Final Cut Pro X Can’t Import AVI Files- Fixed


Messing around with iMovie, so I turned to Final Cut X. Well, I noticed that I can’t import AVI files into FCP X. Based on my experience these AVI files import just fine into iMovie. It seems kind of strange that the entry level program can do something that the higher end program can’t. Searching ‘avi to fcp x’ in Google, there are thousands results. Scanning several related forums and threads, I’ve got my issue resolved. Below is the workaround to load and edit AVI in Final Cut Pro X.

AVI is not a container well known for being used in editing applications, maybe except Premiere. If FCP X will not import your AVI files then you obviously must transcode or rewrap to a compatible format.

I have and tried several converters(Squeeze, Toast & Handbrake ) to get AVI files converted to be able to be edited in FCP X. I’m not having any luck so far with the former two. I got it to work with Handbrake- AVI to h.264, but now that I’m editing the videos, any of the videos are taking a long time to play in the timeline or browser. It seems that I need to find a better solution.

Searching further, I got some hints. Actually, H.264 is not a good editing codec for Final Cut Pro and other NLEs. For FCP, Apple ProRes is the best codec for handling and processing in FCP X. To edit AVI in FCP X, I need a professional video converter that supports converting AVI to ProRes. More than one guys recommend Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac which can bring us loseless AVI to ProRes conversion at $35 only.

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Below is a tutorial on how to transcode AVI to ProRes for Final Cut Pro X:

1. Import AVI videos to the software

Once run the AVI to ProRes converter, you can click “Add Video” button to load .avi source files. Convert supports batch conversion, so you are allowed to add multiple files to convert at a time.

2. Select the output format

Click “format” bar and choose “Final Cut Pro -> Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” as Final Cut Pro X compatible codec for editing AVI in FCP X smoothly. ProRes 422(HQ), Pro Res 422(LT), Pro Res 444, Pro Res 422(Proxy) are all the proper choice.

Tip: Tap “settings” to customize the output parameters- adjust the video size, bitrate, frame rate, audio sample rate, audio channel, etc to get a decent video for editing in Final Cut Pro.

3. Start AVI to ProRes conversion

Click “Convert” button to start encoding AVI to ProRes 422 or ProRes 4444 for Final Cut Pro under Mac OS X.

Once the conversion is done, you can transfer your AVI video into Final Cut Pro X(or FCP 7) for editing smoothly on Mac without hassle.

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