MOV to FCP Converter-Convert MOV to ProRes 422 MOV for Final Cut Pro on Mac Mountain Lion?

Summary: Tricks for how to log and transfer mov files to Final Cut Pro? First, you need to convert mov files to ProRes 422 (*.mov) for Final Cut Pro editing on Mac OS X 10.8.

"I've got Final Cut Pro and everytime I try to an import a .mov file, it says "General error".

Can anyone think of a reason for this? Is there anything I should change in the preferences or audio/video settings which might have some effect on it?

Alternatively, does anyone know of any software for a Mac where I can convert .mov files to prores?


We all know that Final Cut Pro provides non-linear, non-destructive editing of any QuickTime compatible video format including DV, HDV, P2 MXF (DVCProHD), XDCAM, and 2K film formats. But frequently, we will find that, sometimes MOV video files taken by some DSLR camcorders could not be read by Final Cut Pro directly, such as Nikon DSLR, Canon DSLR. Why? It is codec problem that MOV works as container format which can hold most codec data, but it still may contain the codec that Final Cut Pro could not recognize. If you want to import MOV to FCP on Mac to edit MOV videos in FCP for better video enjoyment, you will have to use a practical Mac MOV to FCP converter to convert MOV to FCP compatible format firstly.

The best codec for Final Cut Pro is Apple ProRes 422 codec MOV format, but Nikon D7000, Canon EOS 5D Mark III etc. comcorders record MOV videos in H.264 codec, which is not so good for Final Cut Pro editing, and you can't edit H.264 video smoothly in Final Cut Pro, for it requires long time to render.

Learn more about Apple ProRes Format Specifications

Therefore, if you get MOV files with H.264 codec, it is a good idea for you to convert MOV to ProRes 422 MOV format for editing on Final Cut Pro. Then, you will need to a MOV to FCP Converter to convert MOV to Prores 422 MOV for Log and Transfer MOV to Final Cut Pro.




Pavtube Mac MOV to FCP Converter is an ideal application that can work smoothly with several versions of Final Cut Pro, like Final Cut Pro 6/7, Final Cut Pro X, convert MOV to Prores 422 MOV files native supported by Final Cut Pro (FCP X) on Mac Mountain Lion (10.8), Mac OS X Lion (10.7), Snow Leopard (10.6), Leopard (10.5).

Step 1. Load MOV files to the program.

Download, install and run Mac MOV to FCP converter. Drag & drop MOV files to the program. Or go to "File" menu, choose "Add Video" to locate the MOV files you want to add.

Step 2. Select Apple ProRes MOV format for Final Cut Pro best out format.

Click "Format" bar and and set a FCP friendly codec in dropdown-list. You are advised to follow "Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)" as best video format for Final Cut Pro. H.264 codec has a much higher compression ratio than Apple ProRes, so the ingested files are significantly larger than the original files.

If you prefer smaller file size, choose "Apple ProRes 422 (LT) (*.mov)" instead. The "Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy) (*.mov)" format offers file size at SD levels and is recommended for 480i/p and 576i/p shootings.

Step 3. Set possible best quality for Final Cut Pro editing.

Click the "Settings" button and customize proper video/ audio parameters if necessary. Video size, Bitrate and Frame Rate are flexible and can be adjusted as you like. E.g. Set video size to 1920*1080 when you feel like to keep 1080p as the source file features. Or set “original” in video bitrate drop-down list to keep best quality. You may skip this step as well as default format works well with FCP too.

Step 4. Convert MOV files to ProRes 422 mov for FCP workflow on Mac.

Press "" icon, let this smart MOV to FCP Video Converter for Mac to do the rest for you! This video converter is specifically designed for Mac users, including Mac Mountain Lion 10.8, Mac OS X Lion 10.7, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, etc.

When the conversion is done, you can import the output files to FCP without any trouble. Congratulations! You have successfully taken the first step to make your own masterpiece.

Now, start to create your masterpiece in Final Cut Pro (Final Cut Pro 6/7, Final Cut Pro X)!

Additional editing features of the Pavtube MOV to FCP Converter for Mac:

1. Combine files together- check the files to be merged in file list and check "Merge into one" box beside "Settings" button.

2. Deinterlace- click "Editor", switch to "Effect" tab, find "Deinterlacing" box, and check it to eliminate interlacing lines.

3. Thumbnail- click "Snapshoot" button when previewing the video. Click "Option" to set the image format of screenshots.

4. Trim a section of the movie- click "Editor", switch to "Trim" tab, and input time point in start and end box.

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