Import iPhone Videos to FCP X without rendering

Published on by Chris King

This article is about how to import iPhone videos to FCP X. If you wanna edit your iPhone videos in Final Cut Pro X, just read on to get some hints.

Import iPhone Videos to FCP X without rendering
Generally, you can import video and audio you've taken with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch into Final Cut Pro. While, when importing iPhone videos to FCP, some problems are always around with you. This article aims to give you some tips and tricks to get iPhone videos into FCP X for editing smoothly.

Q: I try to edit MOV files out of my iPhone5. But this is going to take too much time, because FCP renders every modification on the timeline. Any workaround for me?

As you see, when try to use Final Cut Pro to edit iPhone videos, there are render problems. What’s more, you will also meet the issues like the audio doesn't import, the video is clunky and choppy. So, what's the available way to edit an iPhone video in Final Cut Pro smoothly?

Well, the iPhone(including iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 4S, etc.) records in H.264 and outputs its files as .MOV files (the container). So the files you are getting out of iPhone are suited to be delivered, but not for editing. That means FCP doesn't work natively with the format that the iPhone records, which is why near-constant rendering is required. To solve the issue, you'll need to first convert iPhone video to ProRes 422, then import the new files into FCP. Below is the step-by-step guide for you.

First download the App- Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac

Overall, the program is the best Video Converter for iPhone videos. With this video converter, you can effortlessly transcode iPhone videos to ProRes 422, which will create a Final Cut Pro friendly file format keeping the original quality. Besides FCP, this software can also export DNxHD for Avid, MPEG-2 for Adobe Premiere, AIC for iMovie/FCE and more NLE systems for native editing. Just download it and follow the tutorial below to get the work done.

Convert iPhone MOV videos to Final Cut Pro for editing

1. Download, install and run the  iPhone Video Converter; click "Add Videos" icon to load your source .mov videos from your iPhones.

2. Click the "Format" bar and select Final Cut Pro > Apple PreRes 422(*.mov) as output format.

Tip - Profile Settings:
In case the default settings do not fit your requirement, you can click “Settings” button and enter “Profile Settings” panel to adjust video size, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channels.

3. Hit the convert button, the iPhone video to FCP converter will start encoding iPhone videos for FCP immediately.

Soon after the conversion, just click “Open” button to get the generated files. Now click File --> Import --> Files and then you can transfer/edit your iPhone videos in FCP without any problem.

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