The Final Cut Pro X 10.0 and FCP 6/7 won’t deal with 4K videos, there is a quick fix to help you import & edit 4K videos(XAVC S) in Final Cut Pro without issue.
As the popularity of 4K camcorders, more and more people are struggling to play, edit 4K videos. There is good news for 4K XAVC “S” users, who are planning to import and edit 4K in FCP X(10.1). In this article, I will show you how to work with 4K videos in FCP X as well as Final Cut Pro 7.
Until FCPX 10.1 and Mavericks Sony’s XAVC “S” was impossible to deal with on my fully spec 27″ iMac with Thunderbolt. The first thing you should note is that 4K comes in two sizes, 17:9 which is known as true 4K (4096 x 2160) and 16:9 which is 3840 x 2160. It’s not a major problem if you can’t decide what to choose as you can easily change the size in FCPX 10.1.
This is a 16:9 XAVC “S” file on a true 4K timeline (17:9) and as you can see you get two black borders either side of the picture, to sort this scroll down to the Spatial Conform section.
If you have a Sony FDR-AX1 you will find XAVC “S” which has an MPEG 4 wrapper, at 4K you only get the option of 3840 x 2160 which is 16:9. The good news is that FCPX 10.1 has nailed the ingest of this complicated codec and takes no longer than XAVC to import.
You will get three options, Fit…Fill…None, use the “Fill” option and you will lose your two black borders. If you have Full HD footage (1920 x 1080) and you choose “None” under Spatial Conform you can fit four HD shots into one 4K page.
Important Note: FCPX 10.1 with Mavericks is a game changer for 4K in general, but you should note that Sony’s XAVC “S” did not work with FCPX 10.0.9 and Mountain Lion, let alone FCP 7, FCP 6. Apple have done their homework with Mavericks but combine this with FCPX 10.1 and you get a very slick, responsive editing system add that to a new MacPro and 4K becomes even more fantastic.
If you want to edit 4K video in FCP X(10.0), FCP 7, a quick solution is to convert 4K clips to ProRes, which is natively supported by Final Cut Pro. Now I share the guide with you how to transcode 4K footage to Final Cut Pro X friendly format using UFUWare HD Converter for Mac- a best Mac 4K Video Converter. With it, you can effortlessly encode/re-encode Sony(XAVC/XAVC S), Blackmagic, GoPro(4K MP4), Panasonic 4K footage for smoothly importing and editing in various non-linear editing systems (NLE), including Final Cut Pro X, FCP 6/7, iMovie, Final Cut Express, Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, etc. Download the program and learn in detail.
Supported OS: Mac OS X 10.5, 10.6, 10.7, 10.8, 10.9,10.10;
How to Convert 4K video to Final Cut Pro X/7 on Mac(Yosemite)
1. Download, install and run the 4K to FCP Converter; click “Add Videos” icon to load your source 4K files.
2. Click “Format” bar and choose “Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” as output format for editing 4K in FCP X with natively supported video codec.
Tip: Click “Settings” button if you’d like to customize advanced audio and video parameters like Video Codec, aspect ratio, bit rate, frame rate, Audio codec, sample rate, audio channels.
3. Hit the convert button; it will start converting 4K to ProRes .mov for importing to Final Cut Pro 7/X instantly. Soon after the conversion, click “Open” button to get generated files for natively editing in FCP no matter Final Cut Pro X 10.0 or Final Cut Pro 7/6 under Yosemite,Mavericks, Mountain Lion… Mac OS X.