Why FCP won't import MP4 Files from Gopro HD cameras
Summary: Tricks for importing and editing GoPro Camera files in Final Cut Pro smoothly by transcoding GoPro HD MP4 to ProRes 422 codec.
GoPro is the world's first true 1080P HD and best selling wearable camera which includes Helmet hero, motorsports hero, Surf hero, Hero Naked and Hero 960. Since GoPro HD hero series camera generate high quality action image, people always use it to capture and share their exciting images of outdoor activity.
The GoPro HD records in MPEG-4 and outputs its files as .MP4 files (the container). Files are compressed using the h.264 codec. Since the MP4 codec is a final delivery codec it is not one you want to use for editing. Therefore you may have problems when importing GoPro HD footage into Final Cut Pro. For smoothly editing GoPro camera files in Final Cut Pro, you first need to convert GoPro MP4 to a more editing-friendly format, such a Final Cut Pro's ProRes.
To get the work done, a third-party software is needed. Here Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac is highly recommended. It's a professional and powerful high-quality Mac video converter and editor. With it, you can effortlessly transcode GoPro HD MP4 files to ProRes 422 encoded MOV for Final Cut Pro. Meanwhile, the Mac Video Conversion tool can create files compatible with various non-linear editing systems like Avid, FCE, FCP X, iMovie, and Adobe Premiere (Pro) etc. Just download it and follow the tutorials below to transfer and import GoPro HD footage to for smoothly editing in Final Cut Pro.
Guide: Transcoding GoPro HD MP4 to ProRes 422 codec for Final Cut Pro
Step 1. Download, install and run the Mac MP4 to Prores Converter, click "Add" or "Add From Folder" to load your GoPro HD footage.
Step 2. Click the format bar, and move mouse cursor to "Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) (*.mov)" as output format.
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.
Step 3. Click "Convert" button to start GoPro MP4 to ProRes 422 HQ MOV conversion.
As soon as the encoding process finished, you can get the final output Apple ProRes files via clicking "Open" button effortlessly. The transcoded files now are ready for editing in Final Cut Pro (X).
Launch FCP, choose File > Import > Files…, and browse to where you save the converted MPG files to. Choose the videos that you'd like to add for editing:
Refer to the below guide for video importing:
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Source: Best way to convert GoPro HD mp4 files to Apple ProRes for FCP editing