Summary: Came upon issues while using H.264 camera/camcorder footage in your editing software? Read this post to find out a solution to your problem. It guides you through the process of converting H.264 video files to Apple ProRes for editing in Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere and DaVinci Resolve without quality loss.
If your camera or camcorder captures video files in H.264 compressed recording format such as MOV and AVCHD (.MTS/M2TS), you may need to convert them to ProRes first so as to use them flawlessly in editing programs like Final Cut Pro, DaVinci Resolve and Premiere Pro, that’s where a third party H.264 to ProRes converter comes in. In this post, we would like to presents how to use Video Converter for Mac to transcode H.264 footage to Apple ProRes 422 maintaining original quality. This program works great as an H.264 to ProRes converter, features very simple and intuitive interface, and offers optimized ProRes output for editing in Final Cut Pro (X) or Adobe Premiere.
User reviews on Video Converer for Mac
”The Program is very good and the only one which converts H264 MPEG 4 AVC video recordings in a correct and good quality way to Apple ProRes 422 for editing in FCP X. I will definitely be recommending you to everyone I know when they ask. Thank you so much for a perfect product!” – Kevin
“I started using the software straight away. I am very happy with the software, the user interface is easy to understand, the guides are very easy to follow and understand and the quality of the H.264 video files are kept intact when converting. I mostly convert H.264 MOV/MTS movies to ProRes video or .MP4 video. I really like your converter.” – Michael
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How to transcode H.264 video to Apple ProRes on Mac?
Step 1: Run Video Converter for Mac as a professional H.264 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 under ‘Final Cut Pro’ column. The ProRes codec is full compatible with FCP X and its former version FCP 6, FCP 7 as well as Adobe Premiere and DaVinci Resolve.
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.
This H.264 to FCP Converter 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)
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 H.264 footage to ProRes MOV conversion.
Step 5: Click ‘Open Folder’ to get generated ProRes QuickTime files for using in Final Cut Pro X/7/6, Premiere Pro or DaVinci Resolve with optimum performance.
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