Tricks for Importing MVI Files to Final Cut Pro


I have a weird problem with importing MVI files into Final Cut Pro (X). When I try to import MVI file, it says the file type is unsupported. Google turns up several results. I tried to follow these instructions and showed the final solution below For anyone who’s also facing the trouble editing MVI in Final Cut Pro, read on to get something useful you need…

As we know, movie clips taken with IXUS 1000 HS, PowerShot Elph 500 HS, PowerShot SX 200IS, PowerShot SD 780IS and many other Canon cameras are normally saved as MVI_xxxx files. These MVI files are actually Motion-JPEG/H.264 encoded video with .AVI or .MOV as file extension. The SD MVI videos shooting at 640×480 end up as .avi files and HD MVI files at 1280×720 or full HD 1920×1080 .mov files. While, the MVI format does not playback or edit very well. To make Canon MVI videos edit-ready for FCP,  a quick fix is to convert MVI to Final Cut Pro compatible file type like Apple ProRes, which will save us both time and trouble, then all we need is to drag the result videos for prompt editing.

I’ve tried the solution, it works perfectly for me. Below is the detailed instruction.

Download and use Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac, which is able to resolve your trouble effortlessly. This video app can help you convert MVI into a different format (e.g. ProRes 422, ProRes 4444) with least quality loss. You should then be able to import the new file into FCP with smooth editing without any trouble. With it, you can also effortlessly transcode MVI to MPG for Adobe Premiere, DNxHD for Avid MC, Apple InterMediat Codec for iMovie, etc. Here is guide for converting MVI for using with Final Cut Pro on Mac OS X.

How to convert MVI files to ProRes .mov for Final Cut Pro without quality loss

Step 1. Add MVI footage to converter

Once you run it, click “Add Video”button or “Add from folder”button to load your source files. When the MVI files are loaded to the Mac MVI converter, you can view the videos from the Preview window. Simply select an item and click the “Play”button. When the video is playing, you are allowed to take snapshoot.

Step 2. Choose ProRes MOV as output format

This XDCAM Converter Mac offers optimized format presets for Final Cut Pro, “Final Cut Pro -> Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)”, “Final Cut Pro -> Apple ProRes 422 HQ (*.mov)”, etc. Choose a one you need.

If the default settings do not fit your needs, you can click “Settings”button to adjust audio and video parameters as you like.

Step 3. Start MVI to ProRes conversion

Click “Convert”button and the selected MVI files will be converted to Apple ProRes files. You may check the converting progress and set auto shutdown in the conversion window. After conversion, click “Open”folder to find converted footage for importing to Final Cut Pro X or FCP 7.

Additional Tips:
The versatile MVI to ProRes Converter is not only designed for converting MVI footage for Final Cut Pro. It is also professional in outputting MEPG-2, Apple InterMediate Codec, DNxHD, etc format for making MVI files editable in Adobe Premiere Pro, FCE, iMovie, Avid Media Composer, etc to meet your different needs.

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