H.265 to FCP – Import H.265/HEVC videos to FCP X/7/6 for editing on Mac

“So I hear it’s (H.265) been approved, and I can predict everyone will be jumping on it to save bandwidth. Will our FCP 7 systems be able to deal with it, or will we need some transcoding app to convert it in and out?” –Mark Suszko

Finally, the rumored H.265/HEVC is out. Although it is still very new to the industry, it has got a promising prospect, and we are bound to witness more and more products and services roll-outs with H.265/HEVC-related technologies in the near future. However, right at the moment, handling this new codec is kind of tricky, and problem will appear when trying to import H.265 video to FCP X/7/6 for editing. Reason is obvious: H.265 is not a compatible codec for Final Cut Pro (FCP X, FCP 7/6). Moreover, even if FCP may support H.265 in the future via plugins, processing H.265 is much heavier on the CPU than a standard low efficiency codec. In fact, for playback and especially editing you will need a quad core CPU, otherwise it will be much slower than handling Apple ProRes.

In light of this, to edit H.265 video in FCP, the best way is to convert H.265 to FCP natively supported format ProRes codec MOV. For this, it is essential to use a professional conversion program — UFUWare Video Converter for Mac. This is powerful software on the market, it has the ability to convert any HD videos (H.265/HEVC included) to FCP supported ProRes codec, besides it has many optimized formats for editing programs and playable devices, such as AIC for iMovie/Final Cut Express, DNxHD for Avid Media Composer/Davinci Resolve, MPEG-2 for Adobe Premiere Pro CC/CS, playable formats for Android tablets, Android smartphones, Windows smartphones, iPhone, iPad, etc. it will meet all your needs. If you are Windows user, you can try UFUWare Video Converter.

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How to convert H.265/HEVC video to ProRes codec MOV for FCP X/7/6?

Step 1. Add Source H.265 Videos into the App

Install and run UFUWare Video Converter for Mac as the best H.265 to FCP Converter on Mac. Drag and drop H.265/HEVC videos to this software. Or you can click “Add File” button to import your H.265/HEVC videos to the converter.

H.265 to FCP Converter

Step 2. Set Output Format for FCP

Click “Profile” bar to get the drop-down menu, and choose “Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” as output format. Apple ProRes is the best navtive codec for FCP.

Convert H.265/HEVC video to Apple ProRes MOV for FCP


1. Before editing H.265/HEVC recordings in FCP X/7/6, you can edit them in the built-in editor of this H.265 to FCP Converter. Click “Edit” button or the pencil icon to come to the editing interface where you’re allowed to trim (get the video clip you want to keep), crop (cut off black edges or unwanted areas), add watermarks (text, image, and video are all available), adding special effects, inserting subtitles, etc.

2. If necessary, you can click “Setting” button to customize video and audio parameters like bit rate,frame rate,resolution,sample rate,and audio channels according to your needs and optimize the output file quality.

Step 3. Star the H.265 to FCP conversion

Click the “Convert” button to convert H.265/HEVC video to ProRes MOV for FCP X/7/6 on Mac with original video and audio quality.

After the H.265/HEVC to ProRes Conversion, you can transfer and edit the H.265/HEVC videos in Final Cut Pro X/7/6 smoothly on Mac OS X (High Sierra, Sierra and El Capitan, etc) without issues.

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