How can I get MPEG-2 video into Final Cut Pro X/7

It’s really a headache that Final Cut Pro(FCP 7, FCP X), such a great movie making software program, doesn’t accept MPEG-2, one of the most popular video compression format. When importing MPEG-2 to Final Cut Pro X/7, you may come across lots of problems as quoted below:

Q1: Import MPEG-2 to FCP 7 “I have several MPEG-2 video files on which I need to perform some edits.  When I tried to import the MPEG-2 files into Final Cut Pro 7, I learned that Final Cut Pro can’t import MPEG files.”

Q2: FCP X does not recognize MPEG-2 “I am trying to import MPEG-2 files into Final Cut Pro X. I have the raw files from a Sony Handicam HDR-SR5… These files were recorded as MPEG-2 files and copied from the camera hard drives to a local hard drive on my computer. Final Cut Pro X does not recognize the files and will not import them.”

As we all know, MPEG-2 is a popular compression format that reduces the size and data rate of video files. It is the standard used by DVD players. MPEG-2 reduces the files size by removing redundancy with-in frames and between groups of frames. It’s normally easy to playback but not for editing. If you’re in such a situation, there is an easy way to fix the issue.

Since Apple ProRes MOV is the most compatible video format for FCP editing, so you need to find a third party program to convert MPEG-2 to ProRes first before loading to FCP. Here Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac is highly recommended to help you achieve your goal.

Overall, it is a high-quality Mac (including Mavericks and Mountain Lion) compatible video converter, player and editor. With this powerful video converter program, you can effortlessly transcode MPEG-2 to FCP friendly movie format ProRes (Note: it applies to all versions including FCP X, FCP 6, FCP 7, etc) keeping the original quality. Besides Final Cut, this software can also export AIC for iMovie/FCE, DNxHD for Avid Media Composer and more NLE systems. Below is the detailed guide on converting MPEG-2 clips to Final Cut Pro X/7 friendly videos for smoothly playback and editing.

How to Convert and Import MPEG-2 files into FCP X/FCP 7 on Mac

Step 1: Launch the Mac MPEG-2 to FCP Converter; click “Add” button from main menu to browse your computer hard drive and select the .mpg files you want to convert. Or you can easily drag-and-drop files into this application for converting.

Tip: You can check the “Merge into one” box to merge several .mpg video files together for easier editing.

Step 2: Click the format bar, and move mouse cursor to “Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” as output format.

Tip: Furthermore, you are provided some useful edit functions cropping, trimming, adding watermark, attaching subtitles for pre-editing your video files so that you can simplify your FCP editing.

Step 3: Click the “Convert” button to start the MPEG-2 to ProRes conversion. Just in a few minutes, you make it.

Step 4: After the conversion, click “Open” to locate the result videos and then launch Final Cut Pro, choose File > Import > Files…, to import the converted MPEG-2 video into FCP; prepare for editing. You will find that it’s just a piece of cake to edit MPEG-2 files in Final Cut Pro X or FCP 7.

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