Importing H.265 videos to Final Cut Pro


H.265/HEVC is a cutting-edge, high efficiency video codec that’s particularly useful for streaming 4K video. If you’ve got some 4K H.265 files like from Samsung NX1, Samsung NX500 or other sources, how to make a smooth postproduction? Here’s how you can import H.265 videos to Final Cut Pro flawlessly. If you just have the intention to edit H.265 videos in FCP X or FCP 7/6, read on for details.

Currently, H.265 codec lacks of compatibility with the Apple ecosystem including FCP program. To bring (4K) H.265 videos to Final Cut Pro for editing, the easy workaround is to transcode the H.265 to FCP editing-friendly formats. ProRes, a lossy video compression format that developed by Apple Inc., is a appropriate format for smooth editing in Final Cut Pro. The following page will show you how to convert H.265 to ProRes codec in details.

To do this, a third-party tool is necessary. After testing countless freeware and commercial software, I highly recommend Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac to you which is the best H.265 encoder for you to encode H.265 files to ProRes 422 codec for Final Cut Pro smooth editing on Mac (El Capitan included). The program is also able to convert H.265 to other professional codecs like Apple InterMediate Codec(AIC) for iMovie, MPEG-2 for Adobe Premiere, DNxHD for Avid MC and various non-linear editing systems (NLE). Plus, it can also convert H.265 to H.264 MP4, AVI, MOV, MKV, etc format for playing with VLC, iTunes, etc. Now, download the software on computer and follow the steps below to start the H.265 to ProRes conversion.

Read More: Play H.265 in Plex | H.265 to Premiere Pro | Import H.265 to Windows Movie Maker

How to convert H.265 video to Final Cut Pro

1. Add H.265 videos > Install and run the best Mac H.265 to ProResĀ converter and transfer your 4K H.265 recordings to the program for converting. (Note: batch conversion is supported, so you can load more than one file to save time.)


2. Choose output format > Click “format” bar and choose “Final Cut Pro -> Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” as Final Cut Pro X compatible codec for editing H.265 footage in FCP X smoothly. ProRes 422(HQ), Pro Res 422(LT), 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.


3. Start the conversion > Click “Convert” button to start encoding H.265 to Apple ProRes MOV for Final Cut Pro X under Mac OS Yosemite.

Once the H.265 to ProRes 422 conversion is done, you can transfer your H.265 footage into Final Cut Pro X or FCP 7 for editing smoothly on Mac with ease.

2 Response(s)

  1. Aaron says :

    June 30, 2017

    I used Brorsoft convert my H.265 files to ProRes 422 HQ. Good quality.

  2. Albert says :

    September 21, 2017

    Brorsoft is a really smart h.265 encoder and decoder. Good experience.


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