GoPro Hero5 to FCP-Import 4K MP4 from GoPro Hero5 to Final Cut Pro X/7/6

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“Hi, all, I just bought a GoPro Hero5 Black. This camera is capable of recordings 4K video in MP4 format, the codec is H.264. I also have FCP X and it recognizes Hero5 4K material, but the editing process is not stable and reliable. Can anyone recommend a solution to resolve the issue?”

GoPro HERO5 Black action camera can be taken to the skies, over rough terrain, and even underwater without flinching, recording 4K videos and 12MP photos along the way. The sealed rubberized chassis allows the HERO5 Black to be taken to depths of 33′ without the need for an external housing. So whether your escapades take you to the lands of concrete, sand, dirt, snow, or water, the HERO5 Black is prepared to record with a single button press. Once you finished recording, use the touchscreen to playback and even edit your footage right on the camera. If you’ve got some 4K material from GoPro Hero5, you will research possible workflows for GoPro video to Final Cut Pro X/7/6, so as to have smooth work with the GoPro Hero5 4K in FCP X/7/6. Well, in this article, we will share it with you.

Will we have to transcode GoPro Hero5 4K MP4 into another codec to be able to work in FCP X/7/6? GoPro MP4 file type is a compressed output format and not an ideal editing format. What’s more, it also would be a bit hard to handle 4K video with Final Cut Pro X/7/6. To edit Hero5 footage in FCP X/7/6 smoothly, a suggestion is to use UFUSoft HD Converter for Mac to transcode MP4 to ProRes, which is a friendly format supported by FCP X/7/6.

With the best GoPro video converter for Mac, you can effortlessly encode/re-encode 4K MP4 from GoPro Hero5 for smoothly importing and editing in various non-linear editing systems (NLE), including Final Cut Pro X, FCP 6/7, iMovie, Final Cut Express, Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, etc.

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Guide: Transcode and Import GoPro Hero5 4K files to Final Cut Pro X/7/6

Step 1: Add Gopro Hero5 4K videos

Install the 4K to FCP X converter program on Mac and run it. Drag the GoPro Hero5 .4K clips to the software. Or you can also click “Add video” button on the top of the main interface to import video to the program.

Step 2: Choose Apple ProRes as output format.

Click the “Format” bar and select Final Cut Pro> Apple PreRes 422(*.mov) as the best video codec for Final Cut Pro.

There are other four presets for ProRes: Apple ProRes 422 HQ, Apple ProRes 422 LT, Apple ProRes 422 Proxy and Apple ProRes 4444. Usually the ProRes 422 HQ has better video quality than ProRes 422 and could meet your needs. 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.

Step 3: Start GoPro Hero5 4K to ProRes conversion

Click the “Start conversion” button at the bottom right corner to transcode GoPro Hero5 4K to Apple ProRes 422 for FCP 6/7/X on Mac OS X.

After the conversion, you can get the encoded videos via “Open” panel and then lanunch Final Cut Pro, choose File > Import > Files……, and browse to where you save the converted mov video clips to. Now import Apple Prores MOV file to FCP X/7/6, you can reference Import Video into Final Cut Pro X/7/6.

You can easily edit any GoPro Hero5 4K files in FCP X/7/6, just have a try.

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