How to Edit MP4 Files Smoothly in FCP 7?

Summary:In this article, you will know how to edit MP4 files smoothly without rendering in FCP 7 on Mac 10.8, just follow it!

Q1: I need to convert a 2.7k mp4 from a GoPro Hero 3 at 45mb/s to ProRes so I can edit in Final Cut 7. Which software I can use and how can I convert and keep the 45mb/s bit rate?? 

Q2: "Any suggestions on how to convert H.264 Mp4 files? I have a CG-10 Sanyo and that's the file it converts to, 720p. Looking to edit the footage with existing DV footage in Final Cut Pro Studio like FCP. " 

Q3: I've been searching for a solution but everything I've found relating to this doesn't work for me. I have an MP4 (with AVC Coding, 640 x 360, Millions AAC, Stereo (L R), 48.000 kHz) that I need to edit in FCP 7.0.3. I always get a message that says "Error: can't prepare the movie." I've tried several different codecs to no avail (Intermediate, DV NTSC, etc.) Any ideas on any other ways to get this converted to an editable format?Thanks!

MP4 files are compressed using h.264 codec which is a final delivery codec not use for editing. Therefore you may have problems when importing MP4 footage into Final Cut Pro 7. For smoothly editing MP4 files in Final Cut Pro 7, you first need to convert 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 720p/1080p MP4 files to ProRes 422 encoded MOV for Final Cut Pro 7.

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 MP4 HD footage to for smoothly editing in Final Cut Pro 7.

Guide: Transcoding 720p/1080p MP4 to ProRes 422 codec for Final Cut Pro 7

Step 1: Add mp4 footage from MP4 file folder to Prores converter for FCP. You can directly drag and drop video files to this software.

Step 2: Choose Final Cut Pro editing codec. Select to rewrap your mts files to "Apple Prores 422(*.mov)" or "Apple Prores 422(LT)(*.mov)" to work fine with FCP 7.

Step 3: Hit "Convert" button to carry out the conversion process. When the conversion ends, you can run the Final Cut Pro and click File --> Import --> Files to import the resulted MOV files and edit them in FCP 7 easily, you can follow this import video to fcp guide.

From the steps above, I think you got the point to batch convert MP4 files to Apple ProRes 422 for Final Cut Pro editing, please have a try, this software will solve you MP4 files conversion and editing problems, and then you can import and use your MP4 files in FCP 7 on Mac without any problems.

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