This post introduces an alternative way to import Panasonic VariCam 35 4K raw 120fps video to FCP 7 for post-production. It presents the steps required to transcode Panasonic VariCam 35 4K raw 120fps files to ProRes, so as to transfer them to FCP 7 for further editing fast and fluidly.
The most recent Panasonic VariCam 35 shoots 4K raw and variable frame rates up to 120 frames per second. For a quick and smooth VariCam 35 and FCP 7 workflow, transcoding is recommended in some situations. To process “transcoded editing”, third party solution is required. HD Video Converter for Mac is a straightforward and helpful app to do this. It can convert VariCam 35 4K raw 120fps video to a couple of ProRes formats for editing in FCP 7, including Apple ProRes 422, Apple ProRes 422 (HQ), Apple ProRes 422 (LT), Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy), and Apple ProRes 4444. The Apple ProRes is the best suited editing codec for using within Apple Final Cut Pro Version 6, 7, and FCP X, which maintains the highest quality and performance while requiring much less expensive editing and storage hardware (compared to uncompressed video). Read on to find a simple tutorial to convert VariCam 4K raw file to ProRes for FCP 7.
Panasonic VariCam 35 4K and FCP 7 – how to transcode VariCam 35 4K files to ProRes 422 for FCP 7 in a fast way?
Follow these steps:
Step 1: Run HD Video Converter for Mac as a professional VariCam 35 4K to FCP 7 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 7
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 7 and its former version FCP 6 and the most recent version FCPX. When loading them into FCP (X), you needn’t wait for a long time for rendering. To create smaller files, transcode your source files to Apple ProRes 422 (LT).
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.
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 VariCam 35 4K files to ProRes MOV conversion.
Step 5: Click ‘Open Folder’ to get generated ProRes QuickTime files for transferring and editing in Final Cut Pro 7 with optimum performance.
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