Final Cut Pro X workflow with RED MXF/MP4 footage

Summary: What’s the best Final Cut Pro X workflow with RED? This post tells an easy and directly way to work with RED MXF/MP4 footage in FCP X.
red cameraTo be able to import RED RAW (R3D) media from RED ONE, EPIC and SCARLET cameras to FCP X for post production, you need to download and install RED RAW PLUG-IN FOR FINAL CUT PRO X. If you don’t like the RED plug-in for FCP X or your computer environment can not fit for installation requirements, or for some reason the plug-in is unable to work on your computer correctly, what to do?

The cameras in RED family mainly capture footage in MXF and MP4 recording format. If you need to import RED MXF/MP4 files to FCPX for editing without installing RED plug-in for FCPX, we do recommend transcoding them to a format that is full compatible with FCPX, such as Apple ProRes 422, FCPX’s favorite editing codec, which FCPX recognizes and handles well. Through this way, you will be able to work with RED MXF/MP4 footage in FCPX natively without incompatibility issues. This requires third party software like a RED Video to FCP X Converter.

Download a free demo of RED MXF/MP4 to ProRes Converter
convert red mxf files to mov

Red and FCPX workflow – how to convert RED MXF/MP4 video to MOV for FCP X with ProRes codec?

Follow these steps:
Step 1: Run HD Video Converter as a professional RED video to FCPX Converter. From the main menu, click ‘Add File’ button to import your source files.
red and fcpx

Step 2: Select output format for FCP X
You can click “Profile” list to choose ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as output format under ‘Final Cut Pro’ column. The ProRes 422 is a good option for the RED MXF/MP4 files, and the file size is reasonable. The ProRes 422 is also a suitable codec for editing in FCP 6 and FCP 7.
Red MP4/MXF to ProRes

Step 3: Click “Settings” button to custom video and audio parameters on ‘Profile Settings’ panel. (Optional)

Step 4: Click ‘Convert’ button to start converting RED MXF/MP4 video files to Apple ProRes 422 for FCP X.

Step 5: After conversion finished, click “Open Folder” button to get the exported ProRes 422 QuickTime files for using in FCP X or its former version FCP 6 and 7 with optimum performance.

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