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MP4 to FCPX: How to Edit MP4 Files in Final Cut Pro X?


Q: "I have some MP4 files I am unable to import them to Final Cut Pro X for editing (Resolution: 1920x1080, Codecs: MPEG-4 Video). Any suggestions as to what steps I need to take to be able to import them into Final Cut Pro X? "

There are some occasions that you need to edit some of your .mp4 files in Final Cut Pro X, but fail to import them and get error messages like "File error". The main reasons are that your videos' codec are not compatible with FCPX, as Final Cut Pro X can only import MP4 files encoded in H.264. (Previous versions are unable to import MP4/MOV encoded with any codec).

To solve these issue, you can convert MP4 files to Final Cut Pro X compatible Apple Intermediate codec, Apple ProRes or DV. In this case, a MP4 to FCPX video converter is needed. After several testing, I found Brorsoft iMedia Converter for Mac the best mp4 to FCPX video converter that can effortlessly convert 4K/1080p/720p MP4 files to Apple ProRes .mov for Final Cut Pro X.

Besides, you can also convert AVI, MOV, WMV, MTS, MXF, even Blu-ray/DVD discs to Final Cut Pro X (previous) compatible Apple ProRes .mov without any quality loss. For equivalent Windows version, please turn to Brorsoft Video Converter Ultimate.

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Guide: Convert MP4 Files to Apple ProRes for Editing in Final Cut Pro X

Mac Version Brorsoft Video Converter Ultimate taken as example, Windows Version share the same steps. Just keep in mind you have download the right version, Mac platform .exe files cannot be installed on Windows OS – and vice versa.

Step 1. Load MP4 Files

Install and launch the best MP4 to FCPX Video Converter, simply click “Load File” to load your MP4 files to the program.


Step 2. Choose output format

Click Format drop-down menu, and pick up Apple ProRes 422 .mov from the Final Cut Pro category as the target format. 


Step 3. Advanced Settings (Optional)

Click "Settings" to fix the frame rate, bitrate, video size, etc to your needs. If you want to edit in Final Cut without having to render the clips while editing, all the frame sizes must be the same as the sequence settings. You can save a lot of render time by making all the clips the same size with this MP4 to FCPX Video converter.


Step 4. Converting MP4 for FCPX

With all settings, tap the big “Convert” button at the bottom right to start converting MP4 to Apple ProRes on Mac.

Aftewares, click Open button to quickly locate the converted files, then import and edit the converted mp4 files in Final Cut Pro X without hassle.

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