Can I use Canon 7D Mark II MOV files directly in FCP 7? If not, what should I do to go about this? This post will give an answer to your question. It displays a workaround to convert 7D Mark II MOV files to ProRes 422 for editing in FCP 7.
How can I import Canon 7D Mark II MOV files to FCP 7?
“Hi there, recently I’ve just switched from the T2i to Canon 7D Mark II. I shot some MOV files on my new 7D Mark II which I want to edit in Final Cut. I have FCP 7 on my iMac (it has a bunch of RAM) and my video files are 1920×1080, h264 codec shot at 60p (59.94 fps). When playing them back in FCP 7, every video stutters (the audio plays normally) and I can’t edit. Searched a lot, but couldn’t find a solution to fix my problem. I do not know what is going on! My original .mov files are fine, it is only once I import to final cut 7 that they get choppy, please someone help!!!”
MOV is just a container which can hold a wide range of codecs. Canon 7D Mark II uses H.264 codec to compress video shootings and stores them in an MOV wrapper. The H.264 is a format good for capture and delivery, but not a good editing codec. To be able to use 7D Mark II H.264 MOV files in FCP 7 fluidly, we do recommend converting then to a format the FCP 7 supports, such as Apple ProRes 422 – FCP’s native editing codec, which FCP 7 will recognize and handle well. This requires third party solutions like HD Video Converter for Mac.
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7D Mark II and FCP 7 – how to transcode 7D Mark II MOV files to ProRes 422 for FCP 7 in a fast way?
Follow these steps:
Step 1: Run HD Video Converter for Mac as a professional 7D Mark II MOV to FCP 7 Converter. When its main interface comes up, click ‘Add File’ to load source video to it.
Step 2: Select ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as output format for opening with FCP 7
From the Format bar, move to ‘Final Cut Pro’ catalogue, and select ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as target format. Apple ProRes is the best suited editing codec for FCP 7 and its former version FCP 6 and the most recent version FCPX. When loading them into FCP (X), you needn’t wait for a long time for rendering. To create smaller files, transcode your source files to Apple ProRes 422 (LT).
Apple ProRes 422 – Higher quality than Apple ProRes 422 (LT);
Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) – Keep original video quality for editing in FCP;
Apple ProRes 422 (LT) – Get a smaller file sizes than Apple ProRes 422;
Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy) – SD levels – 480i/p and 576i/p. Used in offline workflows.
Apple ProRes 4444 – Edit and finish 4:4:4 material.
Important: If you’ve loaded a number of video clips to do batch conversion, please do remember ticking off ‘Apply to All’ option before you start.
Step 3: Adjust video and audio settings (for advanced users)
If necessary, you can click ‘Settings’ button and go to ‘Profiles Settings’ panel to modify video and audio settings like video encoder, resolution, video bit rate, frame rate, aspect ratio, audio encoder, sample rate, audio bit rate, and audio channels. 3D settings are also available.
Step 4: Click ‘Convert’ to start 7D Mark II MOV files to ProRes MOV conversion.
Step 5: Click ‘Open Folder’ to get generated ProRes QuickTime files for transferring and editing in Final Cut Pro 7 with optimum performance.
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