How can I import Olympus E-PL6 MOV/AVI video to FCP X?

Summary: If you have hit a wall while editing Olympus E-PL6 MOV/AVI footage on FCP X, you may have interest in this post. It displays a workflow guide on how to transcode Olympus E-PL6 MOV/AVI files to ProRes for use in FCP X natively without rendering.

E-PL6Importing Olympus E-PL6 .mov files crashing FCP X
“Hi, there all. I am becoming more and more frustrated with my new Olympus E-PL6 camera. Can anyone help please? I am a beginning FCP X user and have hit a wall while editing Olympus E-PL6 MOV footage in FCP X. Hoping someone has the genius in them to help me understand why the .mov files are crashing FCP X almost every time I try to import. The file format is as follows – H.264 Full HD 1920 x 1080 at 30p (29.97fps). Please help if you have a solution. Thank you.”

To be able to get FCP X to accept Olympus E-PL6 MOV/AVI movies without a glitch, you’d better convert them to a format that is compatible with FCP X in advance, like Apple ProRes. In the content below, you will find a guide talking about how to convert Olympus E-PL6 MOV/AVI to ProRes for FCP X in simple steps.

Software requirement
Video Converter for Mac
This universal video transcoder features powerful ability to convert camera footage in format of MOV, AVI, MTS, M2TS, MXF, MP4, etc. to a wide variety of file types for editing in NLEs like FCP, iMovie, FCE, Avid, Premiere, Sony Vegas, etc., and for playing on portable devices like iPad Air, iPhone 6, Galaxy S5, Galaxy Tab S, HTC One M8, Kindle Fire, and more with optimized quality.

Download a demo of Video Converter for Mac
Mac Olympus Video to FCP converter

Olympus E-PL6 and FCP X workflow – how to convert E-PL6 footage to ProRes for working with FCP X?

Follow these steps:
Step 1: Run Video Converter for Mac as a professional Olympus Video to ProRes Converter. When its main interface comes up, click ‘Add File’ to load source video to it.
Olympus Video to ProRes Converter

Step 2: Select ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as output format under ‘Final Cut Pro’ column. The ProRes codec is workable in FCP X and its former version FCP 6 and 7.
Olympus E-PL6 and FCP X workflow
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.

This Mac Olympus Video to FCP converter program offers a couple of ProRes formats for users to choose from, including Apple ProRes 422, Apple ProRes 422 (HQ), Apple ProRes 422 (LT), Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy), and Apple ProRes 4444, you can select one as target format depending on your requirement in post production.

Apple ProRes 422 – Higher quality than Apple ProRes 422 (LT);
Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) – Keep original video quality for editing in FCP;
Apple ProRes 422 (LT) – Get a smaller file sizes than Apple ProRes 422;
Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy) – SD levels – 480i/p and 576i/p. Used in offline workflows.
Apple ProRes 4444 – Edit and finish 4:4:4 material.

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 Olympus E-PL6 MOV/AVI video to ProRes MOV conversion.

Step 5: Click ‘Open Folder’ to get generated ProRes QuickTime files for using in Final Cut Pro X/7/6 with optimum performance.

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