The GoPro HD records in MPEG-4 and outputs its files as .MP4 files (the container). Files are compressed using the h.264 codec (as opposed to AAC or Xvid and DivX usually found in .AVI containers). So the files you are getting out of GoPro HD are suited to be delivered as is, which is usually not what you want. The GoPro HD being an “always-on” type of camera worn on your helmet, attached to your bike, surfboard or other, you usually end up with long sequences of footage you then need to edit down. Since the MP4 codec is a final delivery codec it is not one you want to use for editing.
Final Cut Pro X is new released with powerful new features like expanded ProRes codecs, improved speed/XML interchange/media management, etc and some time-saving improvements like automatic transfer, easy export, and so on. However, this new released FCP X can not support MXF video format! Final Cut Pro X, the latest version of video-editing software geared for professionals from a company increasingly focused on mainstream consumers. Final Cut Pro X is a follow-up to Final Cut Pro X, software Apple released in 2009 as part of Final Cut Studio. Like Apple’s newly released of Mac OS X Mountain Lion/Lion, Final Cut Pro X was only be available to customers through the Mac App Store. However, this new released FCP X does not support well with GoPro HD MP4 Videos.
So the program you need is a great UFUSoft Mac GoPro MP4 to Apple ProRes 422 Converter. With it, you can convert GoPro HD MP4 files to Apple ProRes 422 for editing with Final Cut Pro X on Mac.
Below is the step-by-step guide for you to quickly convert GoPro HD MP4 to Apple ProRes Codec (*.mov) for editing in Final Cut Pro.
Step 1. Download GoPro MP4 files to Apple computer.
Connect your GoPro HD camera to Apple computer via USB cable, find the xavc files from the camera folder. Then copy and transfer the GoPro MP4 files from camera to the Apple hard drive disk.
Step 2. Import GoPro MP4 files to UFUSoft HD Video Converter for Mac.
Run UFUSoft HD Video Converter for Mac as the best GoPro HD MP4 to FCP X ProRes Converter, and click the “Add” button to load GoPro MP4 videos from GoPro HD cameras. You may also directly drag and drop the HD MP4 video to application UI for importing files.
Step 3. Choose Final Cut Pro – Apple ProRes 422(*.mov) or HD MOV output format.
Click the “Format” option and navigate the mouse cursor to Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov) or HD Video > HD MOV Video(*.mov)as output format. The Mac GoPro Video to FCP X Converter will convert GoPro HD MP4 to Apple ProRes 422 MOV with high quality.
Step 4. Convert GoPro HD MP4 video to Apple ProRes (*.MOV) for Final Cut Pro X
Click the convert button under the preview window, and the Mac GoPro HD MP4 to FCP X Converter will start the conversion from GoPro HD MP4 to Apple ProRes MOV for Final Cut.
After the conversion, you can easily import Apple Prores to Final Cut Pro X without rendering for editing.
1. If you would like to edit GoPro HD MP4 with FCE/iMovie, Avid, Adobe Premiere Pro, Kendlive, etc, you can convert GoPro HD MP4 to HD MOV, MPG, MP4, WMV, AVI, DV on Mac.
2. If you want to convert GoPro HD MP4 to Windows Movie Maker, Sony Vegas, Adobe Premiere, etc on windows 7/8/8.1/Vista/XP, etc, please use Windows GoPro HD MP4 Video Converter.
2. This UFUSoft HD Video Converter for Mac supports GoPro HD MP4 cameras.