How to Edit Canon 5D Mark IV 4K/Full HD MP4/MOV in Final Cut Pro

The following article mainly talks about the way to import 4K Motion JPEG MOV, MP4 files from Canon 5D Mark IV to FCP X.

The 5D Mark IV records 4K movie files as Motion JPEGs – the same 4K compression method in Canon’s EOS-1D X Mark II and EOS-1D C DSLRs. This codec produces a separate JPEG image for each frame of video. It’s a high quality file that’s recorded at approximately 500 Megabits per second. The 4K movie area is 4096×2160, and this is recorded off the centre of the full image sensor.

Full HD 1080p video is still an important recording medium for many filmmakers. The 5D Mark IV Shoots MPEG 4 AVC/H.264 FHD (1920×1080) video at 24p, but it adds ‘true’ 25p and 50p. Now you can shoot in either MP4 – another first for the 5D-series — or .MOV formats. ALL-I, IPB, and IPB Light compression methods are available. For anyone wanting a good slow motion frame rate, it has a High Frame Rate HD 720p movie shooting mode at 100fps (PAL) or 120p (NTSC).

If you have tried to impoart videos from 5D Mark IV to FCP X, you must have found that 5D Mark IV 4K files and MOV videos can’t be edited smoothly by FCP X, what’s the reason? It is because 5D Mark IV recorded videos are not in FCP X native supported format. From FCP X product page you will know that only Apple ProRes 422 codec MOV format is native supported by FCP X, if your videos are in other formats, then these videos will not be well supported by final cut.

In this case, the best workflow to edit Canon 5D Mark IV files with Final Cut Pro X is to convert videos from 5D Mark IV to FCP X Apple ProRes 422 codec MOV format, this method will help you solve 5D Mark IV to FCP X importing and editing issue, and you can edit 5D Mark IV files with FCP X with native supported Apple ProRes codec. What you need is a Canon Video Converter application.

Brorsoft iMedia Converter for Mac- is the ideal Canon 4K file converter for you, which can take your high quality Canon 5D Mark IV 4K files and convert them into a supported format like Apple ProRes MOV for editing in Final Cut Pro any version. Besides FCP, this software can also export professional encoders like MPEG-2 for Adobe Premier Pro and more. This 4K video converter is also available to customize the output resolutions to any size like 1080p, 2K, 4K as the users want. For Windows users, Brorsoft Video Converter Ultimate is the alternative choice. Just download it and follow the tutorial below to get the work done.

(Note: Click here for OS X 10.5)

Transcoding Canon EOS 5D Mark IV MOV/MP4 to ProRes 422 for Final Cut Pro(X)

STEP 1. Launch the Mac video converter; click "Add" button from main menu to browse your computer hard drive and select the files you want to convert. Or you can easily drag-and-drop files into this application for converting.

STEP 2. Click "format" bar and choose "Final Cut Pro -> Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)" as Final Cut Pro X compatible codec for editing MP4 files in FCP smoothly. ProRes 422(HQ), Pro Res 422(LT), Pro Res 444, Pro Res 422(Proxy) are all the proper choice.

STEP 3. Tap "settings" to customize the output parameters- adjust the video size, bitrate, frame rate, audio sample rate, audio channel, etc to get a decent video for editing in Final Cut Pro.

STEP 4. Click the "Convert" button to start converting Canon 5D Mark IV 4k videos to ProRes for FCP 6/7/X right away. This conversion process will finish soon. Afterwards, click the Open button to locate the output files and import to FCP. Now you are ready to edit!

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