Can’t Import MP4 files into Final Cut Pro (10.4)- Solution

Final Cut Pro is a very popular application when it comes to editing videos on your Mac, but unfortunately a lot of users have encountered problems from time to time, most of them related to problems regarding importing a quite hot file extension - MP4 in FCP X/7/6. So what's the matter? To get better videos or more wonderful video editing workflow, how to get Final Cut Pro (the lastest 10.4 vesion) to accept all your MP4 files? Refer to the following paragraph.

Edit MP4 in FCP

As we know, MP4 is a widely used format which can be ripped from Blu-ray/DVD, downloded from video sharing sites such as YouTube and Fox or captured from a GoPro camera. MP4 is a widely used format which means, you may download MP4 videos from video sharing sites such as YouTube and Fox, shared some MP4 videos from others, or captured MP4 videos from a GoPro camera.

While, FCP prefer MPEG-4 and H.264 codecs instead of others. If your MP4 files are not compatible with FCP, it's probably because of the different codec in a number of MP4 files as Final Cut Pro (even the latest version 10.4) might not support all of these codecs. Thus, there are many video, audio codec problems while importing MP4 video into FCP for editing. Plus, even the Final Cut program can ingest your MP4 files directly, it takes a long time for rendering. The best method to avoid those problems and save time is to convert MP4 to a more editing-friendly format, such as FCP's Prores MOV (the most compatible video format for PP).

The article would show you how to change MP4 to FCP editing-friendly format step by step with Dimo Video Converter Ultimate for Mac. With it, you can effortlessly and losslessly transcode MP4 files to FCP best supported Apple ProRes codec with no quality loss, and then you can load the footages to Final Cut Pro for editing as you want. This MP4 to FCP converter has many preset codec/formats for output, such as Apple ProRes 422/4444/LT/HQ codec.

Besides, it can help you convert MP4 for smoothly importing and editing in other non-linear editing systems (NLE), including Adobe Premiere Pro, Premiere Elements, After Effects, Avid Media Composer and more with preset profile for th. If you're using a PC, turn to the Windows version here which also create Apple prores code for you.

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Convert/Transcode MP4 Files to Final Cut Pro (10.4) quickly

Note: If you are FCP X users, before you try to do the conversion, don't forget to make sure that you have installed the Apple ProRes Codec manually since the FCP X asks users to install it by themselves.

Step 1. Import MP4 files

Launch the MP4 to FCP converter. Here you can directly drag and drop the MP4 files to the converter, or go to Add button to load the MP4 videos.

MP4 to FCP converter

Step 2. Choose FCP as the output format

Click "Select Format" bar to choose the format for output. For editing MP4 in Final Cut Pro, you can choose "Format -> Editor -> Final Cut Pro X or Final Cut Pro 7"; it's best for FCP editing.

FCP video format

About Apple ProRes:

  • ProRes 422 (Proxy): For craft editing or offline editing on a MacBook or MacBook Pro.
  • ProRes 422 (LT): For projects such as news, sports, and multicam events that require reduced file sizes at broadcast quality.
  • ProRes 4444: For compositing and digital workflows that require the highest-possible image fidelity.
  • Apple ProRes 422 (HQ): This codec preserves visual quality at the same high level as Apple ProRes 4444, but for 4:2:2 image sources, and offers visually lossless preservation of the highest-quality professional HD video that a (single-link) HD-SDI signal can carry.
  • Apple ProRes 422: This codec offers nearly all the benefits of Apple ProRes 422 (HQ), but at 66 percent of the data rate for even better multistream, real-time editing performance.

Tip: Click the Settings icon to adjust video and audio parameters on the Profile Setting as you need to get the best quality video. You can set video resolution, bitrate, frame rate (24p/30p) as you want.

Step 3. Start MP4 to FCP conversion on Mac

Now click the "Start" button, and then leave the Mac MP4 encoder to do the rest automatically for you. After the MP4 to FCP Mac conversion, go to "File" > "Import" > and then you can freely use your MP4 files in FCP (10.4). Once finish the editing job, you can share your created MP4 on YouTube or TV with lagre screen.

Salient Features of Dimo Video Converter Ultimate for Mac:

  • Convert all popular formats: Complete support for more than 200 different, popular formats
  • Custom Video: Personalize videos with diversified video editing tools.
  • Optimized Presets: Allows you to optimize the output the way you want by click save us.
  • Extract Audio: Extract audio from video to MP3, MKV, M4V, WAV, etc.
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