Import MPG to FCPX-transcode MPG to ProRes 422 for FCPX editing

Couldn’t import video files in MPG format to FCP X for further editing? If so, you may have interest in this post. It explains a way of converting MPG files to ProRes 422 codec for use in FCP X smoothly without any hassles.
import video files in MPG format to FCP X
How can I import MPG video into FCP X for editing
“Hi, there, I have several MPG video clips which I want to edit in FCP X. I’m now confused as to how to import / work with the .mpg files in FCPX. It seems that FCP X does not support MPG media at all. Do I need to transcode the files using third party software? If so, what’s the best MPG converter for FCPX that would produce optimal files for use in FCP X without visible quality loss?

FCP X doesn’t have native support for MPG video files. If you want to edit MPG videos in FCP X, you will need to use third party software to do format conversion. HD Video Converter for Mac is a smart choice to do the trick. It is able to convert MPG files to FCP X preferred ProRes codec without quality loss. This MPG to ProRes converter offers a couple of ProRes formats for users to choose from, including Apple ProRes 422, Apple ProRes 422 (HQ), Apple ProRes 422 (LT), Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy), and Apple ProRes 4444, you can select one as target format depending on your requirement in post production.
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.

Here’s a quick guide on how to transcode MPG to ProRes for use in FCP X via using this converter app.

[Guide] How to encode MPG material to ProRes codec for FCP X editing?

Software requirement
HD Video Converter for Mac
converting MPG files to ProRes 422 codec for use in FCP X

Download, install and run HD Video Converter for Mac, then follow these steps:
Step 1: Run HD Video Converter for Mac as a professional MPG to FCP X Converter. When its main interface comes up, click ‘Add File’ to load source video to it.
import MPG video into FCP X for editing

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 and its previous version FCP 7. When loading them into Final Cut, you needn’t wait for a long time for rendering.
encode MPG material to ProRes codec for FCP X
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 MPG 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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