You will find it a painful experience to import and edit H.265 in FCP X. There’re some frequently asked questions quoted as below.
Q1: “Does anyone have a recommendation of the best program to convert H.265 for editing in FCP X?”
Q2: “Has Apple issued a new update support for H.265 for Final Cut Pro X?”
Recently on the forums there are many users have encountered the HEVC/H.265 to FCP X importing and editing issues, most of them can’t load recorded HEVC/H.265 videos to Final Cut Pro X. In fact, FCP or other editing systems currently have no full support for the new H.265 codec.
From FCP official product page you will know that the native supported format of FCP is Apple ProRes codec MOV format, the other formats will not be natively supported by FCP, in this case, the best way to import H.265 files to FCP for editing is to convert HEVC/H.265 to FCP Apple ProRes codec, and then you can edit the videos with FCP smoothly. Thus here we should learn about Final Cut Pro Supported Video Formats.
To realize this goal, you can get help from the best H.265 to Apple ProRes converter: Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac. Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac is an all-in-one program integrating conversion and editing. It can convert 1080p/720p MKV, MOV, MXF, MTS, M2TS, M2T, TS, M4V, MP4, AVI, MPG, VOB, WMV, 3GP, FLV videos to any video format for multiple purposes (e.g. free playback, editing, uploading, burning). HD footages generated by Sony, Canon, Nikon, Panasonic, and JVC can also be handled easily by Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac.
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Then, follow the steps to Transcode H.265 video to ProRes MOV for FCP.
Step 1: Download and install the corresponding version and open it. Click “Add video” to load H.265 files to the program.
Step 2: Choose output format, to edit videos on Final Cut Pro X native codec, you are recommended to choose Final Cut Pro -> Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov), it’s best for Final Cut Pro X editing. Read the difference of ProRes
Step 3: You can check “Settings” to adjust Bitrates (kbps) and Size (pix). Choosing a little lower Bitrates and Size will help you to get a smaller target file, but it also leads to a lower video quality in saved file. Don't forget the balance between video quality and size.
Step 4: Click the “Convert” button to start converting H.265 to Apple ProRes 422. After that, click the “Open” button to locate the output files and transfer the files to FCP X as usual.
Finally, you can edit H.265 video in Final Cut Pro X without any problems.