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How to Fix FCP X MOV Files Importing Troubles?

FCP X MOV importing problem

Blackscreen when importing .mov

"I recorded some video with my Nikon D5200 and I imported it to my MacBook Pro using iPhoto. The result was a couple of .MOV files. I opened Final Cut Pro X and imported the files. The problem is when I try to run these files, FCP shows a black screen, although the sound works just fine. Any hint on where the problem might be? Thanks in advance."

Trouble importing .mov files into FCP X

I took a bunch of short video clips on my Panasonic ZS25 and imported the clips to my MacBook Pro. [I have version 10.8.4 of OSX]. The clips from my camera were in .mts format so I used the Smart Convertor Pro App from the App Store to convert all 80 files to a .mov format. Both the converted clips and FCP X are stored on my 700 GB external, and while I tried to import the clips into FCP X, the program almost immediately froze and shut down. What can possibly be the problem and what can I do to fix it?

Can FCP X native importing MOV files?

It is well known that MOV is a container file format that may hold various different video/audio codec. Although FCP X has native support for some codec with MOV file extension such as Apple Intermedia Codec, Apple Prores, DVCPRO HD, H.264, QuickTime, HDV MOV, etc. However, if the MOV files are encoded with FCP X not recognized codec, you will fail to load the MOV files into FCP X. In addition, even you can native edit some MOV files such as H.264 MOV with FCP X, however, you may find that the post-production workflow is not that satisfactory since decoding H.264 codec will take a lot of computer horsepower, in addition, you are potentially compromising your effects and, especially, color correction and compositing with gradients. 

Best workflow of MOV files with FCP X

To get a high quality and high performance post editing workflow of MOV files with FCP X, you are recommended to transcode MOV to FCP X best favorable Apple Prores editing codec, which is less hardware intensive than other codec, therefore, you don't need a fancy graphics card and you don't need as fast a computer to edit the Apple Prores formats. In addition, it helps to main the pristine quality even after multiple encoding/decoding generations.

To produce the professional Apple Prores codec from MOV file, what you need is a tool called Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac (review), which has enhanced compatibility with MOV files encoded with various different video and audio codec. You can easily transcode unsupported MOV files to FCP X best preferred editing codec - Apple Prores in various different types, you can choose a proper codec by following the standard below:

If you computer is old or slow, or you just want to do some rough editing, you can select to output "Apple Prores Proxy)(*.mov)"or "Apple Prores (LT)(*.mov)" format to save more space and bandwidth. However, if your computer are powerful enough to handle multicam and high-resolution video and you are going to do many effects editing work with FCP X, you'd better choose to output "Apple Prores 422(*.mov)"or "Apple Prores 422(HQ)(*.mov)" for better performance.

Apart from MOV, the program also facilitates you to convert other unsupported file formats such as MP4, AVI, WMV, MOV, MKV, etc into FCP X best compatible editing formats.


How to Convert MOV to Apple Prores Codec for FCP X Best Editing Workflow?

Step 1: Load MOV files into the program.

After transferring the MOV footage from the camera/camcorder to your Mac local drive, launch the program on your Mac computer, from "File" drop-down option, select "add Video/Audio" to add MOV files to the program.

Step 2: Select output file format.

Click "Format"bar, from its drop-down list, select one of FCP X supported file formats such as MOV QuickTime format under "Common Video" drop-down list.

For smooth post editing workflow, please output "Final Cut Pro"> "Apple Prores 422(*.mov)"as your desired output file formats for working with high performance computer, for slow computer, just choose "Apple Prores Proxy)(*.mov)"or "Apple Prores (LT)(*.mov)"format.

Step 3: Edit MOV video. (optional).

Check an item to active the "Video Editor" function, then click the pencil like icon on the top tool bar to open the "Video Editor" window, you can flip or roate video, trim video length, crop video black bars, add watermark, apply sepcial rendering effect, remove/replace audio in video, etc.

Step 4: Carry out the conversion process.

Go back to the main interface and press the right-bottom "Convert" icon on the right-bottom to start MOV to Final Cut Pro X Apple Prores codec encoding process.

When the conversion is done, you can easily import converted video to FCP X for furthering professional editing.

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