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Importing MPG into Final Cut Pro X with ProRes 422 MOV format

What’s the best format for editing in Final Cut Pro X?

“I am new to Final Cut Pro X, and I’d like to take some time to learn more about what format would work best with FCP X? What thoughts do you guys have on what the very best compression/format that works in FCP X? It may be a very simple question, but I am not sure if there are a lot of opinions on this or if it is just a single simple answer. Thanks so much!!”

When working with certain camera original formats that have high bit-rates or use a codec that takes longer to decode, the "Create optimized media" option can provide better performance during editing, faster render times with better image quality, and faster export. Final Cut Pro X can reduce or eliminate dropped frames by transcoding this media to ProRes 422 in the background while you organize or edit in the foreground. Therefore, we do consider Apple ProRes 422 as the format best suited for editing in FCP X.

How to import MPG into Final Cut Pro X with ProRes 422 MOV format?   

MPG is NOT a proper editing codec for use in FCP X, so you’d better convert that to Apple PreRes 422. Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac does this. And yes, file sizes will increase compared with the original size, because ProRes 422 is less compressed, better suited for FCP X editing.

The steps to convert MPG to ProRes 422 MOV for FCP X by using Pavtube HD Video Converter:
1. Open up Pavtube HD Video Converter as a MPG to Apple ProRes 422 Converter, and load MPG files into it from “Add video” or “Add from folder” button.  

2. Move to Format menu, and choose “Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” as output format from “Final Cut Pro” option.

If necessary, you can click “Settings” button and enter “Profile Settings” windows to custom video and audio parameters like video resolution, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channels.

3. Click “Convert” button to start MPG to ProRes 422 MOV transcoding. As soon as the encoding process finished, you can get the final output Apple ProRes files via clicking “Open” button effortlessly. The transcoded files now are ready for editing in Final Cut Pro X.    


Launch FCP X, choose File > Import > Files…, and browse to where you save the converted MPG files to. Choose the videos that you’d like to add for editing:

Burn MOV videos from FCP X to DVD by using Free DVD Creator for Mac

If you need to burn QuickTime movies that exported from FCP X to a blank DVD on Mac, the following guide is worthy reading.

Before starting up Pavtube Free DVD Creator for Mac, you should export Final Cut Pro X project to QuickTime MOV files in advance. When finished editing in Final Cut Pro X, export directly from FCP X under ‘Share > Export Movie…’ and use the codec of ‘Current Settings’.

FCP MOV to DVD burning process in Pavtube Free DVD Creator for Mac
Step 1 - Import QuickTime movie to the Free DVD Creator for Mac
Start up Free Pavtube DVD Creator for Mac, click “Import” tab to browse your hard drive and load the FCP X exported MOV files into the program. Or you can just drag & drop the MOV files into it for burning.

To create another Title, click the "Add Title" button and add more source videos. Please notice the size indicator at the bottom, if it exceeds the red line, you are suggested change to DVD9 or remove some videos.

Step 2 - Author DVD menu
Free Pavtube DVD Creator for Mac enables you to custom a DVD menu to fully access your Final Cut Pro X QuickTime videos on DVD disc. There are three built-in DVD menu templates under “Menu” tab for you to choose from. If you don’t want a menu, you can choose no menu. After selecting a menu template, you can change menu buttons, thumbnails, add text, background music and background images to author a personalized DVD menu.

Step 3 - Preview and burn MOV files to DVD on Mac
Switch to “Preview” tab to have a look at the final playback effect of your DVD. If anything needs to be changed, go back to the former steps to do modification. Once you are satisfied, go to “Burn” tab to set settings like video standard (PAL or NTSC), audio channels (5.1 channels, Mono, Stereo), output settings, disc label, and DVD drive (please insert a blank DVD disc into your selected DVD writer). Press “Burn” button and the Free Mac DVD authoring program will start creating DVD from FCP X MOV source files automatically.

Pavtube DVD Creator for Mac also comes with a Retail version, which can do more than the free version. The bonus features of DVD Creator for Mac Full Version:
- One-click to quick Burn DVD ISO file and DVD folder structure to a blank DVD
- Directly creating playable DVDs from AVCHD MTS/M2TS and MXF footage
- Offering more menu templates for users to choose from
- Burning slide show DVDs from still image files

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