How to import and edit GoPro Hero 5 footage in FCP X?

Got a GoPro Hero 5 camera? So how do you get your Hero 5 footage into Final Cut Pro X at the moment? Import from the card and convert? Check a quick guide on how to convert GoPro Hero 5 files to ProRes 422 for use in FCP X smoothly.
gopro hero 5 in fcpx
GoPro has recently announced the Hero 5 Black and Hero 5 Session. Both cameras are capable of capturing 4k video, include electronic image stabilization and support voice controls in multiple languages. The Hero 5 Black also features a 2-inch touchscreen display, GPS, three microphones, and is now waterproof up to 30 feet without requiring a separate case.

For those who are trying to edit GoPro Hero 5 footage in FCP X, we would recommend converting the footage to ProRes 422 for a faster and more fluid workflow. Here’s how.

How to transcode GoPro Hero 5 footage to ProRes 422 for FCP X editing?

Software requirement
HD Converter for Mac
converting GoPro Hero 5 footage to ProRes 422 for FCP X

Follow these steps:
Step 1: Run HD Converter for Mac as a professional GoPro Hero 5 video to FCP X Converter. When its main interface comes up, click ‘Add File’ to load source video to it.
workflow guide between GoPro Hero 5 and Final Cut Pro X

Step 2: Select ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as output format for opening with FCP X
From the ‘Profile’ menu, 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 7. When loading them into FCP (X), you needn’t wait for a long time for rendering.
convert GoPro Hero 5 footage to ProRes for 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.

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 GoPro Hero 5 footage 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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