We write this post to help those who are having troubles importing and editing Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II 60p MOV video in FCP X. If you are looking for a smooth way to work with E-M10 Mark II 60p footage in FCP X, you may wish to read this post. It explains a workaround to transcode E-M10 Mark II 60p MOV to ProRes 422 for use in FCP X flawlessly.
Olympus has announced a successor to its entry-level model: the E-M10 Mark II. Like many photography-first mirrorless cameras, the E-M10 Mark II isn’t terribly powerful when it comes to video. Instead, it still feels like an add-on. It’s capable of taking 1080p video at 60, 30, or 24 frames per second, but there’s no 4K capability, and you can’t shoot in slow motion at full HD resolution. Not everyone needs these kinds of features, so this might be enough for most photographers who need to shoot the occasional video. But when it comes to video editing in FCP X, you may need to transcode E-M10 Mark II 60p MOV video to ProRes for a fast and fluid workflow. This requires third party software like HD Video Converter for Mac. Read on to find a step-by-step guide on how to convert E-M10 Mark II 60p MOV footage to FCP X preferred ProRes 422 codec for well editing.
[Guide] How to convert E-M10 Mark II 60p MOV media to ProRes 422 for FCP X editing?
Step 1: Run HD Video Converter for Mac as a professional E-M10 Mark II to FCP X 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 Format bar, 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.
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 OM-D E-M10 Mark II 60p MOV 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.
To import the transcoded files into Final Cut Pro X. navigate to File > Import > Media. In the window that comes up select your transcoded ProRes clips. DO NOT check “Create Optimized Media” OR “Create Proxy Media”. Both of these check boxes are unnecessary because we already converted the media to ProRes which means Final Cut Pro X can use the footage without “optimizing” it. Checking this box would create a redundant and time consuming second transcode of your footage.
You’re now ready to edit!
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