Editing iPhone footage in Final Cut Pro

More and more people are becoming fond of recording videos via their iPhone camera in a very convenient way. And the average person are much satisfied with the videos recorded by iPhones. Sure you would liketo upload these videos to YouTube or post them on Facebook to share with your friends and family. Before do this, you may need to edit them to make your videos more attractive. If you edit iPhone footage in Final Cut Pro, there are always the render issues. For example, the video is choopy and clunky, or even can’t load them into FCP timeline. Why this happening?

Why can’t Import iPhone Footage into Final Cut Pro?

Basically, the reason is that the iPhone native record format isn’t a codec that plays well with Final Cut Pro. In fact, the iPhone shoots H.264 1080p HD/30 fps and output its video files as .MOV files( the container) by default. You can also enable 4K video recording in Settings > Phone & Camera. Once 4K video is selected, the iPhone shoots UHD at 30 fps. So the iPhone footage you get is suited to be delivered as is, which is usually not good for editing in Final Cut Pro. To solve this codec incompatibility problem, you may need to take a little time first to convert your iPhone footage into the format and codec that FCP likes, such as Apple ProRes 422 MOV. This tutorial will show you just how to complete this job.

Actually, it is not as difficult as you imagine. What you need is just a professional video converter like Pavtube iMedia Converter for Mac. With this software, you can easily transcode iPhone Footage to Final Cut Pro compatible ProRes encoded MOV files while keeping the original quality. No matter you are using FCP X, FCP 7 or FCP 6, this tool will never let you down. Overall, this application is an easy-to-use video converter with pratical video editing function which can be used under macOS 10.13, macOS Sierra, Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan, Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite, 10.9 Mavericks, 10.8 Mountain Lion, 10.7 Lion, 10.6 Snow Leopard. It is free, clean and safe to install and use. Here is the review.

Now just get the program and follow the step-by-step guide to start the iPhone footage to FCP Apple ProRes 422 MOV conversion task.

If you are a Windows user, you can also turn to the Windows version for help! Below is a guide on how to convert iPhone footage to Final Cut Pro.

How to convert and import iPhone footage to Final Cut Pro?

Step 1: Add iPhone Videos

Connect your iPhone to Mac, hit “Add videos” to load your iPhone captured videos to this program. Or you can drag-and-drop from local drive directly.

Note: Batch conversion is supported, so you can load more than one iPhone Videos to save time.


Step 2: Choose Apple ProRes as output format

Click the format bar to target "Apple ProRes 422(*.mov)" under "Final Cut Pro" option. Apple ProRes is the most suitable editing codec for FCP.

Note: Besides Final Cut Pro, the software can also create files compatible with various non-linear editing systems like Avid Media Composer, iMovie, Adobe Premiere (Pro), and Davinci Resolve, etc.


Step 3: Optimize output profile parameters

Open "Profile Settings" window to adjust the output video codec, size, bit rate, sample rate and audio codec, sample rate, bit rate and channels according to your own preference. Usually 1920*1080 video size and 30fps video frame rate are recommended for Final Cut Pro editing.

profile settings

Step 4: Enter edit mode

When recording videos with iPhone camera, iPhone will rotate the video automatically depends on how you hold it. But when transferring these videos to other devices, you may find your media player cannot play some of them correctly: some are sideways, some are upside down. Just tick and check the iPhone video you want to edit, hit "Edit" icon (the pencil-like button) on the top to open "Video Editor" window.

See the "Rotate" buttons below? Just hit to adjust your iPhone video to correct orientation. Click "OK" to confirm the adjustment.


Note: In the "Video Editor" window, you will find a professional video editing package, including trimming, cropping, spliting, merging, adding subtitles, etc.

Step 5: Start iPhone footage to Final Cut Pro conversion

After all necessary settings, hit the big red "Convert" button to start the iPhone footage to ProRes MOV conversion process. Once the conversion process finished, click "Open output folder" to get the output videos. Then you can follow this guide on how to Import Video Files to FCP to create a project and start editing iPhone footage in Final Cut Pro with ease.

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