Tips on Editing MPG/MPEG videos in FCP on Mac
Final Cut Pro is a non-linear video editing software which allows users to log and transfer video onto a hard drive (internal or external), where it can be edited, processed, and output to a wide variety of formats. On Apple official website, we can easily find that it claims that Final Cut Pro can support MPG footage directly from the camera as well as from the camera archive, including MPEG and MPEG2.
The way to Import MPG files to FCP:
1) Connect the camera to your Mac with the USB (or Firewire) cable
2) Power on your camera, and set it play out through the cable
3) Click "File > Import from Camera"
4) Select the clips you needed and import to a new/existing event
You can also connect the SD/CF Card to Mac with a card reader/adapter, then use "File > Import > Camera Archive" to import the clips.
However, this method only works out with MPG files in camera archive, if you get the MPG/MPEG videos without other metadata, you will meet problem while importing MPG/MPEG to FCP. That's the reason why some users can open MPG files in FCP, others were failed. For those person who have already deleted the original metadata with video file left only, they have to rewrap MPG/MPEG to Apple ProRes MOV via a powerful third party program so that FCP can afford well.
To achieve the goal, Brorsoft iMedia Converter for Mac is highly recommended to you which not only can encode MPG files into Apple ProRes codec for FCP with maximum editing quality and efficiency ensuring, but also offers a lot of professional codecs for NLEs, like AIC for iMovie, DNxHD for Avid, MPEG-2 for Premiere and more. The most attractive thing is that it can deal with DVD/BDs into common video formats for playing anywhere any time. Now download the software on your Mac and follow the guide below to start MPG/MPEG files to FCP conversion. The conversion is easy to be finished with several clicks.
How to convert MPG/MPEG to ProRes for Final Cut Pro
Step 1: Locate original videos
Download and run MPG to ProRes MOV Converter on Mac, and then click the "Add" button to import the MPG/MPEG videos to the program. (Drag and Drop is also a convenient way to load the videos.)
Step 2: Set output format
Click the format bar, and move mouse cursor to "Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)" as output format.
Tips: Click "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.
Step 3: Start Conversion
Click the "Convert" button to start converting MPG/MPEG to ProRes for FCP. After the conversion, click the Open button to locate the output files and import to Final Cut Pro for editing smoothly.
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