“Hi, Please HELP. I record about 15GB footage with my new Canon XF405, I can play it on QuickTime well, but I can’t edit the MP4 videos in FCP X smoothly. How to import and edit Canon XF405 recordings in FCP X without rendering?“
The XF405 Professional Camcorder offers an outstanding combination of 4K UHD image quality, features and functionality in a compact portable design ideally suited for on-the-go Electronic News Gathering (ENG) and documentary production. Featuring a 1.0-inch 4K UHD CMOS image sensor and dual DIGIC DV 6 Image Processors, the XF405 records in MP4 format to dual SD card slots.
Canon XF405 File Format
MP4 Video: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Audio: MPEG-4 AAC-LC (16-bit 2ch) / LPCM (16-bit 4ch), 48 kHz
From relevant forums, we got know that Final Cut Pro can’t work Canon XF405 footage natively. The basic reason is that as it happens with MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 is not for editing, is for delivery. That means editing Canon XF405 4K recordings in FCP (FCP X, FCP 7, FCP 6) is not an easy work.
As we know Final Cut Pro X has the ability to handle 4K resolution video, however, compared to FCP 7, FCP 6 is a better option for editing 4K video, since Apple have been adding support for new 4K formats and 4K new export options for FCP X but this will not be included in 7 and 6 as it was last updated 2 years ago. As for the 4K MPEG-4 video recorded by Canon XF405, from FCP X supported file formats lists, we get the information that both FCP 7 and FCP 6 have native import support for Canon XF405 4K H.264 video. Nevertheless, people still encounter problem they try to edit Canon XF405 4K video on slow computer or directly load XF405 4K MPEG-4 AVC video into FCP X on powerful Mac computer, the following article will show you how to fix them one by one.
How to convert Canon XF405 4K MP4 for using in FCP X/7/6?
If you happen to own a powerful computer that meet the minimum requirements to play and edit Canon XF405 4K MP4 files, you can get a high performance of workflow of 4K video on FCP X, FCP 7 and FCP 6. However, if you try to directly load the Canon XF405 4K footage into FCP X/7/6, you can easily encounter some issues.
The main reason is that MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 is a good inter-frame delivery file format, but not a good editing format. To fix this issue, it would be much ideal for you to convert Canon XF405 to one of Final Cut Pro compatible intra-frame video editing format such as Apple Prores formats. Here Acrok Video Converter Ultimate (Windows Version | Mac Version) is your best choice to do this job.
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Add video clips
Install Acrok Video Converter Ultimate for Mac as the best Canon XF405 video converter and run it. Connect your camcorder to you computer. Drag the 4K MP4 videos to the program. It supports batch conversion and joining multiple video clips into one file.
Select output format
Click "Format" drop-down bar to select a proper video format. To edit Canon XF405 videos in FCP X/7/6 without rendering, please choose "Final Cut Pro" > "Apple PreRes 422(*.mov)" or "Apple ProRes 4444 (*.mov)" as output option.
If your have uplaoded FCP X to the latest, you can set output video resolution as "Orginal". Please click "Setting" button on the main interface to open “Profile Settings” window, the so the settings as your need.
Start video conversion
Click Convert button to start converting Canon XF405 video on Mac. Once the conversion completes, you can click "Open" to find the exported videos which can be directly imported to FCP X/7/6. You’ve done.