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How to Import Videos to Final Cut Pro X

This article gives you a full guide on importing footage from camera, SD card, or other storage device into a Final Cut Pro X project on Mac OS X.

How to Import Videos to Final Cut Pro X

Apple's professional-level video editing software, Final Cut Pro X, brings a ton of power in a simple interface to pros and consumers alike. It is designed to work with a wide range of video devices and video types.

You can import and organize your footage into Final Cut Pro X using a few different options. 

Camera or SD card (with camera’s file structure intact)

1. Click File > Import From Camera…



2. Import selected footage.



> You can select multiple clips from the list of footage and click “Import Selected…” to import the entirety of the clips.
> You can set in and out points by adjusting the yellow sliding handles when you click on a single clip and then click “Import Selected…” to import that selection of footage.

3. In the dialog box



- Make sure the appropriate event is selected for “Add to existing Event” or you can create a new event.

- Transcoding

> Make sure the “Create optimized media” box is checked.
> Make sure the “Create proxy media” box is checked

- Video and Audio
> It is recommended to uncheck all of the boxes in these two sections.  All of these options can be applied later during the editing process if needed.

4. Click “Import.”

Flash drive, external hard drive, or other storage device (only video, audio, or image files)

1. Click File > Import > Files…



2. In the Import Files window



- Locate and select your files.

- Make sure the appropriate event is selected for “Add to existing Event” or you can create a new event.

- Organizing
> Make sure the “Copy files to Final Cut Events folder” box is checked.
> Make sure the “Import folders as Keyword Collections” box is checked.

- Transcoding
> Make sure the “Create optimized media” box is checked.
> Make sure the “Create proxy media” box is checked

- Video and Audio
> It is recommended to uncheck all of the boxes in these two sections.  All of these options can be applied later during the editing process if needed.

3. Click “Import.”

In Final Cut Pro X importing guide 2, we’ll take at look at some popular codecs and see how to import and work with them in Final Cut Pro X.

FCP X Release History

 

Version Date Significant Changes
10.0.0 June 21, 2011
  • All new application with redesigned GUI
  • 64 Bit Support
  • An advanced searchable database called the Event Browser that uses Keyword Ranges and Smart Collections for clip sorting.
  • New Magnetic Timeline that abandoned traditional track based NLE paradigms
  • Live Skimmer
  • Filmstrip Thumbnail View
  • Advanced Metadata Views in Clip Info Inspector
  • New Color Board Interface for Color Correction
  • ColorSync with the AV Foundation for accurate color monitoring
10.0.1 September 9, 2011

 

  • Audio Roles for audio and video stem exports
  • XML import and export
  • Xsan support
  • Custom start Timecode for Projects
  • Performance Enhancements and Bug Fixes
10.0.2 November 16, 2011
  • Bug Fixes.
10.0.3 January 31, 2012
  • Multicam Clips, automatic sync, mixed formats and frame rates, up to 64 angles, and new Angle Editor interface
  • Media Relinking
  • Layered Photoshop Documents support
  • Beta Broadcast Monitor Support
  • XML 1.1
  • Performance Enhancements and Bug Fixes
10.0.4 April 10, 2012
  • Performance Enhancements
10.0.5 June 11, 2012
  • Bug Fixes
10.0.6 October 23, 2012
  • Multichannel Audio Editing in the Timeline
  • Unified Import Window. Export Selected Ranges
  • Native Redcode Raw Support
  • MFX support through 3rd party plugin
  • Dual Viewers with Scopes
  • Chapter Markers for video file, DVD, and Blu-ray disc exports
  • Range selections persevered with clips in the Event Browser
  • Paste Attributes option for choosing specific effects to copy between clips
  • Drop shadow effect
  • Compound Clips saved in the timeline save in the Event Browser to be reused in other Projects
  • XML 1.2
  • Blade All Command
  • Performance Enhancements
10.0.7 December 6, 2012
  • Bug Fixes
10.0.8 March 26, 2013
  • Sony XAVC codec support
  • Arri Alexa Log C to Rec 709 LUT
  • Bug Fixes and Performance Enhancements.
10.0.9 July 30, 2013
  • Bug Fixes
10.1.0 December 19, 2013
  • Event and Project Libraries now merged into new Library model
  • Support for Dual GPUs in Mac Pro
  • New 4K title, transition, and generators content
  • External or Internal Media Management options for Libraries
  • Project Snapshots for versioning. Custom Project Frame Sizes
  • Native support for .MTS and .MT2S AVCHD files
  • Used media indicators
  • API for third parties to create custom Share options
  • 4K video Sharing to YouTube
  • Performance Enhancements
10.1.1 January 16, 2014
  • Bug Fixes and Performance Enhancements
10.1.2 June 27, 2014
  • Improved Media Management for Libraries
  • Used Media ranges apply to Compound, Multicam, and Synched Clips
  • Apply LUT corrections to view Log footage from Arri, Blackmagic, Canon and Sony Cameras in Rec. 709 colorspace
  • XML Library Export
  • Automatically create Keywords on Import from Finder Tags
  • 4K video sharing to Vimeo
10.1.3 August 19, 2014
  • Bug Fixes
10.1.4 November 25, 2014
  • Native support for MXF
  • Panasonic AVC-LongG codec support
  • Bug Fixes
10.2.0 April 13, 2015
  • 3D Titles
  • Simultaneously display up to 4 Video Scopes
  • Keying and Shape Masks can be applied to any effect
  • Color Board now merged with new Color Correction effect
  • Support for Panasonic AVC-Ultra, Sony XAVC S, JVC Long GOP codecs
  • GPU-accelerated RED RAW Processing
  • Smart Collections at the Library Level
  • XML 1.5
10.2.1 May 14, 2015
  • Bug Fixes
10.2.2 September 4, 2015
  • Sony XAVC-L, Canon XF-AVC 8-bit, and Panasonic AVC-Intra 4:4:4 codec support
  • Export Interlaced H.264
  • Library Backup on Asset Management Systems
  • Bug Fixes
10.2.3 February 4, 2016
  • Customizable Default Effect
  • 4K Export Preset for Apple Devices
  • Performance Enhancement for SANs
  • Support for XF-AVC codecs
  • Sharing to Multiple YouTube Accounts
  • Bug Fixes

 

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