How to Convert MP4 to ProRes 422 for FCP 7/X

Having problems importing MP4 into Final Cut Pro 7 or FCP X? If so, just follow this simple tutorial to convert MP4 to ProRes 422 for FCP.

As an ideal video editing tool, Final Cut Pro is widely used by video professionals and hobbyists. The point here, you will find it a painful experience to import a MP4 files to Final Cut Pro 7 or FCP X for editing. There’re some frequently asked questions quoted as below.

Q1: How do I edit a mp4 file in Final Cut Pro?
I imported an mp4 file into Final Cut Pro, but if I click on it or try and put it on my timeline it gives me a genral error message and says “error: out of memory.” I tried to convert the mp4 file in MPEG Streamclip but it said, “Error: can’t prepare the movie.” The mp4 plays fine on my computer but I can’t seem to convert it or edit it.

Q2: Problem with adding .mp4 to FCP 7
I’m trying to add an .mp4 file into Final Cut Pro 7 because I want to cut out a scene from a movie for a school assignment. But every time I try to add the file to the viewer I get an error “General error”, so I press OK and then sometimes another error comes up “Error: Out of Memory”, press OK again and nothing happens.

These are the common problems encountered by many Final Cut Pro users. Normally, we would like to adopt Final Cut Pro to edit MP4 videos, including YouTube MP4 videos, iTunes MP4 videos, GoPro HD MP4 videos, etc. However, the MP4 is just a final delivery codec and it’s not ideal for editing. Final Cut Pro might not work with some MP4 files sometimes due to the codec issue or other reasons. In this case, the best workaround is to convert MP4 to Apple ProRes, which works best in FCP 7 or FCP X.

Actually, it’s not as difficult as you imagine. What you need is just a common video converter like Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac. It supports creating high quality Apple ProRes encoders like ProRes 422, ProRes 422 HQ – ensuring maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with Final Cut Pro 7 and FCP X. The guide below will teach you how to convert and import MP4 to FCP 7/X so you can make engaging movies with MP4 video files.

How to transcode MP4 to ProRes for Final Cut Pro

  • Step 1: Install and launch the MP4 to FCP converter for mac, then drag and drop your MP4 files to the software.

  • Step 2: 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).

  • Tip: 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.

  • Step 3: Finally, 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 X, 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.

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