Importing/editing Canon H.264 Mov FCP X on Mac Mountain Lion flawlessly
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, the lastest DSLR to full HD 1080P video recording by Canon, is perfect for capturing clips or sequences. Video is an absolute highlight of the EOS 5D Mark III and it's wonderful to have this degree of control in a camera. All of these are great, till you find it is a problem importing the H.264 MOV footages to Final Cut Pro X for editing. Even the raw video could be successfully loaded to FCP X, the film will looks quite jumpy. H.264 is a delivery codec rather than editing code, and you need to transcode the video to a format more friendly for FCP X, for instance, Apple Intermediate Codec or Apple ProRes 422 codec. Here I will throw a quick tutorial up on how to transcode Canon 5D Mark III footages to Apple ProRes 422 for FCP X editing flawlessly on Mac OS.
Fisrt, the most important piece of the equation is that you have a Canon EOS Video Transcoder hooked to your Mac. If you looking for a solution for this problem likewise, I recommend you try Pavtube's HD Video Converter for Mac. The program supports converting Canon 5D Mark III h.264 MOV to Apple ProRes 422 so that you can easily import/load 5DM3 videos to Final Cut Pro X, Final Cut Pro 6, Final Cut Pro 7 without crashing problem and avoid rendering.
If you have the same problem about editing Canon 5D Mark III h.264 videos in Final Cut Pro X or FCP 6/7, you may follow the step-by-step guide to convert 5D Mark III footages to Apple ProRes 422 for FCP X.
Step 1. Free Download and run the top Mac Canon H.264 MOV Converter, drag Canon EOS 5D Mark III recorded videos to the software.
Tip: If you have multiple MOV files, you can select the "Merge into one" box to join your MOV files into one single file.
Step 2. Click the format bar, and move mouse cursor to "Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)" as output format.
Step 3. Click "Convert" button to start transcoding 5D Mark III h.264 mov to Apple ProRes Codec for Final Cut Pro X on Mac OS.
Some more helpful features of the app:
1. Settings- click to set video resolution(1920×1080/1440×1080/1280×720/720×480), bitrate（from 1Mbps to 20Mbps）, frame rate (24p/30p)
2. Editor (next to "Add" icon)- click to set deinterlace, denoise, mute, volume up, trim, crop, etc.
So there you have it. Pretty simple. After the workflow, you can go to the output folder to find the converted video files. Now you are freely to import/edit Canon 5D Mark III videos in Final Cut Pro X under Mac without problems.
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