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AVI and FCP X-Import/Edit AVI files in Final Cut Pro X

Postby jacknjchn » Tue Jun 18, 2013 6:22 am

Summary: To get Final Cut Pro X work with AVI files beautifully, the easy workaround is to transcode AVI to Apple ProRes, which easures the best results when using in FCP X. Here is how-to.


We usually saw Final Cut users encounter importing issues when attempting to edit AVI files with Final Cut Pro X. Let's see some frequently asked questions on this.

Q1: FCP X can't import AVI's???

I had been messing around with some AVI files I had from around 8 years ago and noticed I cannot import them into FCPX - but they import just fine into iMovie. Seems kind of strange that the entry level program can do something that the higher end program can't.

Q2: Final Cut Pro X AVI Problems.

When I import avi video into Final Cut, the preview screen won't work whatsoever, it just stays black, even when the video is fully imported. As soon as I try to play it, Final Cut Pro freezes and I have to force quit it. The rest of the program seems to work fine.

Firstly, does anyone know why it might be doing this and what I can try to solve it?

Secondly, if I can't solve it, can anyone recommend an alternative program I can use?

Wanna to import AVI files to Final Cut Pro X for editing but FCP X doesn't let you do it? Final Cut Pro is famous for its powerful editing features. Unfortunately, AVI is not supported by FCP X. To get AVI files and Final Cut Pro X to play nicely, the easy workaround is to transcode AVI to Apple ProRes, which ensures maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with Final Cut Pro X. Along with some help from professional AVI to ProRes Converter, it can be done. To help those who wanna edit .avi files in Final Cut Pro X, here I share with you a simple guide on how to convert AVI to Apple ProRes MOV format for FCP X.

First of all, download the app - Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac

Overall, the program is a professional yet all-in-one video conversion tool. With it, you can easily rewrap all AVI files to ProRes 422, ProRes 422 HQ or 4444 for using in Final Cut Pro X/7/6. It also provides simple video editing functions for you. Besides, the Mac video converter can convert HD videos from HD camcorders or DVs (like JVC, Panasonic, Sony and Cannon) for editing in Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Pro X, Final Cut Express, iMovie, Avid MC, Adobe Premiere Pro etc. Just download it and follow the tutorial below to get the work done.

Guide: Transcoding AVI to Apple ProRes for Final Cut Pro X

Step 1: Launch the Mac ProRes Conversion program; click "Add" button from main menu to browse your computer hard drive and select the AVI files you want to convert. Or you can easily drag-and-drop files into this application for converting. You can also load video files formatted in .mkv, .wmv, .flv, .vob, etc.


Tip: You can check the “Merge into one” box to merge several avi video files together for easier editing.

Step 2: Click the format bar, and move mouse cursor to "Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)" as output format.


Step 3: Click "Convert" button to start encoding AVI files to Apple ProRes MOV for Final Cut Pro X under Mac OS Mountain Lion.

Some more helpful features of the AVI to FCP Converter for Mac

1. Settings- click to set video resolution(1920×1080/1440×1080/1280×720/720×480), bitrate(from 1Mbps to 20Mbps), frame rate (24p/30p)


2. Editor (next to "Add" icon)- click to set deinterlace, denoise, mute, volume up, trim, crop, etc.

Once the AVI to ProRes 422 conversion is done, you can transfer your AVI files into Final Cut Pro X for editing smoothly on Mac with ease.

Additional Tips
1. If you meet any importing & editing problems with kinds of popular video edit programs like FCP, FCE, iMovie, Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, etc, you can link to Video Editors Tips and Tricks colum to get the solution.

2. If you are a Panasonic, Canon or Sony user, you can get the Full HD video camera tips to fast solve the MOV, AVCHD .mts/m2ts, MXF importing and editing issues.

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Re: AVI and FCP X-Import/Edit AVI files in Final Cut Pro X

Postby lydia622520 » Fri Jun 21, 2013 6:35 am

Summary: Can't import AVI files into Premiere Pro CS5/CS6? Can’t open .AVI files or editing .AVI videos in Adobe Premiere Pro CS5/CS6? In this article, we introduce the easy solution to you.

When you try to import and edit some AVI videos with Adobe Premiere Pro, ever met any file importing and transferring problems? There are two typical issues from the Premiere users quoted as below.

Q1: Playback is jerky

The AVI output files play beautifully in Window Media Player. But when I import the AVI file into Adobe Premier in order to add a voice over and export the finished video into other formats, the playback is very jerky. Rather than a smooth movement of the cursor on the screen, which I see in the original AVI files, it's more like a slideshow with the cursor jumping from place to place.

Q2: Unsupported file format/codec

Just installed Premiere Pro CS6(Mac) on a new machine. I can see and play the AVI files in bridge but when I try to import it says there's a file issue and won't import. Are these files I need to convert to a different format or do I need to add a specific codec to the new machine?

Since we can’t use AVI files in Premiere as source video files and have them look good at all, why not try to convert these AVI to a Premiere Pro most compatible format e.g. MPEG-2. Here I will share the step-by-step guide on transcocding AVI to MPEG-2 for Premiere Pro CS6 on Mac OS X with Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac. It can help you change AVI into a different format (e.g. .mov, .wmv, .mpg) with least quality loss. You should then be able to import the new file into Premiere with smooth editing without any trouble. If you are Windows users, please get the Video Converter. Below is the detailed guide on converting AVI files to Premiere Pro friendly video formats.

Step-by-step guide: How to Convert and Import AVI files to Premiere Pro CS6?

Step 1: Load source AVI clips

Run AVI to Premiere Converter for Mac and you can import AVI clips to the program through "Add Video" button or "Add from folder" button.


Tip: Check the “Merge into one” box to join AIV clips together if you like.

Step 2: Choose Premiere Pro preferred format

This video converter offers optimized format preset for Adobe Premiere. Just click "Format" menu firstly and then follow "Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas" to set MPG, MOV or WMV format.


Tip: In case the default settings do not fit your requirement, you can click "Settings" button and enter "Profile Settings" panel to adjust video size, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channels.

Step 3: Convert AVI to Premiere Pro compatible video

Click "Convert" button to start encoding AVI to .mpg for Premiere Pro CS6. When the conversion task is finished, click "Open" button to get the exported files for transferring to Premiere Pro CS6 with easy playback or editing.

P.S. This AVI to Premiere Pro Converter not only can help you convert .avi to Adobe, but also enables anyone with AVI files to use in any non-linear editor like Final Cut Pro, iMovie, FCE, Avid Media Composer, etc as long as they convert AVI to a recognizable format.

If you have problems when importing or editing your Canon, Sony, Panasonic etc, camera video files, you can check out “Brorsoft Camcorder/Camera Importing Tips” or “FCE, FCP, iMovie Column” to get your solutions.

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