Work with Blackmagic CinemaDNG RAW in FCP X

Summary: This guide will tell you how to deal with Blackmagic CinemaDNG RAW in FCP X. If you have the problem with that, please continue reading.

CinemaDNG specifies directory structures containing one or more video clips, and specifies requirements and constraints for the open format files, (DNG, TIFF, XMP, and/or MXF), within those directories, that contain the content of those clips. Blackmagic CinemaDNG is different from the Adobe DNG (Digital Negative) format that is primarily used as a RAW image format for still cameras. If you find that you always fail to import and edit Blackmagic CinemaDNG RAW files in FCP X, that won’t be strange. From FCP official document, we can see that CinemaDNG RAW isn’t in the formats list at all. 

In order to work with Blackmagic CinemaDNG RAW files in FCP X, I would give a good suggestion to you – Transcoding Blackmagic CinemaDNG RAW files to the most suitable codec for FCP X – Apple ProRes 422(HQ). Apple ProRes 422(HQ) Codec and FCP X are all developed by Apple, so FCP X will read Apple ProRes 422(HQ) Codec perfectly.

If you want to know more about Apple ProRes, please check Types of Apple ProRes CodecsApple ProRes Info & Tips,Apple ProRes Specifications.

Here I highly recommend Pavtube Video Converter for Mac(Windows Version) to assist you to transcode Blackmagic CinemaDNG RAW files to Apple ProRes 422(HQ) Codec. Besides, this CinemaDNG converter particularly impressed us with its video editor. This isn't just about trimming a few surplus frames – there are tools to rotate your movie, crop it, tweak brightness, contrast and saturation, add text or image watermarks and apply a host of effects (Sharpen, Invert, Equalise, Black and White, Aged Film, Cartoon and more).

1. When converting CinemaDNG RAW footage using Final Cut Pro oriented format templates(e.g. Apple Prores), please ensure that your computer has Final Cut Pro installed, otherwise the converted files will have audio only without image.
2. If you are using FCP X, please make sure you have installed ProApps QuickTime Codecs, or you may get files with sound only without video.


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How to Work with Blackmagic CinemaDNG RAW in FCP X

Step 1. First of all, launch this CinemaDNG Converter. Then click "Add Video" or button(picture below) to browse and choose your Blackmagic CinemaDNG RAW files.

Step 2. For converting Blackmagic CinemaDNG RAW files to Apple ProRes 422(HQ), just click on the format bar and follow "Final Cut Pro" > "Apple Prores 422 HQ(*.mov)".

Step 3. Once the preparation is done, click the "Convert" button in the main UI to begin to convert Blackmagic CinemaDNG RAW files to Apple Prores 422 HQ(*.mov). When the conversion is over, you are able to work with Blackmagic CinemaDNG RAW in FCP X with no issue. Enjoy!

Related Software:
Pavtube iMedia Converter for Mac: If you want to import and edit popular DVD movies in FCP X, Pavtube iMedia Converter for Mac can help you finalize extracting movies out of DVD to FCP X.

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