Guide on importing Canon T6s video to FCP X/FCP 7

Full HD video in MP4 format is possible with the EOS Rebel T6s DSLR Camera from Canon in addition to stills and it has Hybrid CMOS AF III for fast, accurate autofocus during movie shooting and during Live View. The point here, you will find it a painful experience to import Canon T6s MP4 videos to Final Cut Pro X or FCP 7 for further editing. You will encounter problems like import slowly or couldn’t edit videos smoothly.

The reason that you can’t work Canon T6s MP4 in FCP X/7 is simple: the new Canon DSLR camera uses the sophisticated H.264 compression method for recording video files to the camera’s memory card. This is an ideal file type for video capture in an SLR camera, delivering relatively compact file sizes with image quality noticeably superior to alternate video compressions (such as Motion JPEG). However, the H.264 compression format requires that files be transcoded into a format better suited to editing, effects, and color grading; this would usually be Apple ProRes codec, which ensures maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with Final Cut Pro 7 or FCP X.

So, the best method is to convert Canon T6s MP4 to ProRes before loading them to FCP 7 or FCP X. For this purpose, this article mainly shows you how to transcode the T6s footage to ProRes 422 in details.

First of all, free download Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac, a top Mac Canon DSLR Video Conveter. It supports transcoding all Canon DSLR MOV and MP4 files to Apple ProRes 422 so that you can easily import the Canon H.264 recordings to Final Cut Pro X, FCP 6, FCP 7 for further editing on Mac. This This will help you import the file correctly and saving the rendering time.

How to convert Canon T6s MP4 to Final Cut Pro

Step 1. Load T6s videos to the software

Install and launch Canon Video Converter for Mac, and then click “Add” button to browse to Canon MP4 footage either from cam HDD or SD card or drag the footage from your T6s camera to the program.

Step 2: Select output format

Click on “Format” bar set an Apple ProRes format. You are advised to “Follow Final Cut Pro” template and choose “Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)”. If you prefer smaller file size, choose “Apple ProRes 422 (LT) (*.mov)” instead. The “Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy) (*.mov)” format offers file size at SD levels and is recommended for 480i/p and 576i/p shootings.

Tip: If you are a FCP 6 or former version user, you only can choose ProRes 422 and ProRes 422 HQ as the output format.

Step 3: Choose proper parameters in Settings

Click the “Settings” button and customize proper video/ audio parameters if necessary. E.g. Set video size to 1920*1080 or set smaller bitrate to further cut down export file size. You may skip this step as well.

Step 4: Start converting Canon T6s MP4 to ProRes codec

Click “Convert” to start encoding Canon T6s MP4 to Apple ProRes 422 codec for Final Cut Pro X or FCP 7. The conversion process may take long time but it will not bother to render in FCP. After conversion just click the “Open” button to locate converted Canon T6s footage for FCP post-production.

Additional Tips:

1. If you are also a FCP X user, before you try to do the conversion, don’t forget to make sure that you have installed the Apple ProRes Codec manually since the FCP X asks users to install it by themselves.

2. If you want to edit Canon T6s videos in iMovie or Final Cut Express, you just need to choose the “iMovie and Final Cut Express -> Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)” in the second step.

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