Flip cameras are compact consumer camcorder that are quite popular for their size and ease of use (plug directly into a computer via built-in USB drive), such as Flip UltraHD, Flip MinoHD, Flip SideHD and more. The Flip video cameras record video directly to H.264 format which doesn't edit well in Final Cut Pro.
Therefore, if you want to import video shot on Flip video cameras to FCP for editing, it is necessary to reencode and transcode Flip H.264 footage to a format that works better with Final Cut Pro. The Apple ProRes format is recommended here, which is a post-production format designed for pristine quality, economical hardware configurations, and high-performance, multistream Final Cut Pro real-time editing – for film, digital cinema, high definition (HD), and standard definition (SD) workflows. You can use Foxreal Flip video to FCP Converter to help you fast transcode Flip camera footage H.264 to Apple ProRes various formats for Final Cut Pro, including ProRes 4444, ProRes 422 (HQ), ProRes 422, ProRes 422 (LT), ProRes 422 (Proxy), Apple Intermediate Codec (AIC), etc.
Part 1: Convert Flip video to ProRes format for Final Cut Pro
Free download Foxreal Video Converter for Mac as the perfect Flip Video to Final Cut Pro Converter at first. Install and launch it. Follow the below to convert Flip H.264 footage to ProRes with three clicks.
Step 1: Add your Flip video files into the H.264 to ProRes converting program.
Step 2: Choose Final Cut Pro compatible format.
Click on "Format" and select "Final Cut Pro", you could see a optimized profile list with various Apple ProRes formats for FCP you can select. And just select ProRes 422 (*.mov) as an example here.
***If you want to convert Flip H.264 video to a ProRes format with a nice balance between image quality and file size, you'd better choose the Apple ProRes 422 (LT) (*.mov) format.
***If you are editing Flip video offline with Final Cut Server, the Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy) is recommended here.
***If you hope to retain the maximum possible quality of your Flip camera footage, the Apple ProRes 4444 (*.mov) is the ideal format.
Step 3: Start transcoding Flip H.264 video to Final Cut Pro ProRes format by clicking on the "Convert" icon. Only for a while, you could get the converted Flip video files from the Foxreal Flip video converter for Final Cut Pro's default output folder.
Step 2: Choose "Import < Files" at the top of the interface under the File command section.
Step 3: Select one converted/transcoded file from the Choose a File window and press "Choose" button to choose this file you want to import into FCP.
Step 4: Find the file in the resources list for the project.
Step 5: Drag the file into the Timeline and then save the project.
Then, you could edit your Flip camera footage on Final Cut Pro with ease.
That's all! The transcoding H.264 to ProRes for Final Cut Pro makes the experience of editing Flip video camera footage in FCP easier and faster.
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