Will Canon PowerShot G3X videos work well with Mac iMovie, FCE or FCP X? If not, is there a way to make the G3X editing process on Mac fast and smooth? Read this post to find an answer to this question.
The G3X is close in spirit to both the PowerShot G7 X and the G1 X Mark II, which is a new addition to Canon’s already impressive G-series PowerShot camera lineup. The G3X produces images with beautifully blurred backgrounds, made possible by its large sensor, and provides users with a wide range of focal lengths, from wide-angle to telephoto. What to do if you run into issues importing and editing G3X video on Mac iMovie, FCE or FCPX? Convert them first!!! For a fast and fluid PowerShot G3X workflow on Mac, we would recommend transcoding G3X video to AIC (Apple InterMediate Codec) for use in iMovie/FCE, and encoding G3X video to ProRes for working with FCP X. For a reliable and stable conversion process, we would recommend HD Video Converter for Mac, a versatile transcoder that can recognize a wide range of file types as import, including AVCHD, MTS, M2TS, M2T, P2 MXF, MPG, MPEG-1, MPEG-4, VOB, DAT, MP4, M4V, TS, RM, RMVB, WMV, ASF, MKV, AVI, 3GP, 3G2, F4V, FLV, SWF, MPV, MOD, TOD, QT, MOV, DV, DIF, MJPG, MJPEG, TP, TRP, and more, and outputs optimal files with best quality that fits for editing programs (e.g. iMovie, Final Cut Express, FCP 6/7, FCP X, Avid, Adobe Premiere Pro, Sony Vegas, Pinnacle Studio, DaVinci Resolve, Windows Movie Maker, etc.) and popular devices (e.g. iPad, iPhone 6/6 plus/5S/5C/5, Android tablets or smartphones, etc.). You can download a demo to see if it is able to work as you want.
How to convert PowerShot G3X video for editing on Mac iMovie, FCE and FCP X?
Follow these steps:
Step 1: Open up HD Video Converter for Mac as a Canon G3X Video Converter for Mac. When its main interface comes up, click ‘Add File’ to load your source media.
Step 2: Select output format for your editing program
To convert PowerShot G3X video for iMovie/FCE, from ‘Profile’ list, choose ‘Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)’ as output format under ‘iMovie and Final Cut Express’ column.
To transcode Canon PowerShot G3X video files for FCP X, select ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as output format under ‘Final Cut Pro’ column. The ProRes codec is also workable in its former version FCP 6 and FCP 7.
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 (optional)
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: Begin Canon PowerShot G3X movies to MOV Conversion on Mac
When ready, click ‘Convert’ to start format conversion. Once the conversion process is complete, you can click ‘Open Folder’ button to get the generated AIC MOV files or ProRes MOV files for editing in iMovie, Final Cut Express or FCP X with optimum performance.
If you don’t want to wait for the entire conversion process, you can tick off ‘Showdown computer when conversion completed’ and go away to do other things.
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