Import and edit Canon XA45 4K videos in FCP X and Premiere Pro CC

Premiere Pro CC or Final Cut Pro X is not the friendly application when it comes to editing Canon XA45 4K MP4 videos. So if you want to import Canon XA45 4K videos to Premiere Pro CC and FCP X, you have to ask for a third-party tool.

Import 4K MP4 from Canon XA45 to Premiere Pro CC and FCP X for smoothly editing

The XA45 features a 1/2.3″ CMOS sensor, two XLR audio inputs, one mini-HDMI output, as well as an additional BNC 3G-SDI output.It also features a 20x HD optical zoom and supports 4k UHD recording for crisp and detailed footage even when zoomed in. Get quality footage and produce videos on the go without the bulk from additional equipment with the Canon XA45. Slow and Fast Motion Modes allow the XA45 Professional Camcorder to record a different frame rate than the playback frame rate for a fast or slow motion effect during playback. If you recorded some 4K MPEG-4 videos by Canon XA45, you may like editing the 4K videos in Premiere Pro CC or FCP X. But you would encounter some problems su as below.

Q: Hi, admin, does anyone have any experience of Canon XA45 4K MP4 and Premiere Pro CC workflow? I have just received my Canon XA45 camcorder the day before yesterday and everything is performing as expected, except there is no go when I importing XA45 MP4 clips to PP CC for basic editing. And yes I have other more robust video editing programs but I like the simplicity of Premiere Pro CC so would like to use it. Does anyone know how to get around this and make Adobe editing software read Canon XA45 recordings flawlessly? I don’t even mind paying for third party software.

A: The latest version of the software supports the import of 4K video. If your editing software is not the latest version, you can upgrade it. Whatever, you have to spend a lot of time rendering the imported video. To edit your Canon XA45 4K videos in Adobe and App software, please transcode the Canon XA45 footage to your editing software native format via third-party software.

Premiere Pro CC won’t open and import Canon XA45 4K MP4 videos correctly. Question is, what’s causing the issues? According to my experience, it may due to the high video resolution and the video codec incompatibility. Since H.264 is the best editing video codec for Premiere Pro, so we can convert Canon XA45 4K footage to H.264 .mov with a top 4K Video Converter, which will save you both time and trouble, and all you need is to drag the result videos for prompt editing. As for Final Cut Pro users, you can transcode Canon XA45 MPEG-4 to Apple ProRes 422/4444 codec for FCP X, FCP 7 and FCP 6.

Here Acrok  Video Converter Ultimate for Mac is highly recommended. It does a good job in converting Canon XA45 4K video to FCP X and Premiere Pro CC most compatible format with least quality loss. Plus, it supports encoding camera shootings in different formats (MXF, MOV, MTS/M2TS, MP4, etc.) to video editing software compatible file types, i.e. AIC for iMovie, DNxHD for Avid Media Composer, MPEG-2 for Sony Vegas Pro to meet your different needs.

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How to convert Canon XA45 4K video for editing in Premiere Pro CC and FCP X?

Step 1: Download and have a quick installation. The trial version will have a watermark on your converted files. Except for that, there are no time limitation, no virus, and no unnecessary bundle apps while downloading. After that, click “Add Video” button to load your source files into Canon Video Converter. You can load several files at once thanks to “Add from folder” button.

4K Video Converter for Mac-convert Canon XA45 4K videos

Step 2: Click the “Format” bar to get the drop-down menu and you can get “Editing Software”. Choose “Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas AVC (*.mov)” as best output format.

Convert Canon XA44 4K MP4 to Premiere Pro CC supported video

For Final Cut Pro users, please select “Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” in “Final Cut Pro” category.

Convert Canon XA45 4K MP4 to FCP X/7/6 ProRes MOV on Mac

Step 3: Click “Settings” button to customize the output video and audio settings by yourself. But if you are not good at it, you’d better use the default parameters, they will ensure you a good balance between file size and image quality basically. You can change the resolution, bit rate, frame rate as you need. If your editing program doesn’t supported 4K footage importing and editing, 1080p would be the best settings.

Click the pen-like icon, you can edit your TS video on the next window. Here are main tabs for you to select: Trim, Crop, Text Watermark, Image/Video Watermark, Effect, Audio Editor, Subtitle.

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Step 4: When everything is done, you can take a preview by hitting “Play” icon. If you are satisfied with the final result, you can click “Convert” button to finish the conversion work.

Conclusion: When the conversion is done, you can click “Open” to get your generated files. Now, you can edit Canon XA45 4K MP4 in Premiere Pro CC and FCP X without any hassles.

Further reading:
Adobe Premiere Pro CC Supported Video & Audio Formats
Final Cut Pro X Supported Video & Audio Formats

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