“I can’t import any Z CAM E2-S6 file into FCP X. While importing, always got the error message. I tried everything and had to intall plug-in but nothing changes. I don’t understand why I can edit my Z CAM E2-S6 files in FCP X but the file from my colleague seems not to be importable. Have I lost some important metadata?”
“I have an avid project which I would like to transfer to Final Cut Pro X. I exported .mp4 from the Z CAM E2-S6 imported it into FCP X and tried to connect with the 6K H.265 which are H.265. It reported a generic error.”
Amazing camera for the price. I switched over from a BMPCC 6K. Main points that won me over was the form factor, modularity, and battery life. The Z CAM E2-S6 features a Super 35 sensor with 10-bit 4:2:2 color support and nominal 14 stops of dynamic range, supports timecode, shoots up to 6K at up to 60 fps, DCI 4K up to 75 fps, 1080p up to 120 fps, and records data up to 300 Mb/s onto CFast 2.0 media. Supported recording formats MOV and MP4 using H.265 for 10-bit recording (H.264 supports 8-bit recording), and firmware 0.88 that allows the camera to record in the ZRAW format.
H.265 is so popular that it has been adopted by Z CAM cameras. We need to edit Z CAM E2-S6 6K H.265 videos to polish them in FCP X from time to time. However, once we import Z CAM E2-S6 H.265 videos to Final Cut Pro X, the importing window got black all the time. The preview of H.265 video just won’t come out no matter how many times we have tried.
The reason why FCP X window got black for a long time is the resolution of Z CAM E2-S6 H.265 videos is 6K, and if your Mac’s resolution is much lower than 4096 x 2160 or the version of FCP X is not the latest, the black FCP X window will happen. In order to import and edit Z CAM E2-S6 footage in FCP X smoothly, I suggest you to upgrade FCP X or transcode H.265 files to the most suitable Codec – ProRes for FCP X.
To solve those problems, the quick workaround is to transcode Z CAM E2-S6 6K H.265 to Final Cut Pro X more editing-friendly formats (ProRes 422 MOV/ProRes 4444 MOV are highly recommended). Along with some help from Acrok Video Converter Ultimate for Mac, it can be done effortlessly. Overall, the program is the best 6K Video Converter and H.265 Video Converter, you can easily transcode 6K H.265 to PreRes 422/4444 MOV, which will create a Final Cut Pro X friendly file format keeping the original quality of MP4/MOV videos. Besides Pinnacle, this software can also export DNxHD for Avid, MPEG-2 for Vegas Pro 18, H.264 for DaVinci Resolve 16 and more NLE systems for native editing.
Download and install H.265 to FCP X Converter on your PC. Run this program, you will find the interface is very brief, this program is very easy to use.
Simple guide on how to convert Z CAM E2-S6 6K files for FCP X editing smoothly
Step 1. Import MXF files
Click the button “Add file” button to add Z CAM E2-S6 MP4/MOV files (or directly drag and drop your files) to the Converter.
Step 2. Choose the output format
Hit the “Format” box and move mose cursor to “Final Cut Pro” catetory, then choose “Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” or “Apple ProRes 4444 (*.mov)” as the output format. The output ProRes encoded MOV videos will seamlessly fit Final Cut Pro.
Step 3: Settings
There is the video file list where you can set the output settings for the conversion. You can select the video pane, frame rate, resolution, bit rate as well as encoder for converting the videos. To know the original video parameters, please go back to the main interface of the software and select your task then click “Show selected tast properties” icon. If you don’t want to change the resolution of the video, please cselect “Orginal” in “Resolution (pix)” column.
Step 4. Start to convert 6K H.265 to FCP X
Click the convert button under the preview window, the Z CAM video converter will start converting Z CAM E2-S6 H.265 to FCP X best editng format – ProRes MOV. Soon after the conversion is finished, just click “Open” button to get the generated files which is ready to be imported to FCP X for smooth editing.