How to take on a 4k video workflow in Final Cut Pro

4K video is the latest resolution standard which is designed for the computer graphics and digital cinema. The format is named as 4K because it features approximately 4000 pixels horizontal resolution and this offers four times more image definitaion as compared to the 1080p resolution. Other advantages of the format include more detailed images, large projection surface, higher image definition quality and others. If you also wish to edit your 4K video in Final Cut Pro then there are some tips and tricks to do the same. Below given is more information on the same.

Part 1: how to Take on a 4k video workflow in Final Cut Pro

In order to import and edit your 4K Video in Final Cut Pro, it is always advisable to first downscale the video to 1080 ProRes format through a video converted. Below given are the steps to take on a 4K video workflow in Final Cut Pro.

Step 1: Convert your file:

First of all you need to install a good 4K video converter on your Mac system and then load the media file/files to the software that you wish to edit. Convert your 4K file to Apple ProRes format.

How to take on a 4k video workflow in Final Cut Pro

Step 2: Load the file:

Once the files are converted, load it to your Final Cut Pro software . You can load the files by either dragging and dropping them to the program timeline or can go the Menu Bar, click on “Edit” and then go for “load media files” option.

How to take on a 4k video workflow in Final Cut Pro

Step 3: Customization:

Once the files are loaded on Final Cut pro software you need to do some enhancements. Go to the “Settings” option and make the changes in the key parameters.

Step 4: Actual editing of the video:

Now it is time for actual editing of the video- trimming, cropping, conversion or anything else. Edit the video as per your requirements using various features and functions of the software.

How to take on a 4k video workflow in Final Cut Pro

Step 5: Saving:

Once you have completes the editing process, it is now time to save the new version. Click on the “Save” button in order to save the changes permanently.

Part 2: Some essential things that you need to know.

  1. Know the compatibility of your hardware and software
  2. 4K videos are getting more and more popular these days due to its high quality video but if you wish to edit these videos through your Final Cut pro software then you first need to ensure the compatibility of your hardware as well as software. First of all you need to know whether your Final Cut Pro version supports the 4K format or not. Though the latest versions of the software support the format, but it is always advisable to check before you upload or edit the video. Along with software, your hardware requirements also play a major role when it comes to 4K videos. If your system does not support the 4K videos, there is no point even if you have the latest software version.

  3. Downscale 4K format:
  4. Though the latest version of final cut pro software supports 4K videos, but importing and editing these videos will be a painful experience. Majority of videos are finished in 1080p and thus it is always advisable to downscale your 4K video so that they can be easily edited in the software. Your 4K footage can be easily converted using a good video converter.

  5. Format to convert your 4K video:
  6. Final cut pro software works best with the Apple ProRes codecs and thus for editing your 4K video in final cut pro, convert it to 1080p ProRes or other similar format which is compatible with the software. Other popular formats to which your 4K videos can be converted include MPEG-2, F4V, MOV, HD AVI and MPG. Beside these there are many other formats that is supported by the software and you can select the one depending upon your requirements. Thus before editing any 4K video, make sure to check the system and software compatibility, downscale its format through a converter and then finally load it to final cut pro softwar for making needed changes. An edited version of your 4K video is ready.

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