Import DJI Osmo+ 4K to FCP X

Import DJI Osmo+ 4K to FCP X

Category : 4K Cameras , Final Cut Pro

The Osmo+ is DJI’s first handheld gimbal with an integrated zoom camera. It features an advanced 4K camera which enables you to shot crisp DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) resolution at 24/25 fps, UHD 4K at up to 30 fps in either MP4 or MOV container format with MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 compression codec. After the shooting stage, a lot of Mac users try to direct import Osmo+ 4K video to FCP X for professional post editing workflow, however, the editing process and also the final editing result would not that satisfactory.

Can FCP X native import Osmo+ 4K H.264 video?

The fact is that FCP X offers blazing performance of 4K editing when working with Mac Pro. For those people who are working 4K video with FCP X on underpowered Mac computer, you can direct create Apple Proxy files with small file resolution with FCP X for smooth editing workflow. Alternative, you can also choose to compress 4K to 1080p if you just wish to export a 1080p project from FCP X.

As for the H.264 MP4/MOV video shot with DJI Osmo, although it is included in FCP X supported formats list, however, it is well known that it is a good delivery file format, but not a good editing format. In addition, as an 8-bit video format, if you edit it natively, you start to lose image quality as you do color correction or composite gradients to create greenscreen keys. There just isn’t a lot of room to work. To solve these image quality issues, it would be much ideal to transcode H.264 to a higher bit-rate format such as Prores files, which is larger but render faster and have more room, so you can create great looking effects without losing any quality.

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Transcode DJI Osmo+ 4K H.264 to Prores for FCP X

To achieve a high quality and high performance editing workflow of DJI Osmo+ 4K video with FCP X, the best solution is transcoding Osmo+ 4K H.264 to Prores codec. Here, you can get the job easily completed by downloading our best Prores Converter – Pavtube Video Converter for Mac. The application can assist you to direct output DJI Osmo+ 4K H.264 to FCP X most favorable Apple Prores codec in various different file types.

If your Mac computer are powerful enough to handle multicam and high-resolution video and you are going to do many effects editing work with FCP X, you’d better choose to output “Apple Prores 422(*.mov)”or “Apple Prores 422(HQ)(*.mov)” for better performance. If your computer is old or slow, or you just want to do some rough editing, you can select to output “Apple Prores Proxy)(*.mov)”or “Apple Prores (LT)(*.mov)”format to save more space and bandwidth.

How to Transcode DJI Osmo+ 4K H.264 to Prores for FCP X Best Editing Workflow?

Step 1: Input DJI Osmo+ 4K source files.

Launch and start the program on the computer, import your source DJI Osmo+ 4K H.264 MP4/MOV video files to the program by clicking “File”> “Add Video/Audio”.

Step 2: Define the output format.

Clicking the Format bar, from its drop-down list, you can choose one of Final Cut Pro X best compatible Apple Prores editing format. If your computer is powerful enough to handle 4K video, it would be much ideal for you to choose “Apple Prores 422(*.mov)” or “”Apple Prores 422(HQ)(*.mov)” for high quality performance on Final Cut Pro X.

Output Apple Prores 422 or 422 HQ format

If you have a underpowered computer, 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: Adjust output file resolution.

Click “Settings” on the main interface to open “Profile Settings” window, here, under video section, adjust output video resolution as “1920*1080” or smaller resolution if just plan to export a 1080p project from FCP X.

Compress 4K to 1080p

Step 4: Start the conversion process.

Go back to the main interface, hit right-bottom “Convert” button to start to convert and compress Mavic Pro Platinum 4K to Final Cut Pro X best favorable Apple Prores format with compatible file resolution.

When the conversion is completed, feel free to import video to Final Cut Pro 7/X for professional post-production workflow on either powerful or slow computer.

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