If you came upon issues importing and editing Panasonic HC-WX970 4K MP4 footage in FCP X, you may have interest in this post. It explains a workaround to transcode HC-WX970 4K MP4 media to FCP X preferred Apple ProRes 422 codec for editing flawlessly.
The Panasonic HC-WX970 supports 4K video recording. With four times the resolution of Full-HD, 4K (3,840 x 2,160) delivers true-to-life imaging for a wide variety of shooting situations, in ultra-high definition. The HC-WX970 captures 4k video at 30 frames-per-second in MP4 container format. However, due to pretty high UHD 4K video resolution, FCP X users often have issues one or another handling HC-WX970 4K footage, especially when you don’t have a powerful machine. In this situation, we would recommend transcoding HC-WX970 4K video to ProRes 422 for use in FCP X smoothly. Check this short tutorial on how to convert HC-WX970 4K video to ProRes 422 for use in FCP X.
How to encode Panasonic HC-WX970 4K video to ProRes 422 for use in FCP X?
HD Video Converter for Mac
Follow these steps:
Step 1: Run HD Video Converter for Mac as a professional Panasonic HC-WX970 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-WX970 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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