Tips for Using MOV Files in Final Cut Pro (FCP X)

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Read the following pages, you will learn the best way to import and edit MOV files in Final Cut Pro X without rendering on Mac. Keep Reading... 

Tips for Using MOV Files in Final Cut Pro (FCP X)

You probably would like to use Final Cut Pro to edit MOV files, especially some recordings from a camcorder like Canon 5D Mark III, Nikon D800, Canon 600D, Nikon D3S, etc to get better videos or more wonderful video files. However, when importing MOV to Final Cut Pro some errors appeared: file import failure, audio going out of sync, video but no audio when brought into the timeline.

In fact, Final Cut Pro does support importing and editing QuickTime movie files. However, some MOV files from Canon/Nikon can't be ingested by Final Cut Pro correctly, due to its heavily compressed H.264 codec. If you want to edit MOV in Final Cut Pro, you need to transcode them to a more edit friendly format. Now I’ll share you the best way how to work with MOV files in Final Cut Pro(X). Get the tricks bellow.

Since the most compatible video format for FCP editing is Apple ProRes MOV. So you need to find a third party program to convert MOV to ProRes first before loading to FCP. Here Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac is highly recommended to help you achieve your goal.

With this powerful video converter program, you can effortlessly transcode MOV to FCP friendly movie format ProRes (Note: it applies to all versions including FCP X, FCP 6, FCP 7, etc) keeping the original quality. Besides Final Cut, this software can also export AIC for iMovie/FCE, DNxHD for Avid Media Composer and more NLE systems. Below is the detailed guide on converting MOV clips to Final Cut Pro X friendly videos for smoothly playback and editing.

Converting MOV to Apple ProRes 422 for Final Cut Pro X

1. Load MOV files to the Program

You can directly drag and drop the MOV files to the software, or click "Add" button to locate the source files into the MOV to FCP converter.

2. Choose Final Cut Pro Profile

Click "format" bar and choose "Final Cut Pro -> Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)" as Final Cut Pro X compatible codec for editing MP4 files in FCP smoothly. ProRes 422(HQ), Pro Res 422(LT), Pro Res 444, Pro Res 422(Proxy) are all the proper choice.

Tip: Before conversion, you can click the “Settings” icon to customize the video/audio settings: Video Codec, video size, bit rate, frame rate, Audio codec, sample rate, audio channels for Final Cut Pro.

3. Start MOV to FCP X Conversion on Mac OS X

Click the big "Convert" button at the bottom right corner, this Mac video converter will start to convert MOV for Final Cut Pro X on Mac(Yosemite, Mavericks) immediately. Once the conversion completes, directly import the converted files to Final Cut Pro X, and then you can play, edit MOV clips in Final Cut Pro X freely.

Related Guides:

How to import a MOV file into iMovie(Yosemite)
Open and Work with MOV files in Sony Vegas
Edit MOV video in Premiere Pro CS5/CS6

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