How to import KMZ/KML (Google Earth) files to FCP X?

Couldn’t figure out a way to make FCP X recognize Google Earth KML or KMZ files? If so, you may wish to read this post. It displays a workaround to transcode KMZ/KML files to ProRes codec for use in FCP X smoothly without a glitch.
work with Google Earth .kmz/.kml files
What do I have to do to get Google Earth KMZ files into FCPX?
“Hi, there, I would like to import Google Earth movies (KML or KMZ files) that I have made into FCP X (my video editing software) and use them in some videos I am creating. I am new to Google Earth. My understanding is that if you buy the pro package you can use the movies. My issue is that Final Cut X does not recognize KML or KMZ files. How do I get the Google Earth movies into a format that I can use in Apple’s Final Cut Pro X? Please suggest a solution. I would really appreciate any help. Thanks a lot in advance.”

The .KML (Keyhole Markup Language) is just an .XML file… it is not a video file at all. The .KMZ is just the .KML file zipped up with the extension changed to .KMZ… these are tiny 1 kb to 5 kb files, even for a Google Earth tour that is 2 minutes long… so there isn’t much there to get a hold of.

To be able to work with Google Earth KMZ/KML files in FCP X, you will need to use a desktop recorder/video capture app that simply records the GE tour playback from the desktop first and then makes a video that is compatible with FCP X.

Download Screen Recorder
convert a Google Earth .kmz or .kml tour file to an AVI file
(Learn the topic on how to change.kmz/.kml to MP4 via using Screen Recorder.)

This Screen Recorder app saves recorded files in WMV or the widely accepted H.264 MP4 format. If you want to convert recorded KML/KMZ files (WMV/MP4) to FCP X preferred editing codec, you can give HD Video Converter for Mac a shot. The steps below show you how to convert recorded GE KMZ/KML files (WMV/MP4) to ProRes 422 for FCP X via using this app. And you will quick get to know how to import and edit GE KMZ/KML files with Final Cut Pro X on Mac.

Software requirement
HD Video Converter for Mac
get Google Earth KMZ files into FCPX
Low price is not the only angle to measure a good Google Earth Converter program, conversion speed and output quality weigh the same. This Mac KML/KMZ Converter promises you relatively fast speed and excellent image and sound quality.

How to convert Google Earth .kml/.kmz files for FCP X editing?

The steps:
Step 1: Download and install KMZ/KML to ProRes Converter for Mac. This third party software helps you convert the recorded KMZ/KML files (WMV/MP4) to ProRes for FCP X with high quality preserved.

Step 2: Click “Add Video” button to load recorded KMZ/KML files (WMV/MP4).
import Google Earth movies (KML or KMZ files) into FCP X

Step 3: Select the best suited editing codec for Final Cut Pro X. From Format bar, choose “Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” as target format under “Final Cut Pro” catalogue.

Step 4: (Optional) you can click ‘Settings’ to adjust the output parameters, such as resolution, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channel.

Step 5: Click ‘Convert’ to start transcoding recorded KMZ/KML files (WMV/MP4) to Apple ProRes codec. As soon as the conversion process finished, you can click ‘Open’ to locate the resulted files and import them to FCP X instantly without rendering.

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