For a fast and fluid Canon PowerShot G5 X/G9 X workflow in FCP X, users sometimes need to transcode G5 X/G9 X H.264 MP4 video to FCP X preferred ProRes 422 codec. Check this short tutorial to learn a quick way on how to convert G5 X/G9 X H.264 MP4 to ProRes 422 for FCP X editing.
Canon has added a new pair of large-sensor-toting compact cameras to its G-series line-up. Following hot on the heels of the G3 X which was launched earlier this year, the PowerShot G5 X is an enthusiast-focused camera with a built-in high-resolution electronic viewfinder, while the G9 X sibling is a slimmer and more lightweight offering.
Using Canon’s DIGIC 6 image processor, the G5 X and G9 X both have an ISO range of 125 to 12,800, can rattle off images at around 6 fps (frames per second), and are capable of recording Full HD 1080p video at frame-rates of up to 60 fps in H.264 encoded MP4 format.
If for whatever reason you need to transcode G5 X and G9 X 60p MP4 files for use in FCP X smoothly, you may follow this quick guide to learn a way of encoding Canon G5 X/G9 X MP4 files to ProRes 422 for editing in FCP X with optimum performance.
Here’s what you need
HD Video Converter for Mac
[Guide] How to convert Canon G5 X/G9 X MP4 to ProRes 422 for FCP X editing?
Then follow these steps:
Step 1: Run HD Video Converter for Mac as a professional Canon G5 X/G9 X MP4 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 ‘Profile’ list, 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 7. When loading them into FCP X/7, 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 Canon G5 X/G9 X MP4 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 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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