Downscale Blackmagic HD 4K Prores to 1080p Proxy Prores for FCP X Editing

Diana Joan

Aug 13, 2015 07:56 am / Posted by Diana Joan

Blackmagic Design camera customers have always been able to record in both CinemaDNG RAW or compressed ProRes 422 HQ formats. However, now an available Camera 1.8.2 software update has added three additional Apple Prores files formats: Prores 422, Prores 422 LT and Prores 422 Proxy to Blackmagic Cinema Camera, Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera and Blackmagic Production Camra 4K. This means that customers now will be able to capture much smaller video file size with much longer recording time on the same card while preserving full frame 10-bit 4:2:2 quality.

Blackmagic Prores 4k

The updated Final Cut Pro X now has native support for 4K Prores importing and editing. However, sometimes, for Blackmagic Design camera users who have captured a 4K video footage in Prores 422 HQ formats, you may wish to compress 4K video to 1080p so that more space on your Mac hard drive can be saved. To keep a balance between file size and video quality, it is ideal for you to downscale 4K HD Prores to Prores Proxy format for FCP X editing.

To Transcode Blackmagic 4K HD Prores to 1080p Proxy Prores, you can utilize Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac, which not only imports 4K Prores with no difficulty, but also enables you to downscale Blackmagic 4K Prores to 1080p Proxy Prores format that has specially optimized by Final Cut Pro X.

How to Transcode Blackmagic HD 4K Prores to 1080p Prores for FCP Editing?

Step 1: Import sources files.

Start and run the program on your Mac computer, import your Blackmagic HD 4K Prores files by clicking the "File" > "Add Video/Audio".

Add source 4k files

Step 2´╝ÜChoose Apple Prores 422 Proxy format to output.

From the "Format" bar drop-down panel, select "Final Cut Pro" > "Apple Prores 422 Proxy (*.mov) to output editing 1080p video in FCP X.

Step 3: Carry out the conversion from HD 4K Prores to 1080p Prores.

Go to the "Convert" on the main UI and hit it to start converting Blackmagic HD 4K Pores to 1080p Prores 422 Proxy format.

Step 4. Import the converted 1080p Prores to FCP X

After conversion, run FCP X on Mac and click "File" > "Import" > "Files..." to find the output folder where you save the converted 1080p Prores Proxy files. Choose the video and click "Import" to ingest it to FCP X for smooth editing.


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