Convert .mov to something compatible with Final Cut?

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  1. thebutler1 macrumors newbie

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    So I've never encountered this problem before, but I'm trying to edit some video that came off of a camera that encodes everything as a .mov file and final cut pro doesn't recognize .mov files. Is there an easy way to encode these to something else?
     
  2. Nermal Moderator

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    I don't actually have Final Cut, but I'd be amazed if it can't open .mov files. Can you open the files in QuickTime Player? I'm guessing that it's using a codec that you don't have.
     
  3. jbuk macrumors regular

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    If it's .mov, then it will almost certainly be encoded in MPEG-2 or H264, both of which FCP will handle. However, neither of those is an editing codec, and requires a lot of cpu time to decode. Because of this, you should transcode them to AIC or ProRes using QuickTime Pro, MPEG Streamclip or Compressor.

    You -may- also need to install something like the Perian QuickTime component to get them to play, but probably not.

    Out of curiosity, what camera is it?
     
  4. jackerin macrumors 6502a

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    It will almost certainly not be MPEG-2. MPEG-4, yes, but not MPEG-2.
     
  5. jbuk macrumors regular

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    Maybe not almost certainly, but a number of JVC cameras record to MPEG-2 in a quicktime container.
     

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