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Can't Import MP4 videos to Final Cut Pro 6/7 on Mac?

August 13 2015 , Written by Bonnie Published on #mp4 to fcp, #convert mp4 to fcp, #import mp4 to fcp

Description: This article will explain why we often encounter "can't import MP4 into Final Cut Pro", and provide an easy way on how to successfullyimport MP4 to FCP for Mac.

Can't Import MP4 videos to Final Cut Pro 6/7 on Mac?

If you have a lot of MP4 videos from GoPro camera, YouTube, etc. and want to edit them in FCP 6/7 for getting fantastic video effects. However, FCP only supports the following formats: Apple ProRes, Apple Intermediate codec, AVC-intra, AVCHD, DV, DVCPRO HD, H.264, HDV, iFrame, Motion JPEG, MPEG IMX(D-10), Uncompressed 10-bit 4:2:2, Uncompressed 8-bit 4:2:2, XAVC, XDCAM HD/EX/HD422, QuickTime formats, etc. Plus, though Final Cut Pro 6/7 update to import MP4 video, it only support MP4 encoded with H.264. If the MP4 is encoded with other video codecs, Final Cut Pro 6/7 will still fail to import MP4. 

In order to import MP4 videos into Final Cut Pro 6/7 for editing on Mac, a recommended solution is to encode MP4 to Final Cut Pro 6/7 more compatible video formats like Apple ProRes, MOV,etc. Many people try to use the standard solution of "MPEG Streamclip", but when you try to export as ProRes with current settings, only get a message that says "error: can't prepare the movie." It is clear that the method is not feasible.

Here I recommend an effective tool Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate for Mac. It is a clean, safe, easy-to-use and powerful MP4 to FCP converter on Mac, including the latest Mac OS X El Capitan and Yosemite, etc. With the app, you can encode MP4 to FCP 6/7 supported formats like Apple ProRes, which is so convenient and quick. Besides, this ideal MP4 to FCP Converter also features more editing functions like crop MP4 black bars, combine multiple MP4 videos into one, add subtitles to MP4 files, and etc.

Below is illustrated a step by step guide on how to encode MP4 to FCP 6/7 more supported format.

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How to encode MP4 videos into Final Cut Pro 6/7 on Mac?

Step 1. Load MP4 files to the program

Click the "File" to the top menu bar to import MP4 files to the program.

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Step 2. Set Final Cut Pro6/7 supported video format

Click “ Format” > “Final Cut Pro” > “ Apple ProRes 422(*.mov) ”. You can select one as target format depending on your request in post production.

  • Apple ProRes 422 –Higher quality than Apple ProRes 422 (LT);
  • Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) –Keep original video quality for editing in FCP;
  • Apple ProRes 422 (LT) –Get a smaller file sizes than Apple ProRes 422;
  • Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy) –SD levels–480i/p and 576i/p. Used in offline workflows.
  • Apple ProRes 4444 –Edit and finish 4:4:4 material.

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You can click “Settings” to custom Size, Brate, and so on ,depending on your needs.

Step 3. Sart converting MP4 to Final Cut Pro 6/7 supported video format

Click the lower right corner of the green arrow to start the conversion format. When the conversion is done, you need to import converted videos to FCP 6/7.

When operation is completed, you will find the conversion is very simple and fast. Please have a try, this software will solve you MP4 files conversion and editing problems, and then you can import and use your MP4 files in FCP 6/7 for Mac without any problems. This tool is really worth your choice. In addition, Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate for Mac has many other special features, for instance: complete support for more than 200 different formats, personalize videos with diversified video editing tools, custom video & audio parameter settings,etc.

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