Edit GoPro 4K Video on a MacBook Pro Retina

Summary: When you have recorded 4K videos using your GoPro camera and found the videos can’t be edited properly on a MacBook Pro Retina, especially in FCP and Premiere, check out these workarounds and troubleshooting tips below.


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We know that GoPro Hero cameras can capture professional-quality videos, for example Hero3 White can capture 1080p 30fps video, Hero3+ Silver can capture gorgeous 1080p 60fps video, Hero4 can take time lapse videos with high data rates, Hero4 Black can shoot incredible high-resolution 4K 30fps and 2.7K 60fps video and the high frame rate 1080p 120fps video. 

“I just shot a short movie on a GoPro Hero 4 Black camera and now it’s time to edit. It’s all shot in 4K MP4 and I’ll be editing on a MacBook Pro Retina 2.4GHz i7 with 8GB of ram. I’ve been editing with FCP but I’m tired of all the rendering all the time. How about Premiere handle things compared to FCP? I’ve heard that it can edit and view everything without rendering. Is that true? So should I get Premiere or stick with FCP? Is there any way around the problem?” 

FCP is a powerful but complicated video editor on Mac. Since you’ve got FCP already, I’ll shed you lights about importing GoPro 4K video to FCP for further editing without rendering. Before importing and editing, you should check out the supported format of FCP. As long as you import video files that FCP best accepted, these files can be recognized and successfully imported. 

Some main files formats recommended for Final Cut Pro: 
Video Formats: Apple Animation codec, Apple Intermediate codec, Apple ProRes(all versions), AVC-intra, AVCHD (including AVCCAM, AVCHD Lite, and NXCAM), DV (including DVCAM, DVCPRO, and DVCPRO50), DVCPRO HD, H.264, HDV, iFrame, Motion JPEG(OpenDML only), MPEG IMX(D-10), REDCODE RAW (R3D), Uncompressed 10-bit 4:2:2, Uncompressed 8-bit 4:2:2, XAVC, XDCAM HD/EX/HD422, QuickTime formats. 

Audio Formats: AAC, AIFF, BWF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV 

Container Format: 3GP, AVI, MP4, MXF, QuickTime 

Still-image Formats: BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, PSD, RAW, TGA, TIFF 

In other words, only do we convert GoPro 4K video to FCP friendly format mentioned above, such as Apple ProRes, we can solve your rendering issues. So we could depend on Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac (review) to rewrap GoPro 4K video to ProRes with fast conversion speed and high quality preserved. The one used here can meet your demands with its simple interface but rich functions. 


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How to edit GoPro 4K video in FCP on a MacBook Pro Retina? 

Step 1: Download and have a quick installation. The trial version will have a watermark on your converted files. Except for that, there are no time limitation, no virus, and no unnecessary bundle apps while downloading. After that, click “Add Video” button to load your original files. You can load several files at once thanks to “Add from folder” button. 


Step 2: Click the “Format” bar to get the drop-down menu and you can get “Final Cut Pro”. Choose “Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” as output format. 


Step 3: Click “Settings” button to customize the output video and audio settings by yourself. But if you are not good at it, you’d better use the default parameters, they will ensure you a good balance between file size and image quality basically. You can change the resolution, bit rate, frame rate as you need. 

Step 4: Click “Convert” button on the bottom of the screen to start GoPro 4K video to ProRes 422 MOV conversion process. The amount of time it takes will vary based on your system’s hardware and the quality settings you selected. 

 When the conversion is done, you can click “Open” button to get the generated video files. Now, you can edit GoPro 4K video in FCP on a MacBook Pro Retina freely. 
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