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  • Cirrusdub Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I am having quite an issue with this. I am not sure what format to use instead of prores422 that i can edit in final cut and still have good quality. Those files are just too big for me. I am not trying to make 300mb files into 10gb files.  I am trying to convert an mp4 to something. This is difficult for me. Can anyone help?

  • Shane Ross Level 8 Level 8 (42,305 points)

    Yes...don't use FCP.  Use Adobe Premiere Pro CC.  It has a subscription, meaning you don't pay for it all at once, you pay for it when you use it. It edits those formats natively, without conversion.  FCP 7 needs it converted, or you are only looking at issues during the edit, or when you try to export the final. If the MP4 is HD, then ProRes is the option if you want FCP to work with the file. If the MP4 is SD, then you can use DV/NTSC. But I suspect it's HD.

     

    10GB isn't much. You can get a 1TB drive for under $80.  Drives are cheap...so if you insist on using FCP, then I suggest converting the footage to ProRes LT, the lightest of the ProRes codecs, and get a larger drive.

  • Michael Grenadier Level 7 Level 7 (20,315 points)

    How well does it actually edit these formats natively.  I received materail today from a dslr shoot and we only needed to find one sound bite out of an hour interview.  After copying it to an sata drive connected via esata, the clips would play about 5 seconds or so and then start to choke.  Nothing wrong with the drive.  This is Premiere 5.5  Wondering if performance has improved that much.

  • Shane Ross Level 8 Level 8 (42,305 points)

    Premiere Pro 5.5 was the worse version of PPRo I have ever had the opportunity to work with. I was evaluating options for NLE's for a company after FCP 7 was discontinued, and 5.5 was the version that was out. it was SO BAD that the company decided to stick with FCP 7...and they still are after nearly 3 years. They are finally looking at Adobe....but the subscription service rubs their accounting department wrong so they are looking at CS6. CS6 is fairly decent.  I really like how PPRo CC works, it's slick as heck. And plays back this footage very well on my laptop. And CS6 is pretty good too.

     

    5.5...that was the "Edsel" of Adobe products...

  • tidasaha Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    MP4 is a final delivery lossy video format which is not suitable for editing in non-destructive video editing software like FCP X. Though Final Cut Pro X update to import MP4 video, it only support MP4 encoded with H.264. If the MP4 is encoded with other video codec (XAVC, XAVC S...), Final Cut Pro X will still fail to import MP4. For import and edit all MP4 files in Final Cut Pro (FCP 6, FCP 7, FCP x), we can convert MP4 to FCP friendly video format-Apple ProRes 422/Apple ProRes 4444 MOV.

  • WinieHappy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    MP4 is a final delivery lossy video format which is not suitable for editing in non-destructive video editing software like Final Cut Pro. Though Final Cut Pro 7 and Final Cut Pro X update to import MP4 video, it only support MP4 encoded with H.264. If the MP4 is encoded with other video codec, Final Cut Pro X/7 will still fail to import MP4.

     

    In order to solve can't import MP4 to Final Cut Pro issue and successfully import various MP4 files to FCP or FCP X, a recommended solution is to convert MP4 to Final Cut Pro more compatible video format like Apple ProRes or DV.

     

    iDealshare VideoGo is just the ideal MP4 to Final Cut Pro Converter! It can easily convert all kinds of MP4 videos whatever recorded from cameras/camcorders or downloaded from website like YouTube, or from other sources to FCP, FCP X, FCE supported Apple ProRes or DV.

  • Michael Grenadier Level 7 Level 7 (20,315 points)

    You are very wrong on fcp 7 being able to work with mp4 video.  Although you might be able to import the files, fcp behavior with them will be buggy and extremely undependable even with mp4 encoded with h264.  MpegStreamclip is a free versatile tool that will usually be able to convert the files to a fcp7 friendly format.

     

    http://www.squared5.com/svideo/mpeg-streamclip-mac.html

  • Shane Ross Level 8 Level 8 (42,305 points)

    It's just a troll trying to hawk software that isn't doing well off of word of mouth....like MPEG STREAMCLIP...which does this for FREE. And Compressor, that does this for FREE.

  • lilly xichol Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)

    When comes to MP4 video, FCP can accept most of them, like Flip MP4, Sony bloggie MP4, YouTube MP4, etc. However, this doesn't always work. There are still dozen of .mp4 files can't be imported into the Final Cut, for the complexed video codecs of MP4 files. In the case, convert the source MP4 file to FCP acceptable file format would be an effective solution. Here is a third party software - MP4 to FCP Converter would be your great helper.

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