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Canon to FCP – importing Canon videos to Final Cut Pro (X)

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As a great non-linear video editing application, Final Cut Pro has gained the favor of different people, from video hobbyists, independent filmmakers to film and television editors. Final Cut Pro provides non-linear, non-destructive editing of any QuickTime compatible video format including DV, HDV, P2 MXF (DVCProHD), XDCAM, and 2K film formats. Seems powerful enough? Even so, users always encounter troubles when importing clips shot by different cameras or camcorders, like Canon Vixia AVCHD, etc. In that way, you have to consider transferring Canon video to FCP compatible file types before importing, such as Apple ProRes 4444, Apple ProRes 422 (HQ), Apple ProRes 422, Apple ProRes 422 (LT), and Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy).  


Now that we’ve talked about importing, I’d like to say something different between Final Cut Pro 7 and the newest Final Cut Pro X.
canon to fcp

In Final Cut Pro 7, both the “Log and Transfer” and “Log and Capture” functions are replaced by the “Import from Camera” function.  

Final Cut Pro 7


Final Cut Pro X

Log and Transfer


Import from Camera

Log and Capture

Import from Camera


Import Files


Three ways are available for importing.  
1. Importing from File-Based Cameras
2. Importing from FireWire Cameras and Decks
3. Importing Files - You can import files into Final Cut Pro X by choosing Import > Files or by dragging files directly into the Event Library. You don’t need to specify whether you’re importing an individual file or a folder, as you do in Final Cut Pro 7.  


Understanding the similarities and differences between Final Cut Pro 7 and Final Cut Pro X will allow you to work faster than ever with this new breakthrough application.


Back to the point, if you have troubles while importing different Canon videos to FCP, what to do? As we’ve mentioned at the beginning, you have to consider converting Canon footage to FCP workable format before importing. Indeed, there are numbers of Canon video converter software in the market. Choosing a good converter or a bad one will decide the quality of your editing material, so it’s serious. Aunsoft Canon video converter for Mac will never let you down. It not only provides expert format preset for Final Cut Pro, but also offers profiles for other commonly-used video editing programs running on Mac OS X, including iMovie, Final Cut Express, Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere, and Sony Vegas. More than that, if you wanna cut some Canon footage for watching on iPad, iPhone, Apple TV, iTouch, Aunsoft Canon footage converter will also help you realize the goal.
canon footage to fcp x

To encode Canon recordings to FCP for editing, three steps are enough.  
Step 1: Import Canon footage to Aunsoft Canon video converter for Mac software.
Step 2: Select output format for FCP (X).
Step 3: Convert Canon footage to FCP compatible format.


Additional Tips - with Aunsoft Mac Canon Video Converter , you can do more:
- convert Canon AVCHD files to FCP editable format
- transfer Canon EOS DSLR H.264 MOV for Final Cut Pro
- transcode Canon MXF to QT MOV, Apple ProRes, AIC, DNxHD, etc.   
- downsize 1080p Canon footage to 720p


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