Couldn’t figure out a way to make FCP X recognize Google Earth KML or KMZ files? If so, you may wish to read this post. It displays a workaround to transcode KMZ/KML files to ProRes codec for use in FCP X smoothly without a glitch.
What do I have to do to get Google Earth KMZ files into FCPX?
“Hi, there, I would like to import Google Earth movies (KML or KMZ files) that I have made into FCP X (my video editing software) and use them in some videos I am creating. I am new to Google Earth. My understanding is that if you buy the pro package you can use the movies. My issue is that Final Cut X does not recognize KML or KMZ files. How do I get the Google Earth movies into a format that I can use in Apple’s Final Cut Pro X? Please suggest a solution. I would really appreciate any help. Thanks a lot in advance.”
The .KML (Keyhole Markup Language) is just an .XML file… it is not a video file at all. The .KMZ is just the .KML file zipped up with the extension changed to .KMZ… these are tiny 1 kb to 5 kb files, even for a Google Earth tour that is 2 minutes long… so there isn’t much there to get a hold of.
To be able to work with Google Earth KMZ/KML files in FCP X, you will need to use a desktop recorder/video capture app that simply records the GE tour playback from the desktop first and then makes a video that is compatible with FCP X.
Download Screen Recorder (It has Windows and Mac versions, simply download the proper version depending on your OS.)
(Learn the topic on how to change.kmz/.kml to MP4 via using Screen Recorder.)
This Screen Recorder app saves recorded the widely accepted H.264 MP4 format. If you want to convert recorded KML/KMZ files to FCP X preferred editing codec, you can give HD Video Converter for Mac a shot. The steps below show you how to convert recorded GE KMZ/KML MP4 files to ProRes 422 for FCP X via using this app. And you will quick get to know how to import and edit GE KMZ/KML files with Final Cut Pro X on Mac.
HD Video Converter for Mac
Low price is not the only angle to measure a good Google Earth Converter program, conversion speed and output quality weigh the same. This Mac KML/KMZ Converter promises you relatively fast speed and excellent image and sound quality.
How to convert Google Earth .kml/.kmz files for FCP X editing?
Step 1: Download and install KMZ/KML to ProRes Converter for Mac. This third party software helps you convert the recorded KMZ/KML files (WMV/MP4) to ProRes for FCP X with high quality preserved.
Step 2: Click “Add File” button to load recorded KMZ/KML files (WMV/MP4).
Step 3: Select the best suited editing codec for Final Cut Pro X. From Profile menu, choose “Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” as target format under “Final Cut Pro” catalogue.
Step 4: (Optional) you can click ‘Settings’ to adjust the output parameters, such as resolution, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channel.
Step 5: Click ‘Convert’ to start transcoding recorded KMZ/KML files to Apple ProRes codec. As soon as the conversion process finished, you can click ‘Open’ to locate the resulted files and import them to FCP X instantly without rendering.
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