How to import MOV files to FCP X (Mavericks, Yosemite)

Summary: In this post, we’ll examine how to import QuickTime MOV into Final Cut Pro X for editing with smooth workflow.

Although Final Cut Pro X supports MOV formats, importing MOV into Final Cut Pro X remains video, audio codec issues. This could happen because of the different codec in a number of MOV files as FCP X might not support all of these codecs. First of all, have a look at the MOV to FCP X related issues:

Q1: I am new to Final Cut Pro X and am running into an importing issue. I have an MOV clip that I want to import into FCP X, but I keep getting errors.

Q2: I'm trying to convert some .mov footage for editing in FCP X. I've read different things about this here or there, but there are lots of different opinions and I haven't found one clear tutorial that really lays it all out.

According to Apple support website, Final Cut Pro does support importing and editing QuickTime movie files. However, .mov is just a wrapper. The bigger and better question is what's inside the wrapper (commonly called a codec). So you can have a .mov file that uses different codecs. It could be DV, HDV, XDCAM, DNxHD, ProRes, DVCPRO, etc. Each of those are different codecs that a .mov can contain. some MOV files from Canon/Nikon can't be ingested by Final Cut Pro correctly, due to its heavily compressed H.264 codec. To import MOV into FCP X smoothly, you need to transcode MOV to ProRes for FCP with Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac- one of the best MOV Decoder/Encoder.

By running this video app, there’s no need to set the codec yourself: the program has optimized presets Apple ProRes for Final Cut Pro. You can convert MOV, MKV, AVI, WMV, MPG, XAVC, MXF, MTS and any video file to FCP compatible format without loosing quality. Plus, the optimal presets like DNxHD for Avid Media Composer, MPEG-2 for Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple InterMediate Codec for iMovie/Final Cut Express are provided as well. Now I will show you how to convert MOV to ProRes for FCP X in detail.

How to Convert MOV for Editing in FCP X smoothly

Step 1. After downloading, install and run this MOV Converter for FCP, just copy the MOV files from your camera to your hard drive. Import the files to the software for converting.

Step 2. Click Format bar and go to Final Cut Pro column by choosing "Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)" as best video format for editing MOV clips in Final Cut Pro without rendering.

Tip: Click the Settings icon to adjust video and audio parameters on the Profile Setting as you need to get the best quality video.

Step 3: Simply click the "Convert" button to start converting and everything else will be automated. If you have added quite a bunch of video files, it would take some time to convert. In such case, you can click Option and tick the box “Shut down the computer after conversion”.

You're done. Now your MOV files will be converted into ProRes files ready to be imported to Final Cut Pro X beautifully.

See more:

How to Import MOV files to iMovie
Upload/Convert 4K Videos to YouTube
How to Import MOV files to Pinnacle Studio
How to Import .MOV files to Adobe Premiere
Edit DVD videos in Final Cut Pro under Yosemite
Get the VLC alternative to play 4K video in Yosemite
Editing MP4 to Final Cut Pro X 10.1.4 on Mac Yosemite
Main interface of the AVCHD to FCP Converter Yosemite
MTS to MOV conversion for Quicktime, Final Cut 7, FCP X, iMovie
MXF to ProRes 422, 422HQ, ProRes 4444 for Final Cut (Yosemite)

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Comments: 27
  • #1

    Brandon (Monday, 19 January 2015 02:04)

    I am a newbie on video formats. I had though that FCP could deal with all MOV videos. However, I learnt that .mov is a wrapper with a lot of codecs. I believe H.264 is the problem that makes my MOV videos reject by FCP.Brorsoft seems to be an ideal tool after testing. Anyway, thanks for the detailed information.

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    Leo (Thursday, 22 January 2015 01:38)

    I'm new to Final Cut Pro X, and I'm trying to convert some .mov footage encoded in H.264 for editing in FCP X. As you indicated heavily compressed H.264 MOV is not ideal for editing. Tried Brorsoft Video Converter Mac and convert MOV to ProRes codec. Best result as I wish. Thanks.

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