video footage you import into FCP X will be unusable … How to edit iPone X h.265 in FCP X smoothly?
Situation 1. If you haven’t yet shot video you need to edit with FCP, there’s an easy fix.
Go into the phone’s Settings and choose Camera. Then choose Formats. There you’ll find two options. By default, High Efficiency will be checked. You want to check Most Compatible.
Situation 2. If you have existing HEVC footage you need to edit in FCP, there’s a slightly less easy workaround.
Import the iPhone X H.265 clip into the Photos app on your Mac. Then, once it’s fully imported (which could take a little while depending on how much video we’re talking about here), then just select the clip(s) you need and Export them from Photos. Photos will export them with a codec that Final Cut Pro X can read. So once the clip(s) is/are exported from Photos to whatever location you chose, then open Final Cut Pro and import the clip(s) you just exported from Photos.
Alternatively, simply download Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac, which is an easy-to-use yet professional HEVC converter in Mac OS X including macOS High Sierra. With it, you can effortlessly transcode iPhone X H.265 to ProRes encoded MOV files, which will create Final Cut Pro friendly file format keeping the original quality. Besides FCP, this software can also export MPEG-2 for Adobe Premiere Pro, DNxHD for Avid Media Composer, Apple InterMediate Codec for iMovie and more NLE systems for native editing. Download it and follow the guide to convert iPhone X footage to ProRes.
Full Guide: Transcode iPhone X H.265 to Final Cut Pro for editing
1. Install the program on Mac and run it. Click “Add” button on the top of the main interface to import video to the program. It supports batch conversion and joining multiple video clips into one file.
2. Click the “Format” bar and select Final Cut Pro> Apple PreRes 422(*.mov) as output format. This format is specially designed for FCP, so that you can edit your original iPhone video in Final Cut Pro X perfectly.
Tip: You also can click “Settings” to set video frame rate, video size and Video Bitrate as you want.
3. Click the “Convert” icon, and the H.265 to FCP Converter will start converting iPhone X HEVC to ProRes MOV for FCP X on Mac.
After the conversion, launch Final Cut Pro, choose File > Import > Files…, and browse to where you save the converted H.265 clips to. Now you can start fun away with editing iPhone X video in Final Cut Pro X without any problem.