If you are looking for a good converter to transcode Olympus Stylus Tough TG-4 video for use in Apple iMovie and FCP X with intact quality, you are in the right place. This post will show you the detailed steps required to convert TG-4 MOV/AVI video for iMovie/FCP X editing.
Olympus Stylus Tough TG-4 has the same great 4x f2.0-4.9 25-100mm lens and rugged design as the TG-3 — waterproof to 50 feet (15m), shockproof from 7 feet (2.1m), crushproof up to 220 pounds (100kg), freezeproof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit (-10 degrees Celsius), and dustproof — but adds some new shooting features to keep it on top of its competition.
The biggest addition here is aimed at enthusiasts: the TG-4 can shoot in raw and JPEG. You’ll be able to edit its raw files in Olympus Viewer 3 software, but Adobe Camera Raw support is expected to follow. Other changes include a Live Composite setting that allows for the effect of a long exposure without overexposing the image; an Underwater HDR mode to help with difficult exposures; and improved GPS.
The TG-4 records video files in resolution of 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), and 640 x 480 (30 fps), employs H.264 and Motion JPEG (High-Speed Movie, Time Lapse Movie) compression methods, and uses MOV and AVI as movie wrapper.
If for some reason you need to convert Olympus TG-4 media for iMovie/FCP X editing, you may wish to read the quick guide below. It guides you through the process of rewrapping TG-4 MOV/AVI video to a Mac friendly format for working with iMovie and FCP X.
A quick guide on how to rewrap Olympus TG-4 MOV/AVI video for iMovie/FCP X editing via AIC/ProRes codec
Follow these steps:
Download and install HD Video Converter for Mac, then follow these steps:
Step 1: Run HD Video Converter for Mac as a professional Olympus TG-4 to QuickTime Converter for Mac. When its main interface comes up, click ‘Add File’ to load source video to it.
Step 2: Select output format for iMovie and FCP X
1) Convert Olympus TG-4 MOV/AVI to AIC for iMovie
From ‘Profile’ list, choose ‘Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)’ as output format under ‘iMovie and Final Cut Express’ column. This output format is also suitable for editing in Final Cut Express.
2) Transcode Olympus TG-4 MOV/AVI to ProRes 422 for 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 Olympus TG-4 MOV/AVI files to AIC/Apple ProRes conversion.
Step 5: Click ‘Open Folder’ to get generated AIC/ProRes 422 QuickTime files for transferring and editing in iMovie or Final Cut Pro 7/6/X with optimum performance.
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