If you experience any issues bringing Panasonic HC‑X1000 4K MP4 files into FCP X for further editing, you may wish to read this post. It displays a way of converting Panasonic HC‑X1000 4K MP4 video to ProRes 422 for use in FCP X with optimum performance.
Panasonic HC‑X1000 records in either MP4, MOV or AVCHD Progressive. It will only record in 4K/UHD using the mp4 codec, however, all codecs support recording in Full HD 1920 x 1080. MP4 and MOV recording support a 200 Mb/s all intra frame codec, which requires less computing power to playback. According to Panasonic, “the camera shoots and records cinema 4K at a true 24p, and UHD at broadcast compatible frame rates, so it fits smoothly into your existing broadcast workflow”, but if you are working on a machine that is not power enough, you may encounter issues one or another working with HC‑X1000 4K MP4 files in FCP X. In this case, you will need to transcode HC‑X1000 4K MP4 files into a format that is compatible with FCP X first. Read on to learn a quick guide on how to encode HC‑X1000 4K MP4 files for editing in FCP X fluently.
Panasonic HC-X1000 4K MP4 and FCPX – transcode Panasonic HC‑X1000 4K MP4 footage to QuickTime .mov with ProRes codec for editing in FCP X
Follow these steps:
Step 1: Run HD Video Converter for Mac as a professional Panasonic HC‑X1000 4K to FCP X 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 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 Panasonic HC‑X1000 4K MP4 footage 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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