I’m desperately trying to import 4K 60 fps videos from my Gopro Hero 6 to Final Cut Pro X with sadly no results. I have patiently waited that H.265 codec was available, but since it is, I still cannot import my videos. When I’m dropping a file (MP4) directly in the project folder, timeline, whatever, I get error message which says that file is not compatible. FCP X is up to date with 10.3.4 version. I’m using Mac Book pro with High Sierra 10.13.1.
I post the issue on Apple forum and get a solid answer from guys online. H.265 is not supported in FCP until the release of 10.4. That’s means currently Final Cut Pro X can’t ingest GoPro Hero6 H.265 footage directly. To edit Hero6 HEVC in FCP X, we need a h.265 decoding tool and trasncode GoPro Hero 6 4K HEVC to 4K ProRes first.
I tried Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac. It is recommended by more than one guys as it can bring us H.265 to 4K ProRes conversion at $29.95 only.
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I’m user of Brorsoft. So far, the program worked great for me. I had necessity to bring H.265 footage from GoPro Hero6 into Final Cut Pro. H.265 codec were too heavy into FC timeline. But with this Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac the situation is solved!! It helps me convert GoPro Hero6 H.265 to ProRes with the best quality. This software is amazing: friendly interface, simplicity, incredible speed and quality a/v convertion!! A great cheap quality soft! I’m really satisfied!!!
Below is a tutorial on how to transcode GoPro Hero6 H.265 to ProRes for Final Cut Pro X:
1. Import H.265 videos to the software
Once run the GoPro Hero6 H.265 video converter, you can click “Add Video” button to load H.265 source files. Convert supports batch conversion, so you are allowed to add multiple files to convert at a time.
2. Select the output format
Click “format” bar and choose “Final Cut Pro -> Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” as Final Cut Pro X compatible codec for editing H.265 footage in FCP X smoothly. ProRes 422(HQ), Pro Res 422(LT), Pro Res 444, Pro Res 422(Proxy) are all the proper choice.
Tip: Tap “settings” to customize the output parameters- adjust the video size, bitrate, frame rate, audio sample rate, audio channel, etc to get a decent video for editing in Final Cut Pro. You can keep the original video size as 4K or downscale 4K to 1080p for easier editing.
3. Start H.265 to ProRes conversion
Click “Convert” button to start encoding H.265 to ProRes MOV for Final Cut Pro under Mac OS X.
Once the H.265 to ProRes 422 conversion is done, you can transfer your Hero6 H.265 footage into Final Cut Pro X or FCP 7 for editing smoothly on Mac with ease.