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How to Convert to MP4 in Final Cut Pro

How to Convert to MP4 in Final Cut Pro    

Chances are you're getting a "File Error" message when you're trying to import an MP4 to Final Cut Pro. This is typically due to codec issues that make it difficult for the software to "read" the file. In order to edit your video, you must learn how to convert MP4 to Final Cut Pro. Sit back and chill for a minute as we break things down for you.

Change the Codec

The earlier versions of Final Cut Pro don't import or convert MP4. The latest versions, such as 7 and X, can import the file as long as it's encoded in H.264. Nevertheless, it's still recommended that you change the codec. This means you need an Apple-friendly editing codec like the following:
  • Apple Intermediate Codec
  • ProRes
  • DNxHD
  • DV
A Converter

How do you convert the MP4? Ah, yes, that's the million dollar question and we have a million dollar answer. Simply put, you need a converter software program. There are plenty of applications on the market that enable you to convert MP4 to Final Cut Pro. All you have to do is run a Google search for "MP4 to FCP converter" or something similar to see what's available. To simplify things a bit, let's take a look at the Wondershare Video Convert Ultimate as an example. It's compatible with Windows and Mac, including macOS Sierra.

Conversion in Action

Here's a step-by-step process of how to use Wondershare's converter for your MP4 file:

1. Download and open the converter program.
2. Go to the Convert section. Click Add Files. A dialogue window appears o you can select your file. Click the Open button and the file automatically loads into the converter. 
3. In the Convert section, click on Editing. A drop-down list appears showing various output formats. Choose Final Cut Pro, Apple Intermediate Codec or DNxHD. This enables you to edit the MP4 in your video editor.
4. Choose the High-Speed Conversion; then click Convert All.
5. Select the Converted tab. You should see your video listed. Click on the folder icon next to it to see where your file is located. Now, all that's left is importing it into Final Cut Pro.

You see, that wasn't so bad, was it? In less than five minutes you can convert MP4 to Final Cut Pro. Sure, it's an extra step when it comes to editing your projects, but it's well worth it because you get to show the world that you're a movie-making rock star. 
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