Thursday, July 17, 2014

Import/Edit MKV, AVI, VOB, Tivo, MPG in Final Cut Pro 6/7 on Mac OS X

Let's find out how to import and edit MKV, AVI, VOB, Tivo, MPG video files in Final Cut Pro 6/7 on Mac (Mavericks and Yosemite included), here we can easily fix it.

As a professional non-linear editing software application, Final Cut Pro is the first choice of professional editors. Whether you're working solo or collaborating with a team, Final Cut Pro gives you more creative options and technical control.

Though Final Cut Pro 6/7 is able to import and edit any QuickTime compatible video format, camera-native formats, even Apple ProRes, there is still limitation in importing MKV, AVI, VOB, Tivo, MPG to FCP 6/7, let alone to edit those kind of video formats. This following will introduce a step by step guide on how to successfully import video to Final Cut Pro 6/7 no matter what format the video is.

To start, make sure an application for video converting installed on your Mac. If you are looking for ease of use, and don’t mind spending $52, check out Pavtube’s iMedia Converter for Mac. Specially designed for Mac users, mainly video hobbyists and independent filmmakers, the Mac Video to FCP ProRes Transcoder is able to convert MKV, AVI, VOB, Tivo, MPG to FCP natively Apple ProRes Codec for editing.

Tricks for Importing/Editing MKV, AVI, VOB, Tivo, MPG files in Final Cut Pro 6/7

1. Load video files to the program

Go to the folder where you have saved the MKV, AVI, VOB, Tivo, MPG videos, and then directly drag and drop the video files to the program dock. The files will be imported to the application automatically.

Note: If you have several video clips on your Mac and you want to combine them and export a continuous video that Final Cut Pro supports, just check "Merge into one file" at the bottom of the program.

2. Click on “Format” bar and follow “Final Cut Pro” template to set a FCP 6/7 friendly format.
For HD 1080p video files, you are advised to Follow “Final Cut Pro” template and “Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” format.

Tip: If you prefer smaller file size, choose “Apple ProRes 422 (LT) (*.mov)” instead. The “Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy) (*.mov)” format offers file size at SD levels and is recommended for 480i/p and 576i/p shootings. The “Apple ProRes 4444(*.mov)” creates videos in lossless quality at huge file size, and is not recommended for home video making.

3. Start Video to FCP conversion on Mac OS X

Click "Convert" button, and this smart Video to Prores Converter will do the rest for you! When the conversion is done, you can import the output prores .mov files to FCP 6/7 without any trouble. Congratulations! You have successfully taken the first step to make your own masterpiece. Have a try now!

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