Transcode GoPro Hero3 Black video to ProRes retaining original quality

Summary: If you are planning to import and edit GoPro Hero3 Black video in FCP 7, FCP 6 or FCP X, you may need to transcode GoPro MP4 footage to Apple ProRes MOV using a GoPro to ProRes Converter for Mac. This post displays the detailed steps required to process GoPro video to FCP Conversion retaining original quality.

I’m looking for a ProRes Converter for Mac, any recommendations?
“Hi, guys, I have filmed tons of HD MP4 video files with my GoPro Hero3 Black camera. I needed to import these GoPro videos to FCP 7 for further editing, so that my video production company could use it for broadcasting. Unfortunately, there is no MP4 plugin for FCP7 log and transfer, so I can’t get GoPro reels to load. To be able to make GoPro videos work with FCP 7, I need a ProRes Converter for Mac to convert GoPro MP4 video files to Apple ProRes before I start post production. Does anyone have any recommendations on this? I really want a converter that could retain as much of the original quality as possible. Any suggestion is greatly appreciated. Many thanks in advance.”
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Our Quick Answer
By using our Video Converter for Mac, you are able to re-encode GoPro Hero3 Black footage to Apple ProRes 422, Apple ProRes 422 (HQ), Apple ProRes 422 (LT), Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy), and Apple ProRes 4444 easily without visible quality loss.

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How to transcode GoPro Hero3 Black MP4 video to Apple ProRes for FCP using GoPro to FCP Converter?

To process GoPro Hero3 Black MP4 video to QuickTime Conversion on Mac, follow these steps:
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Step 1: Run Video Converter for Mac as a professional ProRes Converter for Mac. When its main interface comes up, click ‘Add File’ to load GoPro Hero3 Black MP4 video to it.

Step 2: Select ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as output format for FCP 7. The ProRes is able workable in the former version FCP 6 and the later version FCP X.

Important: If you’ve loaded a number of video clips to do batch conversion, please do remember ticking off ‘Apply to All’ option before you start.
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This Mac GoPro Video converter program offers a couple of ProRes formats for users to choose from, including Apple ProRes 422, Apple ProRes 422 (HQ), Apple ProRes 422 (LT), Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy), and Apple ProRes 4444, you can select one as target format depending on your requirement in post production.

Apple ProRes 422 – Higher quality than Apple ProRes 422 (LT);

Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) – Keep original video quality for editing in FCP;

Apple ProRes 422 (LT) – Get a smaller file sizes than Apple ProRes 422;

Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy) – SD levels – 480i/p and 576i/p. Used in offline workflows.

Apple ProRes 4444 – Edit and finish 4:4:4 material.

Step 3: Adjust video and audio settings (for advanced users)

Step 4: Click ‘Convert’ to start GoPro Hero3 Black MP4 to ProRes MOV conversion.

Step 5: Click ‘Open Folder’ to get generated ProRes QuickTime files for using in Final Cut Pro X/7/6 with optimum performance.

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