I’m trying to import MOV into Final Cut Pro X, but FCP struggles with these MOV files. 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. Searching further, I got some clues and now present the steps below.
Well, .mov only means it is a QT file, can be one of many codecs, that codec it not made for editing and needs to be converted if you want to use FCP. FCP X plays well with ProRes as a codec. And make sure you match the frame resolution to what was shoot 4K, 1080p or 720p. Keep the frame rate on current and progressive and it will work for you. So, we need a MOV to ProRes converting tool. Here are two top options recommended by most guys online.
Solution 1: Use Compressor ($49.99)
To use MOV files in Final Cut Pro, you need to convert the .mov files before you bring them into FCP. Compressor is a nice choice.
> First Open Compressor by locating it in the “Applications” folder or by doing a spotlight search for it in the upper right corner of the screen.
> Drag the file you wish to convert to the “Drag Files Here” project window of Compressor.
> Find a Compression Preset you wish to use. Apple ProRes 422, ProRes 422 Proxy are here for you.
> Drag the Compressor Preset onto the source file in the preset window.
> When the converting process is finished you will see a file with “-ProRes Proxy.mov” extension.
Solution 2: Use Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac ($35.95)
For fast and quick edit MOV videos in Final Cut Pro, you can get help from this professional MOV to ProRes converter for Mac(macOS Sierra included). With it, you can effortlessly transcode MOV files for smoothly importing and editing in various non-linear editing systems (NLE), including Final Cut Pro X, FCP 6/7, iMovie, Final Cut Express, Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, etc.
Convert MOV to ProRes 422, ProRes 4444 for Final Cut Pro
1. Download, install and run the MOV to FCP Converter; click “Add Videos” icon to load your source .mov files.
2. Click “Format” bar and choose “Final Cut Pro >> Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” as output format for editing XAVC S in FCP with natively supported video codec.
3. Then, you can click the “Settings” button and customize proper video/audio parameters if necessary. Video size, bitrate and fame rate are flexible and can be adjusted as you like.
4. Hit the convert button to start the MOV to FCP ProRes conversion on Mac OS X. After the conversion, click Open to get the output videos.
Now, start editing XAVC S clips in Final Cut Pro at your will. Create a project, make an event, drag the files to the event folder and start editing with light speed in FCP X/7/6.