How can I import .hvr files into FCP X?

Did FCP X fail to open a HVR file? If you are having issues editing .hvr files in Final Cut Pro X, you may wish to read this post. It explains a workaround to get FCP X working with HVR files smoothly.

FCP X won’t import my HVR files

“Hi there, hope someone can help. I received a bundle of .hvr files from my client. I need to edit them in FCP X but FCP X won’t import them. Is there anything I can do to go through this? Any information is appreciated. I’d also be happy with a third party solution just for bringing in HVR files into FCP X. Thanks!”

If for whatever reason you are unable to open .hvr files in FCP X, we would recommend using a 3rd party converter to transcode HVR files to FCP X preferred ProRes codec prior. Here’s how.

How to convert HVR files to ProRes for FCP X editing?

Here’s what you need
HD Video Converter for Mac
FCP X failed to open a HVR file

Follow these steps:
Step 1: Run HD Video Converter for Mac as a professional HVR to ProRes 422 Converter. When its main interface comes up, click ‘Add File’ to load source video to it.
issues editing .hvr files in Final Cut Pro X

Step 2: Select ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as output format for opening with FCP X
From the ‘Profile’ list, 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 X. When loading them into Final Cut Pro X, you needn’t wait for a long time for rendering.
get FCP X working with HVR files
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 HVR video files to ProRes conversion.

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

To import the transcoded files into Final Cut Pro X, navigate to File > Import > Media. In the window that comes up select your transcoded ProRes clips. DO NOT check “Create Optimized Media” OR “Create Proxy Media”. Both of these check boxes are unnecessary because we already converted the media to ProRes which means Final Cut Pro X can use the footage without “optimizing” it. Checking this box would create a redundant and time consuming second transcode of your footage.

You’re now ready to edit!

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