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How to Import Video from Your Camcorder to Final Cut Pro

Via Final Cut Pro (or Final Cut Express), you can creatively make you own masterpiece with your own shots. And this tutorial will show you how to import your video from digital camera and camcorder to Final Cut Pro in detail. And the preference set for video input here is Apple FireWire.

To import camcorder video to Final Cut Pro, you can:

  1. Hook up your camcorder to the Mac with a proper FireWire cable;
  2. Set your cam in the VCR mode;
  3. From the File menu of the Final Cut Pro, click New Project;
  4. Import your video clips to the project from your camcorder;

But not all camcorders and digital cameras are supported by Final Cut Pro due to the format limitations of the Mac video editor. To check out if your camcorder is compatible with the tool, you can read the supported camera list from Apple:

Final Cut Pro X is compatible with most MiniDV tape-based camcorders using DV and HDV formats, which use a FireWire (also known as IEEE 1394 or i.LINK) cable to transfer video. If you have imported video into iPhoto or Aperture from a digital still camera, you can drag compatible video clips from iPhoto or Aperture directly to an Event in the Final Cut Pro X Event Library or a project in the Timeline.

So what if your camcorder is excluded by the Final Cut Pro? Or your video formats are incompatible with the editor? Here are the solution:

  1. Connect camcorder to Mac;
  2. Copy the content from your camcorder to the Mac;
  3. Convert the camcorder video format to Final Cut Pro compatible format (List of supported formats of iMovie, Final Cut X.)

To convert camcorder to Final Cut Pro, iSkysoft Video Converter for Mac here is used. This Mac app is great in converting video and audio in any popular format including AVCHD (MTS/M2TS), AVI, MOV, MP4, MKV, FLV and more. It has superb fast conversion speed and provides loss-less output video quality:

  1. Drag and drop your camcorder videos to the Mac Video Converter;

    camcorder to Final Cut Pro

  2. Set the output format. The Mac program provides some optimized presets for popular devices and apps including Final Cut Pro, i.e, you here can directly choose the FCP preset from the output formats list;
  3. Click the Convert button at the bottom of the main interface to start to convert Camcorder to Final Cut Pro.
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