Edit DJI Mavic Air 4K Video to FCP X

Edit DJI Mavic Air 4K Video to FCP X

Category : 4K Formats , Final Cut Pro

As the newest and smallest Mavic Drone, the DJI Mavic Air features a 12 MP camera capable of capturing 4K footage at up to 30fps. For Mac users with the professional NLE editing software – FCP X, you may wish to do some advanced color grading or create stunning effects and sweeping graphics with the Mavic Air 4K footage. How about the editing workflow of Mavic Air 4K video with FCP X.

Specification of Mavic Air 4K video

Container format: MP4 or MOV
Compression codec: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC
Video resolution: 4K Ultra HD (3840×2160)
Frame rate: 24/25/30p
Max Video bit rate: 100Mbps

Work Mavic Air 4K video natively with FCP X

After searching for FCP X supported file formats, we can see that FCP X has included native importing support for the H.264 MP4 or MOV video shot with DJI Mavic Air camera. Therefore, you can directly import Mavic Air H.264 video to FCP X for editing without extra transcoding process. As for editing 4K video with FCP X. As for editing 4K video with FCP X, it all depends on the performance of your Mac computer. If your Mac computer doesn’t have the powerful GPU and enough RAM storage to handle 4K resolution video editing, you can create Proxy media directly with FCP X with smaller file resolution to smoothly edit video on an underpowered computer.

If you Mac computer are powerful enough to support 4K video editing with FCP X, you may still find that you can get a high quality editing workflow especially when you try to do some color correction and composititing with gradients. The main reason is that the H.264 video used by Mavic Air camera is mainly used as a distribution format, but it is not a good editing format when are care about image quality, render speeds or lots of effects work. To get a high quality and high performance editing workflow of Mavic Air 4K H.264 with FCP X, it would be much ideal for you to encode H.264 to FCP X most preferable Apple Prores codec, as an 10-bit format, the Apple Prores codec render faster and have more room, so that you can create great looking effects without losing any quality.

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Transcode Mavic Air 4K H.264 to Apple Prores for FCP X

Here, you can get the job easily completed by downloading our best Prores Converter for Mac – Pavtube Video Converter for Mac. The program has perfect importing support for the 4K H.264 MP4/MOV video shot with DJI Mavic Air camera, thanks to its batch conversion mode, you can load multiple Mavic Air 4K video into the application for conversion at one time to save your precious time.

The program can assists you to directly export Mavic Air 4K H.264 to FCP X preferable high quality and high performance editing codec – Apple Prores in various file types including Apple Prores 422, Apple Prores 422 HQ, Apple Prores 422 Proxy and Apple Prores LT. For color grading and effects editing on powerful Mac computer, it would be much ideal to choose the Apple Prores 422, Apple Prores 422 HQ format, while for rough editing on slow Mac computer or offline editing, just choose Apple Prores 422 Proxy or Apple Prores 422 LT format.

Pavtube Video Converter for Mac is pretty simple to use, no matter experienced user or fresh could handle it very well. In addition, it has perfect compatibility with the new macOS High Sierra, macOS Sierra, Mac OS X El Capitan, Mac OS X Yosemite, Mac OS X Mavericks, etc. What’s more, it produces high quality conversion results with better video/audio quality.

How to Transcode Mavic Air 4K Video to FCP X Prores for Best Editing Workflow?

Step 1: Import DJI Mavic Air 4K video.

Launch the application on your Mac computer, from “File” drop-down option, select “add Video/Audio” to add source DJI Mavic Air 4K files to the program.

Load Mavic Air 4K video

Step 2: Select output file format.

From “Format” drop-down option, here you can choose Final Cut Pro X best favorable Apple Prores editing codec.

If you try to edit Mavic Air 4K video with Final Cut Pro X on powerful Mac computer with more effects editing, it would be much ideal for you to choose “Apple Prores 422(*.mov)” or “Apple Prores 422(HQ)(*.mov)” for high quality performance.

Output Apple Prores 422 or 422 HQ

f you have a underpowered Mac computer or you wish to load Mavic Air 4K video into Final Cut Pro X for some rough editing or offline editing, it is ideal for you to output”Apple Prores 422(Proxy)(*.mov)” or “Apple Prores 422(LT)(*.mov)” format.

Output Apple Prores 422 Proxy or LT format

Step 3: Start the conversion process.

After all the setting is over, go back to the main interface and hit right-bottom “Convert” button to start to convert Mavic Air 4K to FCP X supported editing formats.

When the conversion is completed, launch FCP X on your Mac computer to import converted video to FCP X for smooth editing workflow.

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