GoPro Max and Final Cut Pro X - Edit GoPro Max H.265/HEVC in FCP X

It’s great fun to see your recorded footage being loved and appreciated by millions of people. Before uploading, you may want to edit the amazing videos. If you use Final Cut Pro X to edit the GoPro Max videos, you may encounter problems like these:

Q1: Having trouble with GoPro Max videos with FCP X
I can’t take my GoPro Max videos (.mp4) and load them into the timeline. Any suggestions why this is happening?

Q2: GoPro Max Video – Serious Sync Issues Eliminate FCP X as a tool
I was excited to see how great the video is from the GoPro Max. I have taken one hour 6K videos of lectures that look great. However, when pulled into FCP X 10.2, the sound goes out of sync to the point that it is unusable after about seven minutes. I have checked the original file MP4 using QT – it plays perfectly. Indeed, I can trim and split the file using QT and I know that creating a bunch of small videos to link in FCP X would be a solution of sorts.

The GoPro Max is a smarter, easier-to-use 360 camera. It records in H.265/HEVC and outputs its files as .MP4 files (the container). Files are compressed using the h.264 codec. So the files you are getting out of GoPro Max are suited to be delivered as is, which is usually not what you want.

Since both the H.265 codec is a final delivery codec it is not one you want to use for editing. To edit GoPro Max Videos in Final Cut Pro X smoothly, the easy workaround is to transcode them to a more editing-friendly format, such as Apple ProRes 422. This article would show you how to convert GoPro Max video to FCP X highly compatible format step by step with a professional H.265/HEVC Video Converter from Acrok. By running it, there’s no need to set the codec yourself: the program has optimized presets for FCP X (FCP 7 and FCP 6 included). You can convert any video file to FCP X compatible format without losing any quality on Mac OS X(macOS Catalina included). If you’re using a Windows computer, simply turn to the Windows version GoPro Max to FCP X Converter.

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How to convert GoPro Max videos for editing in FCP X

Step 1. Load GoPro Max Videos

After downloading, install and run this H.265 to FCP X Converter, just copy the MP4 files from your GoPro Max to your hard drive. Then click “Add file” to import the files to the software for converting.

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Step 2. Select the output format

The program has three already optimized the video settings for Final Cut Pro X. You can select Apple ProRes 422 MOV or Apple ProRes 4444 MOV from “Final Cut Pro” as the output format. All output videos will keep the perfect quality of MP4 video and seamlessly fit FCP X and more.

Convert GoPro Max video to ProRes 422 MOV and ProRes 4444 MOV for FCP X

Tips: The default setting works well. Of course, if you want to customize video and audio encoding settings, just click the “Settings” button to customize these settings. You can adjust the output video/audio resolution, frame rate, bit rate, etc. to customize the output files to get the best quality you want.

Step 3. Start converting GoPro Max videos

Hit the blur “Convert” button on bottom of the main windows and the conversion from GoPro Max H.265/HEVC MP4 to ProRes MOV for FCP X will begin immediately.

When the conversion is finished, you can click “Open” button to get the generated MOV files effortlessly. Launch Final Cut Pro X on your computer, choose “File > Import to import converted GoPro Max videos in FCP X for further editing.


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