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How to convert and import videos into Final Cut Pro?

How to convert and import videos into Final Cut Pro 7? OK, I have a Sony Handycam camcorder that I film with and I have Final Cut Pro 7 on my Mac. Since my recorded videos took too much space I want to edit them on Final Cur Pro and then burn DVD. However, I can’t find how to upload the videos straight to Final Cut. Do I need a program to convert them? What format do I need to convert?

 

Generally speaking, Sony and many other camcorders record high quality videos in MPEG2/AVCHD which is not compatible either with Final Cut Pro or Final Cut Pro X. So you will need to upload the video files from the camcorder to the Mac, and then convert them to a format that is accepted by Final Cut. Once you’ve done that, you can drag/drop the converted files to the video editor. So now all you need is a program to do this. What we recommend is Video Converter for Mac which is able to convert almost any videos (including both SD videos and HD videos) to any format you want on your Mac OS X. Now read on and find how to import and convert videos to Final Cut Pro 7/X.

 

Step-by-step Guide to Convert & Import Videos into Final Cut Pro

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Download and install Video Converter for Mac

First of all, download Video Converter for Mac on your Mac computer and install it by following the set-up wizard.

 

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Add Videos to Video Converter

So once you’ve downloaded this Mac Video Converter, drag and drop your source video files into the program. You can import multiple pieces for converting. The loaded files will be listed one by one on the left. While the right window lets you preview the imported videos.

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Select Output Format

Now you need to select a format that can be supported by Final Cut Pro 7/X. MOV, MP4 or DV works great on Final Cut Pro and iMovie. So click on the format icon right next to the video thumbnail, and from there select the right format. Alternatively, you may simply choose Final Cut Pro as the output. By doing this, the application will automatically convert videos to the format you selected.

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Start to Convert Videos

Done with the settings, click on “Start” button and get started this converting task. So now Video Converter for Mac will take from here you don’t have to worry about anything.

Once done, click on “Find Target” button to find the converted videos, now you can launch Final Cut Pro and import the videos in to it for editing.

 

Tips:
1. Actually, Video Converter for Mac is also able to editing videos. If you want to edit videos before converting, click the button like a scissors and a new window will pop up where you do some editing to your videos. Here you can do a few things: clip, crop, adjust effects, add watermarks, etc.

2. If you want to combine several files into one single file, click in the box before “Merge into One file” and you will get one file when the conversion is done.