How to Work iPhone Videos in FCP 6/7/X Smoothly

You can use your iPhone to record videos in a very convenient way. Most of you love to edit them before uploading to YouTube or posting them on Facebook. However, if you’re using Final Cut Pro to edit the iPhone videos, you will always have render problems when importing to FCP including FCP X. You’ll find the audio doesn’t import, the video is clunky and choppy. Sometimes the video plays upside down and every time you make a minor change you have to render again, which takes forever!

Why we can’t work iPhone videos in Final Cut Pro beautifully

The iPhone (including iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 4S, etc.) records in MPEG-4 and outputs its files as .MOV or .MP4 files (the container). Files are compressed using the h.264 codec (as opposed to AAC or Xvid and DivX usually found in .AVI containers). So the files you are getting out of iPhone are suited to be delivered as is, which is usually not what you want. Luckily, there is an easy to fix the issue – transcoding iPhone video into a more editing-friendly format, such a Final Cut Pro’s ProRes. This tutorial will show you just how to do just that.

First of all, free download the app – Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac

Overall, the program is an easy-to-use yet all-in-one video conversion app which can be used under Mac OS X Yosemite(10.10), Mavericks(10.9), Mountain Lion(10.8), Snow Leopard(10.6), Lion(10.7) and more. It is free, clean and safe to install and use. With it, you can effortlessly transcode iPhone MOV to Apple ProRes encoded MOV files, which will create a FCP friendly file format keeping the original quality. Besides Final Cut Pro, the software can also export Apple Intermediate Codec for iMovie, DNxHD for Avid, MPEG-2 for Sony Vegas, Premiere Element, AVI for Pinnacle Studio and more for native editing. Just get the program and follow the step-by-step guide to get the work done.

How to convert iPhone videos for editing in Final Cut Pro

Step 1. Load iPhone MOV videos to the program

Install and run the iPhone Video to FCP Converter on your Mac, then run it. Click on “Add”, and browse your files; select all the iPhone .mov files you wanna convert. If you want to combine all the files together for easy importing to FCP, please tick the box “Merge into one” on the main interface.

Step 2. Choose ProRes as output format

Click the “Format” bar and select Final Cut Pro > Apple PreRes 422(*.mov) as output format.

Tip: Click the “Settings” button and customize proper video/audio parameters including Video size, bitrate and fame rate and more.

Step 3. Start conversion

After all necessary settings, hit the convert button to start the iPhone video to ProRes conversion on Mac OS X. Once the conversion process shows in 100%, click Open to get the output videos. Create a project and start editing iPhone video in Final Cut Pro 7 or FCP X with ease.

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