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Can FCP 6/7/X Ingest iPhone MOV Files?

Can FCP 6/7/X Ingest iPhone MOV Files?

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You can record videos with iPhone in a very convenient way. Before uploading them to YouTube, Facebook or other social media for sharing, you would like to polish them in editing software. However, if you’re using Final Cut Pro to edit the iPhone videos, you will always have render problems when importing to FCP, even the latest version FCP X.


The iPhone 6/6 Plus/5S/5C/4S and etc. records in MPEG-4 and outputs its files as MOV or MP4 files (the container). The codec that the iPhone uses is H.264 and it can’t be supported well by FCP. Even if you can drop the iPhone MOV footage to Final Cut Pro directly, some problems were always around you. You’ll find the audio doesn’t import, the video is clunky and choppy. Sometimes the video plays upside down and every time you make a minor change you have to render again, which takes forever!

Searching online, I’ve figured out that I need to convert iPhone MOV to something edit-friendly like ProRes 422 for FCP. What’ more, a quick transcode made sense especially for editing in a mixed media project. The common practice for iPhone MOV to FCP 6/7/X workflow is getting a great iPhone video converter like Pavtube Video Converter for Mac (review) and converting iPhone MOV to Apple ProRes, the well-acknowledged optimal editing format for FCP 6/7/X. It ensures maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with Final Cut Pro.

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Follow the steps below to finish the iPhone MOV to ProRes MOV conversion for FCP 6/7/X editing on Mac (El Capitan is included):

Step 1: Launch the Video Converter on your Mac, and then click the “Add video” button to import your MOV videos from iPhone directly. In order to import several files at one time, you can click “Add from folder” button.

Step 2: Click the “Format” bar to get the drop-down menu and you can get “Final Cut Pro>>Apple ProRes codec”,including ProRes 422, ProRes 422 (HQ), ProRes 422 (LT), ProRes 422 (Proxy) and ProRes 4444. Choose the proper one you want.

Step 3: Press the “Settings” icon and you’d better set the video frame rate as 30fps, video size as 1920*1080 for editing iPhone MOV in FCP 6/7/X easily.

Step 4: Now, click “Convert” and let it go. The iPhone Video Converter for Mac supports batch conversion. So if you have lots of iPhone videos to convert, check “Shut down computer after conversion” and you can go away without keeping an eye on it.
Tips: Before you try to do the conversion, if you are also a FCP user, please make sure that you have installed the Apple ProRes Codec manually since the FCP asks users to install it by themselves.

Conclusion: Once the conversion process shows in 100%, click “Open” to get the output videos. Create a project and start editing iPhone MOV in FCP 6/7/X with light speed.

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