How can I expect a smooth workflow between DJI H.265 footage and FCP X? If you run into issues editing DJI H.265 HEVC video in FCP X, you may wish to read this post. It explains a workaround to get FCP X working with DJI H.265 files flawlessly.
FCP X won’t work with DJI P4P h.265 video
“I have the latest and greatest MacBook Pro…. I shot a whole day with P4P drone in H.265…. But I can’t get them into Final Cut Pro X. Wowwwww…Very frustrating. Anybody have any ideas? Thanks in advance.”
If you shot with DJI Inspire 2 or Phantom 4 Pro camera drone, you may have H.265 HEVC footage on hand. Currently, Apple hasn’t added H.265 HEVC support into Final Cut Pro X. To be able to use DJI H.265 footage in FCP X, you must transcode the footage to Apple ProRes codec prior. This requires a third party H.265 Converter for FCP X. In the guide below, we explain how to process DJI H.265 to ProRes conversion in simple steps.
How to convert DJI H.265 footage to FCP X preferred ProRes codec?
Follow these steps:
Step 1: Install this HEVC H.265 Video Converter software on your computer, launch it and click ‘Add File’ to ingest your source media.
Step 2: Select ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as output format for opening with FCP X
From the ‘Profile’ menu, move to ‘Final Cut Pro’ catalogue, and select ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as target format. Apple ProRes is the best suited editing code for FCP X. When loading them into FCP, 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: Custom video and audio settings (for advanced users)
Click ‘Settings’ button, the ‘Profile Settings’ window pops up, on which you are allowed to custom video and audio parameters like bit rate, frame rate, resolution, sample rate, and audio channels.
Step 4: Start transcoding DJI HEVC H.265 video to Apple ProRes for FCP X
When ready, click ‘Convert’ to transcode DJI HEVC H.265 files to Apple ProRes for using with FCP X. You can tick off ‘Shut down computer when conversion completed’ and go away to do other things.
Step 5: Click ‘Open Folder’ button to locate exported ProRes files
As soon as the conversion process finished, simply click ‘Open Folder’ button to get the generated Apple ProRes files. Now you are able to open them in Final Cut X for further editing without any hassles.
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