November 5th, 2013 by Smile Harney
Many of us are often confused about why some of the MOV files can be imported to Final Cut Pro for editing, while other MOV movies (especially recorded from Nikon or Canon) fail to import to Final Cut Pro X, FCP 7 or lower version? Does Final Cut Pro support MOV files or not?
In fact, the answer is that it all depends. Whether Final Cut Pro can import and edit MOV or not, it all depends on what codec inside the .mov files. MOV is a video container format which may contain different codecs like DV, HDV, XDCAM, DNxHD, ProRes, DVCPRO, MPEG-4, H.264 etc.
If the codec is Final Cut Pro supported one like ProRes or DV, Final Cut Pro will import that kind of MOV. If the codec is Final Cut Pro unsupported one like H.264 or MPEG-4 which is highly-compressed and not suit for editing with non-linear video editing software, Final Cut Pro won't import those of MOV files for editing.
In order to successfully import all kinds of MOV files into Final Cut Pro, we had better convert MOV to Final Cut Pro more compatible format.
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In addition to converting MOV to Final Cut Pro format, this powerful MOV to Final Cut Pro Converter also support converting other FCP unsupported format like MXF, MP4, AVI, WMV, 3GP, VOB, MPG, AVCHD, MKV, RMVB, R3D, DivX, Xvid, ASF, FLV, F4V, WebM, OGV, WTV, MVI and etc to Final Cut Pro more compatible one.
The following will take converting MOV to Final Cut Pro X supported format as an example, it also applies to convert MOV to FCP 7 or other version of Final Cut Pro. It even applies to convert other video like MP4, AVCHD, MXF, MOD, MPG, AVI, WMV, MKV, VOB, 3GP, MVI and etc to FCP compatible format.
Click "Add File" button to navigate and import the MOV files which cannot be supported by Final Cut Pro. (Tips: If the .mov footages are in your camcorder or camera, you need first copy them to your computer.)
Once the .mov files are imported to this MOV to FCP Converter, you can view the MOV video from the Preview window by selecting an item and click the "Play" button. When the video is playing, you are allowed to take snapshot for your favorite scene.
Click the "Profile" drop down button to select Final Cut Pro X supported 'ProRes - Apple ProRes codec(*.mov)' or 'DV - Digital Video Format (*.dv)' from "General Video" category.
Click the "Effect" button to do some basic editing for the will be converted MOV files like define which MOV segment to be converted by trim; crop MOV black bars; adjust the MOV video image brightness, contrast, or saturation; add text or picture watermark or logo for the final output MOV files; add or remove subtitles for the MOV files
Click the "Setting..." button to adjust video codec/size/bitrate/frame rate/aspect ratio or change the audio sample rate/bitrate/codec/channels/volume for the output converted MOV files.
Click the "Convert" button to start and finish converting MOV to FCP X more supported video format.
After finish the MOV to Final Cut Pro format conversion, simply import the converted MOV movies to Final Cut Pro X for editing. And you will never be worried the following MOV to FCP importing troubleshooting: