I recorded 28GB 4K videos with my new Panasonic AG-CX10, but I can't edit the 4K MP4 in FCP X smoothly. My teacher suggested that I convert these videos to the best support coding for Final Cut Pro X, ProRes 422 or ProRes 4444. Which video converting tool should I choose? My computer is running the latest system - macOS Catalina. - Whillans, Mark
What is Apple ProRes?
Apple ProRes is a line of intermediate codecs, which are meant to use during video editing. Intermediate codecs retain higher quality than the end-user codecs, and they require less expensive disk systems when compared to uncompressed videos. ProRes is essential for video editing, and it has the ability to read RAW files natively. There are six types of ProRes formats, and they range from minimal compression to extreme compression rates. All the ProRes formats are compatible with the current frame sizes such as 8K, 6K, 4K, 2K, Full HD, HD and SD.
Why Do We Need to Convert MP4 Files to ProRes?
Editing MP4 files are very hard since the format is highly compressed by H.264 codec, which makes it hard to open and edit the file. If you want to edit 8K, 6K, 4K or 1080P MP4 footage with Final Cut Pro X in Mac (macOS Catalina is included) computer that don't recognize the codec, you'll probably have to convert them to Apple ProRes or some other standard. Therefore, we need to convert MP4 files to ProRes to enhance easier editing and for compatibility reasons. ProRes files are easier to use and can be opened and edited using most file editors. The good news is you don't need any special encoder - a universal conversion tool would do just fine. Acrok Video Converter Ultimate for Mac, top Mac MP4 to ProRes Converter. Transcoding H.264/AVC, XVID, MPEG-4, DIVX, MJPEG, H.263, XAVC S, HEVC/H.265 to ProRes codec on Mac with the fastest speed. If you wanner convert MP4 to ProRes codec on Windows 10, please try Acrok Video Converter Ultimate for Windows.
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MP4 to ProRes Converter Features
Transcode any MP4 to ProRes codec on Mac
With it, you can do batch conversion from 8K, 6K, 4K, 2K, 1080P MP4 to ProRes codec without quality loss for smooth importing and editing in Final Cut Pro X. Convert XAVC S, H.264/AVC, XVID, MPEG-4, MJPEG, H.263, DIVX, HEVC/H.265 to ProRes 422 and ProRes 4444 easily.
Convert MP4 to other video codecs
Besides MP4, the program also support other various formats like MXF, MTS, MOV, AVI, VOB, MKV, AVI, etc. What's more, this program offers other professinal encoders like DNxHD, H.265, MPEG-2, Apple Intermediate Codec (AIC), etc. - ensuring maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with DaVinci Resolve, Media Composer, Premiere Pro CC, Vegas Pro, iMovie and more.
Convert Blu-ray and DVD to MP4
If you want to watch a DVD or Blu-ray movie on your video player devices, such as iPad Pro, iPad Mini, iPad Air, you need to convert the movie to a specific video at first. Here you can use MP4 to get a video with high video quality and relatively smaller size. This Apple ProRes Converter can give you a hand.
Play Back 4K MP4 Videos on Mac
If you just simply want to watch your 4K MP4 videos and movies at hand, this Mac MP4 to ProRes Converter is strongly recommended. This all-in-one free player can play nearly everything including Blu-rays, DVDs, MKV, AVI and almost all standard-formatted videos, of course, MP4 is supported. Tests show that the MP4 playback with Acrok software is very smooth. Just grab a free trial of the player to enjoy your MP4 goodies!
Downsize large 4K MP4 videos with nothing lost
An 8K, 6K, 4K MP4 video is usually very large in size, in order to save space while remain the video quality, converting the 4K MP4 video to an H.265 video is the perfect solution. Result is the image quality is the same, but the file size is reduced to half. Cheers!
How to convert MP4 to ProRes on Mac with Acrok software?
Add MP4 videos for Conversion
Install the MP4 to ProRes Converter and run it. Drag the MP4 files to the software. Or you can also click "Add file" icon on the top of the main interface to import video to the program. Batch conversion is supported, so you can load more than one file to save time.
Choose Output Format
You can directly choose the ProRes profile from "Final Cut Pro" catelog for FCP X which has been supplied by the Apple ProRes encoder. The settings fit seamlessly all versions of Final Cut Pro. Note that ProRes is just a codec, the video encoded with ProRes will be wrapped in a MOV container.
Set advanced settings (Optional)
If you are critical about the output quality, you can adjust the parameters about the videos. As is true of video, audio settings is also important in adding a premium to the video quality. Just click "Setting" by the side of "Format" and you are ready to tweak. For getting orginal video resolution, please select "Orginal" in "Resolution (pix)" column. In principle, the larger input values, the better output quality, but the corresponding larger file size.
To know the original video parameters, please go back to the main interface of the software and select your task then click "Show selected tast properties" icon.
Edit MP4 video with MP4 to ProRes Converter (Optional)
If you delve into the software, you will find its editing functions very useful. To activate the "Edit" menu, you have to select an item first. When a video file is selected, you can click the "Edit" icon on the tool bar of main interface to edit selected file. On the "Video Editor" Window, you can play and preview the original video and output effects. Also you can flip video, trim, add 3D effect, reset, and adjust volume.
Start converting MP4 to ProRes
As soon as all the above settings are completed, you can press "Convert" button to start MP4 video format to ProRes codec conversion. After conversion is done, simply click "Open" button to find generated ProRes codec encoded MOV files. Afterwards, you can transfer the encoded MP4 files into Final Cut Pro X for smooth editing without any problem.
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