Convert .mov to something compatible with Final Cut?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by thebutler1, Dec 15, 2009.

  1. thebutler1 macrumors newbie

    Feb 17, 2009
    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


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    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

    Jun 8, 2009
    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

    Jun 29, 2008
    It will almost certainly not be MPEG-2. MPEG-4, yes, but not MPEG-2.
  5. jbuk macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2009
    Maybe not almost certainly, but a number of JVC cameras record to MPEG-2 in a quicktime container.

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