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Use Final Cut Pro X to load Videos, Photos and Audios from your DSLR

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Many of today’s DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) cameras can shoot not only great images, but also outstanding high-definition video. And when you’re ready to edit video that you’ve shot with a DSLR, Final Cut Pro X makes browsing, selecting, importing, and backing up your media—both video and stills—fast and easy, even if you’ve already used another application to move the media onto the computer. Let’s take a look at the options you have for importing media shot with a DSLR into Final Cut Pro X. (Learn iMovie or Premiere importing tips)

import media files to fcp

Note: Before you start shooting, be sure your camera and video format work with Final Cut Pro. To do this, visit this page to see Final Cut Pro X supported cameras, the page lists all supported cameras and devices. It is always better to discover problems with your gear before you shoot, rather than afterward.

How to import videos into Final Cut Pro X without rendering?

Step 1. Launch Final Cut Pro X; connect your camera to Mac.

Here we test with Final Cut Pro X v10.0.7. Use a USB cable to connect your camera to Mac and keep it on.

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Step 2. Import videos from camera to Final Cut Pro X

Click File>Import>Media, it will pop up an import window; Besides, we can see Final Cut Pro X supports import from camera, iMovie Project, iMovie Event Library; but FCP 6/7 projects are not supported.

import video from camera to fcpx

Find your camera on top left, hit Command and click the clips you want to import.

choose clips to import to fcpx

Step 3. Create new event for this importing or add them to existing event.

After checking all the clips you want to import, hit return and free choose to create new event for FCP X or add to existing event. It offers several options to let you optimize video as FCPX prefers, enable Remove silent channels and so on. Check them as your own needs, and then hit return.

create new project in fcpx

Step 4. Edit clips in Timeline.

After last hit you will find the clips are showed on the left “All Clips” area. Sliding your cursor to trim out a small part in these clips and hit Shift-Y to add them in timeline; or you can right click it and choose “Open in Timeline”. Check the keyboard shortcuts for editing in Final Cut Pro X.

edit video in fcpx timeline

Ok now you successfully import videos from camera to Final Cut Pro, new skills get!

Trouble Shooting:

Well, all the work flow is based on the assumption that your camera/camcorder is recognized by FCPX. What if it doesn’t go through as above?

If your camera or device isn’t recognized; unsupported video formats?

If you’ve connected your camera/camcorder to Mac but the Media Import window doesn’t open, or Final Cut Pro X Can’t control your camera/camcorder, here are some steps that you are suggested to try:

1. Your camcorder or camera should be compatible with Final Cut Pro X.

2. You should ensure the camera/camcorder on and well connected to Mac.

3. If you are importing from flash memory devices or from Mac HDD directly, please ensure the files format is MPEG-2, MPEG-4 or AVCHD which are compatible with Final Cut Pro X.

Still have issues?

Hereby if we want to edit video from a camera that FCP 6/7X doesn’t recognize, at least we need to transcode the videos to formats that FCP likes, so that we can still import them into FCP use a card reader.

a. You can use MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac to convert MTS/M2TS/M2T/TS files into FCP X native Prores .mov. (Here is the full review)

b. Or take MXF Covnerter for Mac as your assistant to encode MXF files to Apple ProRes 422, ProRes 422 HQ or 4444 for FCP. (Refer to the guide here)

c. If your MXF files have 2 audio tracks or more, here is a program named iMixMXF with multi-track preserving and mixing features. You can download the trial version for evaluation!

d. Futhermore, you can use Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac to convert all kinds of video files like MOV/MTS/AVCHD/MXF/MKV/AVI/VOB H.264 footage into Apple Prores codec. From there you can load your converted footage via “File>>Import>>Files…” instantly without long-time rendering. You don’t need the full card structure, just pick up what you want to keep.

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