How can I work with FLV video files in FCP?

Can’t load FLV files downloaded from YouTube to FCP version 6, 7 or FCP X for further editing? If so, you may have interest in this post. It introduces an easy-to-use converter app to help you convert FLV video to ProRes 422 for use in FCP without extra rendering process required.
load FLV files downloaded from YouTube to FCP
If you intend to import some FLV clips to FCP version 6, 7 or FCP X for editing, I’m afraid that you will need third party converter app to convert them first. That’s because Final Cut doesn’t comes with native support for FLV files you downloaded from YouTube, Google Video, MySpace etc. To be able to edit FLV files in FCP directly and smoothly, we would recommend using HD Video Converter for Mac to get access to file conversion. This little app features intuitive and straightforward interface, coming with powerful ability to transcode FLV files to Apple ProRes 422 codec for working with Final Cut natively with optimum performance. More than creating optimal editing files for use in FCP, it can also produce best suited editing format for use in iMovie, Avid Media Composer, Final Cut Express, Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Premiere Elements, Sony Vegas, Pinnacle Studio, and more. Plus, it is capable of converting FLV files to MP4, MOV, MPEG or other formats fit for playing, sharing or DVD burning. Read on to find a step-by-step guide on how to encode FLV movies to ProRes 422 for FCP editing.

[Guide] How to convert FLV to ProRes for FCP (X)?

Download a demo version of HD Video Converter for Mac
convert FLV video to ProRes 422

Then follow these steps:
Step 1: Install and run HD Video Converter for Mac as a professional FLV to ProRes Converter. When its main interface comes up, click ‘Add File’ to load source video to it.
import some FLV clips to FCP

Step 2: Select ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as output format for opening with FCP
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 6, FCP 7 and its most recent version FCP X. When loading them into FCP 6/7/X, you needn’t wait for a long time for rendering.
edit FLV files in FCP directly
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 FLV video files to Apple ProRes conversion.

Step 5: Click ‘Open Folder’ to get generated ProRes 422 QuickTime files for transferring and editing in Final Cut Pro 7/6/X with optimum performance.

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