The easy way to edit Pentax K-1 H.264 MOV files in FCP X and Premiere Pro on Mac

The Pentax K-1 is Ricoh’s first full-frame DSLR. In addition to standard stills capture, the K-1 is capable of Full HD video at up to 30p or 60i using H.264 compression. This enables photographers to add high-resolution motion capture to their arsenal without needing to carry another camera. Also, when shooting in HD 720p, users can shoot at up to 60p. Overall we are expecting the image to be most exciting from the K-1. However, if you want to import the H.264 MOV files from Pentax K-1 to FCP X/Premiere to edit the movies, you may find the high quality MOV files are not recognized by FCP X or Premiere Pro. So what’s the available workaround for Pentax K-1 and FCP X/Premiere?

Pentax K-1 DSLR camera record footage with H.264/MPEG-4 codec and save the files in MOV container format. This is an ideal file type for video capture in an SLR camera, delivering relatively compact file sizes with image quality noticeably superior to alternate video compressions (such as Motion JPEG). However, the H.264 compression format is not ideal format for editing with NLE.

To import Pentax K-1 MOV video to FCP X/Premiere for smooth editing, the easy and quick workaround is to transcode the H.264 MOV to ProRes MOV or MPEG-2 MPG. Along with some help from third-party program like aPubsoft HD Video Converter for Mac, you can easily acheive your goal editing Pentax K-1 H.264 MOV files in FCP X or Premiere Pro without any problem. This Video Converter for Mac enables you to transcode video files to editable format for Pinnacle Studio, Adobe Premiere Pro, Sony Vegas Pro, Cyberlink PowerDirector, Avid Studio, Magix Movie Edit Pro and more other NLE. Download this software and enjoy your funny videos on the go now!

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Transcode Pentax K-1 H.264 MOV to FCP X ProRes MOV, Premiere MPEG-2 MPG

Step 1. Import Pentax K-1 H.264 MOV files

Run the Pentax K-1 to FCP/Premiere Converter; click the “Add File” button to load Pentax K-1 H.264 MOV footage to the program from your Mac computer. You can also directly drag the video files into the program directly.

Pentax K-1 to FCP/Premiere Converter

Step 2. Select the output format for FCP X and Premiere Pro

a. To edit Pentax K-1 H.264 MOV videos in FCP X natively, navigate the mouse cursor to choose “Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” as output format. The Apple ProRes is the native codec for FCP X editing.

Convert Pentax K-1 H.264 MOV video to ProRes MOV for FCP X

b. To edit Pentax K-1 H.264 MOV videos in Premiere natively, move your pointer to choose “Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas > MPEG-2 (*.mpg)” as the output format.

Convert Pentax K-1 H.264 MOV video to MPEG-2 MPG for Premiere Pro

Tips:

1. You can join multiple video clips together by selecting all clips and checking the “Merge into one” box .

2. If you like, adjust video and audio parameters, including the Bitrate of Video and Audio, the Codec of Video and Audio, Video Size, Sample Rate, Frame Rate, Audio Channels, etc., by clicking the Settings button on the main interface for getting the best quality.

Step 3. Start the Pentax K-1 H.264 MOV to ProRes/MPEG-2 conversion

Click on the “Convert” button to convert Pentax K-1 H.264 MOV to ProRes MOV for FCP X, MPEG-2 MPG for Premiere Pro on Mac with high video and audio quality.

After the Pentax K-1 H.264 MOV to ProRes/MPEG-2 conversion finished, you can click the “Open Folder” button to get the generated ProRes .mov or MPEG-2 .mpg files. And then you can import the converted Pentax K-1 H.264 MOV files to Final Cut Pro X/7/6 or Adobe Premiere Pro CC/CS for native editing on Mac OS(Sierra, El Capitan, etc).