November 6th, 2015 by Smile Harney
"I had another cameraman filming on an EX3. When I went to pick-up the footage they had PC set-up, I had mac hard-drive.Time was very short, so they put the data on DVD's. I told them I needed the whole directory structure or it would not work. They didn't understand. It was in Spain. ANYWAY - I'm left with a few MP4 files that will not work in XCDAM transfer obviously, do not work in Compressor, Final Cut, or Magic Bullet Grinder! Very annoying. How can I convert these mp4's to Pro Res?? There must be a way (hopes)."
Many videos recorded with camcorders or mobile phones are in the MP4 formats. Sometimes you may wish to edit them with iMovie, iDVD, Final Cut Pro, and Final Cut Express etc. if so, you will need to convert these MP4 videos to Apple ProRes, MOV, M4V, and MP4 with certain codec.
In this article, we will take converting MP4 to Apple ProRes for example to illustrate how to convert any video to ProRes so as to import to Final Cut Pro for further edition.:
iDealshare VideoGo is the best MP4 to Apple ProRes converter, which can easily convert various MP4 files to Apple ProRes 4444, Apple ProRes 422 (HQ), Apple ProRes 422, Apple ProRes 422 (LT), and Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy), thus edit MP4 files in Final Cut Pro X/7/6. If the original MP4 video is in high resolution like 1080P, 720p or above, we suggest convert MP4 to Apple ProRes 4444 or Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) or Apple ProRes 422. If the MP4 files are in lower quality or you do not care much about the video quality, you can convert MP4 to Apple ProRes 422 (LT) or and Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy).
Please follow the step-by-step guide to convert MP4 to Apple ProRes with the professional MP4 to ProRes converter.
Click "Add File" button to load MP4 files or drag and drop them to the best MP4 to Apple ProRes converter. Batch conversion is available if you wish to convert multiple MP4 files simultaneously.
Click the "Profile" drop-down list to select Apple ProRes as output video format from the "HD Video" category.
Before converting MP4 to ProRes, you can do some basic editing to output customized Apple ProRes file:
Click Setting button to open the "Advanced setting" windows, you can define video bitrate, volume, change from mono to stereo, etc.
Click the "Convert" button to start and finish converting MTS to Apple ProRes 422 or 4444.
The Apple ProRes format can be divided into five types: Apple ProRes 4444, Apple ProRes 422 (HQ), Apple ProRes 422, Apple ProRes 422 (LT), and Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy).
The Apple ProRes 4444 codec has the best quality for 4:4:4 sources and for workflows involving alpha channels. Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) provides higher quality than Apple ProRes 422. Apple ProRes 422 (LT) carries roughly 70 percent of the data rate of Apple ProRes 422, thus offers lower quality than Apple ProRes 422. Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy) provides the lowest quality among the five versions. It offers only around 30 percent of the data rate of Apple ProRes 422.