Have issues when importing Canon 60D MOV into FCP 7? From this guide, you will find the best solution to edit Canon 60D MOV files with Final Cut Pro 7 easily and quickly.
I just got a Canon 60D and got some raw media and I'm having a little trouble with the workflow with FCP 7. I open up FCP 7- Log and Transfer. Then hit the add folder button, navigate to my 60D files. Nothing comes up. I cannot ingest Canon 60D MOV to FCP 7. Final Cut Pro 7 could not work with Canon 60D MOV file type. I’m looking for the Canon 60D to FCP 7 best workflow.
Searching high and low, I got some clues. Canon 60D can capture MOV videos saved in 1920 x 1080 with H.264 as video codec. H.264 is not an acceptable editing codec for Apple’s Final Cut Pro owing to its high compression rate with heavy codec under different computer operating environment. If you also happen to run into such incompatibility issue, you can read on to get an easy and quick solution. I’ve tried it and had a big success.
Actually, Apple ProRes codec ensures maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with Final Cut Pro 7 or FCP X. In order edit Canon 60D video in FCP flawlessly, the best method is to convert Canon 60D MOV to ProRes before loading to FCP 7.
First of all, download Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac, a top Mac Canon MOV Converter. It supports transcoding all Canon 1080p MOV files to Apple ProRes 422 so that you can easily import the Canon H.264 recordings to FCP 7, Final Cut Pro X for further editing on Mac. This will help you import the file correctly and saving the rendering time.
Convert/Import Canon 60D videos to Final Cut Pro 7 for smoothly editing
Step 1: Load 60D footage to the software
Install and launch Canon MOV to FCP Converter, and then click "Add" button to import Canon 60D MOV footage or your can directly drag the footage from your 60D to the program.
Step 2: Select output format
Click on "Format" bar set an Apple ProRes format. You are advised to "Follow Final Cut Pro" template and choose "Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)".
Step 3: Choose proper parameters in Settings
Click the "Settings" button and customize proper video/ audio parameters if necessary. E.g. Set video size to 1920*1080 or set smaller bitrate to further cut down export file size. You may skip this step as well.
Step 4: Start converting Canon MOV to ProRes
Click "Convert" to start encoding Canon 60D MOV to ProRes 422 c for Final Cut Pro 7. The conversion process may take long time but it will not bother to render in FCP. After conversion just click the "Open" button to locate converted Canon 60D footage for FCP 7 post-production.
If you want to edit Canon .mov in iMovie or Final Cut Express, you just need to choose the “iMovie and Final Cut Express -> Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)" in the second step. For importing Canon MOV to Adobe Premiere Pro, follow “Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas” to set MPG, MOV or WMV format.
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