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Edit Bandicam Recorded Files in FCP, iMovie and FCE

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For some people who usually record their game videos or other full Desktop screen record, this Bandicam Recording software totally works well.  Bandicam is the most advanced screen recording software on the planet for screen, game and webcam capture. The install space is small but output quality is very sharp. The recorded videos came from Bandicam usually goes to AVI or MP4. There are some occasions that you may want to edit the recorded video on Mac with Final Cut Pro, iMovie or Final Cut Express before sharing with others. However, when you try to import Bandicam recorded file to FCP/iMovie/FCE,you will find the Mac apps return the error said that file or folder is not suitable for import. Why this happened? Let’s start with saving Bandicam recorded file as MP4 file.

As you know, MP4 is most compatible and widely used format in this world. You fail to import MP4 to FCP/iMovie/FCE due to MP4 is just a container and covers different codec. What codec Bandicam MP4 may include? Keep reading.

  Bandicam Video – Codec

Codecs are a kind of video compression format. If you use a higher compression codec, you can get a small video file, but the video quality might be poor. 

  • HEVC: HEVC (H.265) is better at compression (The file size of HEVC is smaller than H.264 if the video quality is the same). Some media players don’t support HEVC. HEVC uses more CPU usage.
  • H.264: H.264 is one of the most popular codecs for the recording, compression, and distribution of high definition video. This codec will allow you to record the target in high speed and high compression ratio with an excellent quality.
  • XVID: XVID is used for portable devices like the Galaxy S mobile phone. The XVID codec offers a good quality of video and uses less CPU time than MPEG-1.
  • MPEG-1: MPEG-1 is the most widely compatible lossy audio/video format in the world. Most media players and YouTube support the MPEG-1 codec. The MPEG-1 codec offers a good quality of video and uses much less CPU than other codecs.
  • Motion JPEG: Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) is an informal name for a class of video formats. It is compressed as JPEG images. If you want to edit the recorded streaming video in Sony Vegas (or Adobe Premiere Editor), you should choose this codec. The file size is quite big.
  • YV12: Due to the fact that YV12 doesn’t compress video, the video quality is better than MPEG-1/XVID. However, the file size is much bigger than MPEG-1/XVID (The file size is smaller than RGB24)
  • RGB24: Due to the fact that RGB24 doesn’t compress video, the video quality is better than MPEG-1/XVID. However, the file size is much bigger than MPEG-1/XVID (The file size is bigger than YV12)
  • External Codec: Bandicam codecs are able to compress the video while recording and use much lower CPU/GPU/RAM than other codecs. However, if you want to get better quality videos or make smaller videos, you could try the [External Codec] option of Bandicam.
  • VBR: VBR (Variable bitrate) allows a higher bitrate to be allocated to the more complex segments of media files while less space is allocated to less complex segments. If you check VBR, you can get a better quality-to-space ratio compared to a CBR (Constant bitrate) file of the same data.
  • Bitrate (kbps): Bitrate represents the amount of information. If you un-check VBR, you can choose bitrate (3.5 Mbit/s: Standard-definition television quality, 9.8 Mbit/s: DVD, 8 to 15 Mbit/s: HDTV quality)

So it is common that you can not import some Bandicam MP4 to FCP, iMovie and FCE for further editing. To fix the issues, the easy workaround is to convert Bandicam recorded video to a more editing-friendly format. Here is how to do it.

Before that you have to get a third-part assistant, Pavtube iMedia Converter for Mac is highly recommended. This program features high efficiency and seamless conversion. With it, you can do batch conversion from AVCHD, MTS, AVI, WMV, VOB, MP4, MOV, and more to native codecs – Apple Intermediate Codec, ProRes, DNxHD and more – ensuring maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with iMovie, Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer or Adobe Premiere and more. 

With it, you can effortlessly convert your DVD/Blu-ray files including DVD/Blu-ray discs,  DVD/BD Folder, DVD IFO File, DVD/BD ISO Image File for smoothly importing and editing in various non-linear editing systems (NLE), including After Effects, Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro, iMovie, Avid Media Composer, Davinci Resolve and more.

Easy steps to convert Bandicam recorded file to FCP, iMovie and FCE editable video

Step 1. Import Bandicam recorded file

Download the video converter for Mac from the below button. After the download is over, run it and click "File" to add source Bandicam recorded file into this tool for FCP, iMovie and FCE.

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On the main interface, there is a preview window provided for you to preview the Bandicam recorded file to ensure the files are what you want to rip. You can also take snapshots of the Bandicam recorded file when previewing them.

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Step 2. Select output format

Click "Formats" bar, in the pop-up window, you will find many optimized presets for iMovie, Final Cut Express and Final Cut Pro. Just select the one you need for your editor. By selecting them, you needn’t to adjust the video settings like video format, video resolution, frame rate and more by yourself.

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Tip: You can click the "Settings" button and customize proper video/audio parameters including Video size, bitrate and fame rate and more.

Step 3. Start conversion

Click on the "Convert" button which is red in right bottom screen to start converting Bandicam recorded file to Final Cut Pro, iMovie, Final Cut Express. Just wait for the process to finish. After that, you can get the converted videos and just open the Final Cut Pro/iMovie/Final Cut Express and import the converted videos for editing.


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