How can I work with Leica SL 4k/1080p video in FCP X stably? If you are in search of a way to edit Leica SL footage in FCP X smoothly, you may have interest in this post. It explains a workaround to transcode Leica SL 4k/1080p files to Apple ProRes for use in FCP X with optimum performance.
The Leica SL is much more than a professional still-picture camera with video recording capability: it fulfills even the most stringent demands of moviemakers as a fully fledged video camera. This begins with a clear and simple handling concept that clearly separates still and motion picture functions and ends with HDMI 1.4 output. This allows professional videos to be output in 4:2:2 10-bit format with 4K cine resolution and the production of professional videos in combination with an HDMI recorder.
The Leica SL can do 4K video at 24/30 frames per second and Full HD (1920 x 1080) and standard HD (1280 x 720) at up to 120 fps. If for some reason you need to transcode Leica SL 4k/Full HD video for use in FCP X, the following guide may shed you some light on this. It presents a quick guide on how to convert Leica SL recordings to ProRes 422 for FCP X editing.
[Guide] How to convert Leica SL 4k/1080p video to FCP X’s editable ProRes codec?
Download, install and run HD Video Converter for Mac, then follow these steps:
Step 1: Run HD Video Converter for Mac as a professional Leica SL video to ProRes Converter. When its main interface comes up, click ‘Add File’ to load source video to it.
Step 2: Select ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as output format for opening with FCP X
From the ‘Profile’ list, move to ‘Final Cut Pro’ catalogue, and select ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as target format. Apple ProRes is the best suited editing codec for FCP X and its former version FCP 6 and FCP 7. When loading them into FCP X/6/7, you needn’t wait for a long time for rendering.
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.
Step 3: Adjust video and audio settings (for advanced users)
If necessary, you can click ‘Settings’ button and go to ‘Profiles Settings’ panel to modify video and audio settings like video encoder, resolution, video bit rate, frame rate, aspect ratio, audio encoder, sample rate, audio bit rate, and audio channels. 3D settings are also available.
Step 4: Click ‘Convert’ to start Leica SL 4k/1080p video to ProRes MOV conversion.
Step 5: Click ‘Open Folder’ to get generated ProRes 422 QuickTime files for transferring and editing in Final Cut Pro X with optimum performance.
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