Wednesday, June 24, 2015

SJ4000 and FCP - Prep SJCAM SJ4000 h.264 MOV Footage For Editing In Final Cut Pro 7, FCP X

With this guide, you can smoothly import and edit SJCAM SJ4000 h.264 .mov footage in Final Cut Pro X/7/6 by converting SJ400 FULL HD footages to ProRes MOV.

At first glance, the SJCAM SJ4000 Action camera resembles the look and feel similar to a GoPro camera. Many available action cameras on the market have taken a cue in design and form from GoPro cameras and this camera is no different.

The body design of the SJ4000 is comparable to the popular rectangle box shape with its physical dimensions being about 30x59x41 mm, or about 1x2x1.6 in. It is a CMOS camera that has a field of view of 170° and can record .MOV H.264 video at 1920x1080P(30fps), 1280x720P(60fps), 848×640(60fps),and 648×480 (60fps). I’m really liking that it can record to 1080P. I have some action cameras that can only record to 720, so having the higher recording resolution is definitely a big plus.

With the wonderful SJCAM SJ4000, you may have got a batch of videos in hand, and what you desire to do next is to edit the raw footages from SJCAM SJ400 action videos with Final Cut Pro. The H.264 codec MOV files incompatible with FCP hold you back though.

We all know that Final Cut Pro can natively deal with MOV files, but the MOV is compressed with Apple ProRes(all versions), H.264 codec is not friendly to FCP, so FCP cannot open the SJCAM SJ4000 MOV files. To edit SJCAM SJ4000 MOV in iMovie, we have to convert H.264 MOV to Apple ProRes MOV first.

The program Brorsoft Video Converter for Macwill get you out of trouble, it is good at encoding camera shootings in different formats (H.264 MOV, MTS/M2TS, MXF, etc.) to video editing software compatible file types, i.e. ProRes for FCP, AIC for iMoive, and DNxHD for Avid Media Composer, making the experience of importing and editing SJCAM Action CameraVideo files within Final Cut Pro 7 as fast and seamless as possible. Just download it and follow the guide below to convert SJCAM SJ4000 H.264 MOV files to Apple ProRes for Final Cut Pro 7 or FCP X further editing.

Solution to Solve FCP Won't Import SJCAM SJ4000 H.264 MOV Problem
Step 1: Free Download and run the best Mac SJCAM SJ4000 MOV video converter for FCP (X) and drag your SJ4000 mov files to the software.

Step 2: Click format bar to choose “Apple ProRes” codec for DSLR .mov. You are provided with five Apple ProRes options listed as below. You can choose a proper one that fit your needs best according to the main difference of the five ProRes codecs. You’re recommended to choose “Final Cut Pro -> Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)”, it’s best for FCP editing.

Step 3: Click convert button in the main interface to start transcoding SJ4000 H.264 MOV to FCP Apple ProRes.

Some more helpful features of the app:

1. Settings- click to set video resolution(1920×1080/1440×1080/1280×720/720×480), bitrate(from 1Mbps to 20Mbps), frame rate (24p/30p)

2. Editor (next to “Add” icon)- click to set deinterlace, denoise, mute, volume up, trim, crop, etc.

After converting the SJ4000 MOV video to ProRes format, you can easily Log and Transfer or import/edit SJCAM SJ4000 h.264 mov files in Final Cut Pro 7 or FCP X smoothly on Mac.

Tips: Before you try to do the conversion, if you are also a FCP X user, please make sure that you have installed the Apple ProRes Codec manually since the FCP X asks users to install it by themselves.

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