Home » Final Cut Pro X 10.4 Support for H.265 Import

Final Cut Pro X 10.4 Support for H.265 Import

Apple announces Final Cut Pro X 10.4 with support for HEVC

News: Apple at the Final Cut Pro X Creative Summit demonstrated several new features to its non-linear video editing software - Final Cut Pro X version 10.4. First and foremost, the update will enable support for High Efficiency Video Coding, also known as H.265, which Apple introduced with iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra. With H.265, users can create 4K and 8K videos at half the size of the H.264 codec, without degrading image quality.

This great update also means that people who shot 4K H.265 videos with their iPhone 7 or later will be able to import, playback and edit the footage in Final Cut Pro X timelines.

From above information, we can see that although FCP X 10.4 has included native editing support for HEVC/H.265 format. However, the source of HEVC/H.265 should from your Apple devices, in addition, you should also have updated your Mac OS to the new macOS High Sierra. The condition is that as long as you are running the following Mac models, you will be able to update your Mac OS to the new macOS High Sierra:
Late 2009 or Later: MacBook, iMac/iMac Pro
2010 or Later: MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac Mini, Mac Pro

But on the other hand, the H.265 source that you own in hand may not only come from your iPhone, but also from some professional cameras such as Samsung NX1/NX500, DJI Phantom 4 Pro, DJI Inspire 2, GoPro Hero 6, etc or other cameras. It's very likely that you will fail to load the H.265 format from those devices to Final Cut Pro X even you are running the new macOS High Sierra. When in that condition, you will need to take extra steps to convert H.265/HEVC to FCP X native compatible Apple ProRes format.

Transcode H.265 to Apple Prores for FCP X 10.4 Editing

To produce FCP X 10.4 most favorable Apple Prores editing format, you can download our best Prores Converter - Pavtube Video Converter for Mac. The program has perfect loading support for HD/4K H.265/HEVC video produced from various different sources including your iPhone 7/7 Plus/8/8 Plus/X and also Samsung NX1/NX500 camera, DJI Phantom 4 Pro/Inspire 2 camera, GoPro Hero 6 camera or other cameras. Thanks to its batch conversion mode, you can load multiple H.265 video into the application for conversion at one time to save your precious time.

As for the output file format, the program can assists you to beneficially produce Apple Prores in various different file types including Apple Prores 422, Apple Prores 422 HQ, Apple Prores 422 LT, Apple Prores 422 Proxy and Apple Prores 4444. Have no ideal which is the right versions of Prores format to pick for FCP X 10.4 editing, just follow the standards listed below:

If you 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. However, if your computer are powerful enough to handle multicam and high-resolution video and you are going to do many effects editing work with FCP X 10.4, you'd better choose to output "Apple Prores 422(*.mov)" or "Apple Prores 422(HQ)(*.mov)" for better performance.

Related article: Import H.265 to FCP X | Import Phantom 4 Pro 4K to FCP X | FCP X Supported Media Formats

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

How to Transcode H.265/HEVC for FCP X 10.4 Editing?

Step 1: Load H.265 video.

Download the free trial version of the program. Launch it on your computer. Click "File" menu and select "Add Video/Audio" or click the "Add Video" button on the top tool bar to import HD/4K H.265 video files shot with iPhone or cameras into the program.

Load H.265 video into the application

Step 2: Choose output file format.

From "Format" drop-down option, here you can choose Final Cut Pro X 10.4 best favorable Apple Prores editing codec.

If you try to edit H.265 video with Final Cut Pro X 10.4 on powerful Mac computer, 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 format

If you have a underpowered Mac 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: 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 H.265 video to FCP X 10.4 most favorable Apple Prores editing formats.

When the conversion is completed, launch FCP X 10.4 on your Mac computer to import converted video to FCP X 10.4 for smooth editing workflow.

My Profile