This article focus on the problems of importing Panasonic AG-CX10 H.265 videos into FCP X and provides an easy way to fix the H.265 and FCP X incompatible issues.
The camera supports a variety of high-quality recording options using the Venus engine, including 4:2:2 10-bit internal recording with a maximum 29.97p in UHD, and a maximum 59.94p in FHD. When recording in 10-bit, the camcorder delivers 4K 60p 4:2:2 10-bit HDMI output. It also supports HEVC recording at 59.94p with a bit rate of 200 Mb/s. In addition to MOV, MP4, and AVCHD, the AG-CX10 also supports P2 MXF for broadcast stations, with AVC-LongG support, plus AVC-Intra100/50 support planned via a future firmware update. Dual SD card slots support relay recording for virtually limitless record times.
H.265 will surely become the mainstream video codec soon. Nowadays H.265 is widely used to shoot 4K recordings by many professional cameras such as Panasonic AG-CX10, Panasonic HC-X2000, Panasonic HC-X1500, Panasonic AJ-CX4000, Canon XF705, BlackMagic Ursa, etc. Have some H.265 footage and want to edit them in FCP X but only found can’t work with H.265 file in Final Cut Pro X:
“I know that Final Cut Pro X is H.265/HEVC compatible, but apparently not with Panasonic AG-CX10. It won’t import. Any work arounds?”
“I decided to give a trial a shot of FCP X, I have never used it before (coming from sony vegas). But it won’t import any of my 4K H.265 files that were recorded from my Panasonic AG-CX10. These are the 4K files from the camcorder, have not been transcoded or touched. When I try to import them it says “unsuported format or damaged file”. I can import H.264 recorded footage from the same camcorder without issue. Any ideas?”
It is officially stated that H.265 is supported by Apple Final Cut Pro X 10.4. Why so many people are encounter problems when working with H.265 files in FCP X? Read on to find the reasons and the solutions.
Reasons and Solutions for Panasonic AG-CX10 footage Doesn’t work with FCP X
FCP X supports H.265 files but the Panasonic AG-CX10 H.265 files are not recognized by any of the Apple apps such as FCP X (10.0.0-10.3). Get the latest version of FCP X 10.4.8.
When you first try to import Panasonic AG-CX10 video to FCP X, you need to install the HEVC codec, and by clicking “Ok”, it will do it automatically and then import the video just fine.
Ultimate Solution – Convert Panasonic AG-CX10 footage to ProRes for FCP X
4K H.265/HEVC MOV/MP4 is stuttery and slow to edit, even on a really solid studio-pc. Fortunately, there is an easy and quick solution to fix all the Panasonic AG-CX10 video and FCP X issues. All you have to do is transcode H.265 to a more editing-friendly format like Apple ProRes for Final Cut Pro X. Along with some help from a third-party program like Acrok Video Converter Ultimate for Mac, you can achieve your goal smoothly. This program features high efficiency and seamless conversion. With it, you can convert H.265 MP4, H.265 MOV, AVCHD, MXF to FCP X friendly movie format like Apple ProRes MOV (Note: it applies to all kinds of Final Cut Pro including FCP X, FCP 7, FCP 6) keeping the original quality.
Besides Final Cut Pro X, this software can also export various other professinal encoders – MPEG-2, Apple Intermediate Codec, H.264, DNxHD, DVCPRO, HDV – ensuring maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with Premiere Pro CC/Vegas Pro 17, iMovie, Avid Media Composer/DaVinci Resolve 16, Premiere Elements, After Effects CC and more. If you’re a Windows users, simply turn its alternative choice – Acrok Video Converter Ultimate.
Now download the program according to your computer OS and follow the step-by-step guide below to start encoding Panasonic AG-CX10 recordings for FCP X.
Step 1. Import 4K videos
Install Acrok Video Converter Ultimate for Mac and run it. Drag the Panasonic AG-CX10 videos to the 4K H.265 Video Converter. Or you can also click “Add file” button on the top of the main interface to import video to the program. (Note: batch conversion is supported, so you can load more than one file to save time.)
Step 2. Selec output format
The program has three already optimized the video settings for FCP X. You can select Apple ProRes 422 MOV or Apple ProRes 4444 MOV from “Final Cut Pro” as the output format.
If you are Adobe Premiere Pro CC user, ere we recommend you choose MPEG-2. The output videos will keep the original quality of the H.265 video and seamlessly fit Adobe Premiere Pro CC, CS6, CS5.5, CS5, CS4, etc.
Step 3. Set Advance Settings (Optional)
The default setting works well. Of course, if you want to customize video and audio encoding settings, just click the “Settings” button to customize these settings. You can adjust the output video/audio resolution, frame rate, bit rate, etc. to customize the output files to get the best quality you want.
Step 4. Start converting Panasonic AG-CX10 files
Click the big “Convert” button in the main UI to begin the Panasonic AG-CX10 MP4/MOV/MTS/MXF to ProRes MOV conversion. You can see your converted videos by clicking “Open” button. Then you are able to import and edit Panasonic AG-CX10 footage in FCP X without any problem. Enjoy!