Convert MPEG-2 to ProRes for Editing in Final Cut Pro X

Published on by Chris King

We usually saw FCP users encounter issues when attempting to edit MPEG-2 files with Final Cut Pro X. This article outlines how to import MPEG-2 into Final Cut Pro (X) for smooth editing. Keep reading for a brief how-to. 

Convert MPEG-2 to ProRes for Editing in Final Cut Pro X
You probably would like to use Final Cut Pro to edit MPEG-2 files, especially some recordings from a camcorder to get better videos or more wonderful video files. While, some errors appeared: file import failure, audio going out of sync, video but no audio when brought into the timeline. The basic reason is that MPEG-2 is not a natively supported format for FCP. If you want to edit MPEG-2 in Final Cut Pro X, you need to transcode MPEG-2 to ProRes before importing to FCP timeline.

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 MPEG-2 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. Now I’ll share you the step-by-step guide how to work with MPEG-2 videos in Final Cut Pro(X). Get the tricks bellow.

Converting MPEG to ProRes 422 .MOV for Final Cut Pro X

1. Load MPEG-2 files to the Program

You can directly drag and drop the MPEG-2 files to the software, or click "Add" button to locate the source files into the MPEG-2 to ProRes converter.

2. Choose ProRes as output format

Press "Format" option and navigate the mouse cursor to choose "Format > Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)" as the best codec for FCP 6/7 and FCP X on Mac.

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 MPG to FCP X conversion

Click the big "Convert" button at the bottom right corner, this Mac video converter will start to convert MPEG-2 to ProRes for Final Cut Pro X immediately.

Once the conversion completes, directly import the converted files to Final Cut Pro X, and then you can play, edit MPEG-2 clips in Final Cut Pro X freely.

Additional tips:

1. For FCP X users, before you try to do the conversion, don’t forget to make sure that you have installed the Apple ProRes Codec manually since the FCP X asks users to install it by themselves.

2. If you want to edit MPEG-2 in iMovie or FCE, you just need to choose the “iMovie and Final Cut Express -> Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)” as the output format in the second step. This MPEG to FCP Converter gives you multiple choices.

Related Guides:
Convert and Open MPEG in QuickTime
How to convert MPG into iMovie on a Mactonish

Comment on this post