Edit H.264 in ProRes-Convert H.264 AVI/MP4/MOV video files in Final Cut Pro 7/X

On many cases, people need to play and edit H.264 .avi, .mp4, .mov files in FCP X on Mac including Mac OS X Maverickds and Yosemite. To make the process smooth, you need to convert H.264 AVI/MP4/MOV to Final Cut Pro X native ProRes format.

Source From: Import H.264(AVI/MP4/MOV) to Final Cut Pro for editing

H.264 codec needs a lot of processing power to decode, so it is not easy to play and edit H.264 files in FCP or other editing programs. To get around the trouble, a simple workaround is to convert H.264 to ProRes, a native format for Final Cut Pro.

I used Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac to encode all of my H.264 videos to ProRes for using in Final Cut Pro X or FCP 6/7. Overall, it is one of the best H.264 file converter tool for us. The program comes with several optimized formats for FCP- ProRes 422, ProRes 422 HQ, ProRes 422 Proxy, ProRes 422 LT and ProRse 4444, which enable you to transcode H.264 for editing with FCP directly without any rendering or codec problems. Plus, it also allows you to convert H.264 to DNxHD for Avid Media Composer, Apple InterMediate Codec for iMovie, MPEG-2 for Adobe Premiere Pro, etc with best results. Download it and follow the tutorial below to convert H.264 videos to FCP effortlessly.

Tutorial: Encode H.264 to ProRes for FCP with perfect audio/video sync

Step 1: Add H.264 files

Install and launch the H.264 to FCP Converter, and then click “Add Files” button to import your H.264 MP4/MOV/AVI files to the software.

Tip: If you wanna combine H.264 video clips into one file, you can click the “Merge into one” box.

Step 2: Select output format

Click the "Format" bar and select Final Cut Pro> Apple PreRes 422(*.mov) as output format. This format is specially designed for FCP, so that you can edit your original H.264 video in Final Cut Pro perfectly.

Step 3: Convert H.264 to ProRes for FCP

Click the convert button under the preview window, the converter will start encoding H.264 clips to Apple ProRes for importing to Final Cut Pro.

Some more helpful features of the H.264 to ProRes Converter:

1. Settings- Click it to customize audio and video parameters Video Codec, bit rate, frame rate, Audio codec, sample rate, audio channels.

2. Editor (next to “Add” icon)- Click to set add watermark, deinterlace, trim, crop, add subtitles, etc.

Soon after the conversion is finished, just click “Open” button to get the converted H.264 files for editing in Final Cut Pro X or FCP 7 perfectly.

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