Import Gear 360 H.265 MP4 videos in Final Cut Pro X/7

Run into trouble to load 4K H.265 MP4 files from Gear 360 to FCP 7/X, the following part will show you how to achieve the best editing workflow of Samsung Gear 360 with FCP 7/X.

Q: Can’t edit video produced by Samsung Gear 360 (2017)
“I am trying to edit a video which I recorded on my new Samsung Gear 360 (2017) camera. I used Samsung’s Gear 360 program to stitch the raw images into a final mp4 video which I am able to play using Quicktime. I tried to import this video directly into Final Cut Pro X (I was able to edit the mp4 video produced by my previous Kodak Sp360 4K camera this way) but the video appears as a black screen and Final Cut Pro X crashes when I try to play the video. I then tried to convert the video using Compressor to ProRes 422. Compressor is able to visualise the video and will start doing the conversion however it is incredibly slow. I started the conversion of a 5 GByte file yesterday evening on my Mac Pro and this morning after running for 8 hours it had made virtually no progress. At this rate it would take a week to convert a single file.

Is there another way to convert this video so it can be edited in Final Cut Pro X or will I need to invest in Adobe Premiere or some other editing software?”

In dual-lens mode, the Gear 360 can record video at a resolution advertised as 4K in 24 frames per second (fps), 2K (QHD) at 30fps and above 1080p in 60fps.

Video Format: H.265 MP4

Does Final Cut Pro X have H.265 codec support? No! Currently, Apple has no plan to add support for H.265 codec. To edit H.265 MP4 videos from Gear 360 with Final Cut Pro X/7/6, you’ll need to convert H.265 to a more editing-friendly format, such a Final Cut Pro’s ProRes. Here is how to do it.

To transcode H.265 to FCP ProRes easily and quickly, Brorsoft iMedia Converter for Mac, an easy-to-use yet professional H.265 encoder and decoder is highly recommended. This program features high efficiency and seamless conversion. With it, you can effortlessly convert H.265 video to ProRes encoded MOV files – ensuring maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with FCP X, FCP 7 and FCP 6. In additon, the program can also help you transcode H.265 files to Apple Intermediate Codec, DNxHD, MPEG-2, AVI, WMV, FLV, etc. for smoothly editing or playback with iMovie, Avid, Adobe Premiere, etc. Below is the detailed guide on transcoding Gear 360 H.265 MP4 to ProRes for Final Cut Pro.

Best Editing Workflow of Gear 360 4K H.265 MP4 with Final Cut Pro 7/X

Step 1: Load H.265 files into the program.

You can directly drag and drop 4K H.265 files into the program or click “File” > “Add Video/Audio” or “Add from Folder” to load source H.265 files into the program.

Step 2: Choose Apple Prores as the output format.

Click the format bar, and move mouse cursor to “Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” as output format.

Step 3: Compress 4K to 1080p.

Click “Settings” on the main interface to open “Profile Settings” window, under video section, click “Size(pix)”, from its drop-down list, choose 1920*1080 or 1080*720 to compress 4K to 1080p.

Step 4: Start the conversion process.

Click Convert button to start transcoding Gear 360 H.265 MP4 to ProRes for Final Cut Pro on Mac OS X.

Once the conversion completes, you can click “Open” to find the .MOV videos which can be directly imported to FCP 6/7/X. You’ve done.

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