If you are getting into troubles working with 60fps/60p video files in FCP X, you may wish to read this post. It elaborates an easy way of converting 60fps/60p videos to ProRes codec for editing in FCP X fluidly with lossless quality.
50p/60p is a progressive format and is used in high-end HDTV systems. Many modern cameras can shoot video at 50p and 60p in various resolutions, such as Canon VIXIA HF G30, Canon PowerShot G7 X, Panasonic LUMIX GX7, Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III, and more. Recording 1080/60p clips is not a problem, but editing 60fps/60p files in FCP X might be. If for some reason FCP X doesn’t work with 1080-60p files well, we do recommend using HD Video Converter for Mac to transcode the 60p files to ProRes 422 before start (and they look fantastic in FCP X!). But for the sake of simplicity in workflow, file size and final output, we usually convert these 60p files to 30p.
Working well as a 60p video converter for Mac, the HD Video Converter comes with optimal profiles for Mac editing programs, including FCP X, FCP 7, iMovie, FCE, as well as cross-platform NLEs like Avid, DaVinci Resolve, Adobe Premiere Pro, Sony Vegas, etc., enabling users to custom video and audio settings like frame rate, bit rate, resolution, sample rate and audio channel in their own way. You can download a free trial version to see if it is able to do what you want.
1080/60p files and FCP X – how to transcode 60p video files to ProRes 422 for FCP X editing?
Follow these steps:
Step 1: Run HD Video Converter for Mac as a professional 60p 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 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 1080/60p video 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/7/6 with optimum performance.
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