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Import DJI Inspire 1/1 Pro 4K to FCP 7 Editing on macOS Sierra

For people who have recorded 4K video with DJI Inspire 1 or 1 Pro, when you try to load the 4K footage into FCP 7, you're likely to encounter the following issues below:

When I import video into Final Cut Pro 7 from the Inspire 1 and play it back, the video is slow and choppy. The video is in .MOV format. Should I convert to another format for use with Final Cut?

Can FCP 7 work with 4K resolution?

From Apple's official website, we get the information that only Final Cut Pro X 10.1 and later version has the capability to handle 4K resolution video. For FCP X or FCP 6/7 users, you are recommended to compress 4K to 1080p for smooth rendering and editing process with FCP 7.

DJI Inspire 1

Best editing codec for FCP 7

As for loading DJI Inspire 1/1 Pro MOV to FCP 7, the process is still not that satisfactory. The main reason is that the MOV format recorded by DJI Inspire 1/1 Pro is compressed with the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 codec, which is not an idea editing format for FCP 7. It has so many limitations when you try to edit natively with FCP 7.
1. H.264 is mathematically intense. It takes some serious computer horsepower to decode its compression.
2. Because it is so mathematically challenging, it takes longer to render H.264 files than other formats.
3. H.264 is an 8-bit format, which means that you are potentially compromising your effects and especially color correction and compositing with gradients.
4. H.264 does not integrate easily with other video formats.

To fix all those issues, it is ideal for you to rewrap H.264 codec to FCP 7 natively compatible Apple Prores codec - which is designed for high quality, high performance and multistream Final Cut Pro real-time editing.

Transcode DJI Inspire 1/1 Pro H.264 to FCP Prores codec

To get the best Prores editing codec for FCP 7, there is a simple but professional solution called Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac (best HD Video Converter for Mac review), which can easily convert DJI Inspire 1/1 Pro to FCP 7 best favorable Apple Prores codec in various different file types. You can choose the proper Prores format by the following standards:
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, you'd better choose to output "Apple Prores 422(*.mov)" or "Apple Prores 422(HQ)(*.mov)" for better performance.


Besides loading DJI Inspire 1/1 Pro to FCP 7, you can also use this program to convert DJI Inspire 1/1 Pro 4K to compatible file formats for editing with iMovie/FCE, Davinci Resolve, Avid Media Composer, Premiere Pro CC, playing on smartphone, tablet, TV or uploading and sharing on YouTube, Facebook and Vimeo.

1. When converting video to Final Cut Pro oriented format templates(e.g. Apple Prores), please ensure that your computer has Final Cut Pro installed, otherwise the converted files will have audio only without image.
2. If you are using FCP X, please make sure you have installed ProApps QuickTime Codecs, or you may get files with sound only without video.

Step by step guide to Import DJI Inspire 1/1 Pro 4K to FCP 7 For Editing

Step 1: Transfer DJI Inspire 1/1 Pro 4K video to Mac computer.

The DJI Inspire 1/1 Pro 4K records footage on an SD card, you can remove the SD card from the camera, insert the SD card to a card reader, then plug in the card reader into your Mac computer SD card Port for transferring the video footage to your Mac local hard drive.

Step 2: Load DJI Inspire 1/1 Pro 4K videos.

From "File"drop-down option, select "add Video/Audio"to add source DJI Inspire 1/1 Pro 4K video files to the program.

Step 3: Select output file format.

Click "Format"bar, from its drop-down list, select your desired Prores format such as "Final Cut Pro" > "Apple Prores 422(*.mov)", you can also choose other prores formats on your own needs.

Go to "Settings" button to open "Profile Settings" window, where you can compress DJI Inspire 1/1 Pro 4K to 1080p by clicking "Size(pix)" drop-down list and select "1920*1080".

Step 3: Convert DJI Inspire 1/1 Pro 4K to Apple Prores format.

Go back to the main interface and press the "Convert" icon on the right-bottom to start DJI Inspire 1/1 Pro 4K video to Final Cut Pro Apple Prores conversion process.

When the conversion is done, feel free to import converted video to FCP X for furthering professional editing.

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