Workflow guide for GoPro Hero4 4K footage in FCP 7/X

How can I import 4K video files from GoPro HERO4 to FCP 7/X without a hassle? If you are having issues ingesting GoPro HERO4 4K MP4 footage to FCP for post production, you may read this post to figure out a solution. It displays a workaround to trasncode GoPro HERO4 4K media to ProRes for use in FCP 7/X with optimum performance.
import 4K video files from GoPro HERO4 to FCP 7/X
How can I smoothly work with GoPro Hero4 4K material in FCP 7?
“Hi, all, I just bought a GoPro Hero 4 Black. This camera is capable of recordings 4K video in MP4 format. I also have FCP 7 and it recognizes Hero4 4K material, but the editing process is not stable and reliable. Can anyone recommend a solution to resolve the issue? Many thanks!”

The HERO 4 Black has the ability to record 4K footage at 30fps. In addition to 4K recording, it also supports frame rates at lower resolutions as follows: 2.7K at 50fps, 1440p at 80 fps, 1080p at 120fps, 960p at 120fps, and 720p at 120fps. This should make for some incredibly smooth slow-motion footage – especially useful if you are into action sports videography.

For a fast and fluid GoPro Hero4 workflow in FCP 7/X, videographers sometimes need to transcode GoPro Hero4 4K files to Apple ProRes codec. Check this short tutorial on how to convert GoPro Hero4 4K MP4 media to ProRes for use in Final Cut Pro swimmingly.

Here’s what you need
HD Video Converter for Mac
ingesting GoPro HERO4 4K MP4 footage to FCP

GoPro HERO4 4K MP4 and FCP 7/X – how to transcode GoPro HERO4 4K MP4 files to ProRes 422 for transferring to FCP 7/X more flawlessly?

Follow these steps:
Step 1: Run HD Video Converter for Mac as a professional GoPro HERO4 4K to FCP Converter. When its main interface comes up, click ‘Add File’ to load source video to it.
trasncode GoPro HERO4 4K media to ProRes

Step 2: Select ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as output format for opening with FCP 7/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.
work with GoPro Hero4 4K material in 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: 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 GoPro HERO4 4K MP4 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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