Rip and Import DVD to Final Cut Pro 6/7/X

As an ideal video editing tool, Final Cut Pro is widely used by video professionals and hobbyists. How could we load DVD to Final Cut Pro 6/7/X? DVD videos are saved in discs with special format (VOB). And some commercial DVDs are encrypted to copy videos from. We can not import DVD to Final Cut Pro directly. This article will teach you how to rip and load DVD in FCP X/7/6 without problem with two choices below.

Load DVD in FCP 

First Choice - Convert DVD to FCP with top DVD to FCP Converter from Dimo

To load DVD movies to FCP for editing, you'd better rip DVD to FCP compatible video formats first with a powerful third party program. Here Dimo Video Converter Ultimate for Mac is highly recommended with powerful functions to rip copy protected and non-protected DVD to Apple Prores 422, ProRes 422 LT/ProRes 444/ProRes 422 Proxy for FCP on Mac (macOS High Sierra included) within several clicks. It's very easy to use with its user-friendly interface.

What's more, besides DVD, it also supports transcoding Blu-ray, AVI, H.264, H.265, MKV, MOV, etc. for editing in NLEs like Adobe Premiere Pro, FCP, FCE, Avid Media Composer, etc. and playing on portable devices. Now, download the program and then follow the steps and tips on how to convert DVD to FCP for further editing with Dimo DVD to FCP converter.

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Rip and Load DVD for Editing in Final Cut Pro 6/7/X

Note: If you are FCP X users, before you try to do the conversion, don't forget to make sure that you have installed the Apple ProRes Codec manually since the FCP X asks users to install it by themselves.

DVD to FCP Ripper for Mac

Step 1. Load DVD file

Install and run the DVD to FCP Ripper for Mac, insert your DVD disc into the DVD-ROM. Then click the "Add DVD" button to have your DVD file uploaded to the program. All movie titles will be detected and listed in few seconds after analyzing and you can select your desired audio track.

Step 2. Set output format

Click "Select Format" and choose "Final Cut Pro X" or "Final Cut Pro 7" as output format from the "Editor" category under "Format", which can be the most compatible video format for FCP X/7/6.


a. FCP 7 and above users can also choose ProRes 422(LT)/ProRes 444/ProRes 422(Proxy) to meet your own demands.

b. Click "Setting" to customize the output parameters- adjust the video size, bitrate, frame rate, audio sample rate, audio channel, etc to get a decent video for editing in Final Cut Pro X/7/6.

FCP video settings 

Step 3: Retouch and Edit video files

Click the "Edit" button to open the video edit window. You can flip, trim, add watermarks, set some special video effects, create 3D to make them look greater!

Step 4: Start Conversion

Since all episodes of a TV series DVD are loaded automatically, you can choose the main movie title (the longest one) and tap the "Start" button to start encoding DVD to ProRes for FCP. After the conversion, you can get the encoded file via "Open". Now, you are able to open the transcoded DVD files in FCP for further editing without any issue.


a. How to import DVD into FCP? Open FCP, select Import and choose file to import converted mov video to FCP. Then, you can start video editing within FCP upon your needs.

b. If you wanna import edited DVD movies from FCP to iPhone or iPad for sharing, Dimo DVD to ProRes Converter Mac offers a free way to mirror your local files to mobile device once your iPhone/iPad and Mac are in the same network. And the first thing is to convert FCP output video to iPhone iPad iOS devices. So in the output format window, you should choose "Apple" from "Device" and then the DVD movies are converted to iPhone iPad formats. Windows version is here which can also rip DVD to FCP friendly prores codec.

Second Choice - Convert DVD to FCP with Handbrake (For Homemade DVDs) 

If you are the one who're looking for a DVD to FCP converter to convert homemade DVDs to FCP, then Handbrake is also worth your attention. Handbrake, as we all know, is powerful to free rip DVD to FCP accepted H.264 formats. And it's quite easy to handle.

Rip DVD to FCP with Handbrake

Step 1: Free download and install Handbrake before converting & importing DVD to FCP. 
Step 2: Opt for the source DVD you want to convert to FCP (homemade DVD only). 
Step 3: Choose a Title and Chapters. 
Step 4: Select the destination folder for output DVD files storage. 
Step 5: Adjust parameter settings if you need, including video codec, frame rate, bit rate, etc. 
Step 6: Click "RUN" button and this free DVD to FCP converter will go into action to convert and import DVD to FCP supported MP4 M4V formats. 

Tips: After DVD ripping or DVD editing with FCP on Mac, you are in a great demand to send DVD movies to iPhone iPad for watching on the road, you can resort to Dimo Video Converter Ultimate for Mac to accomplish this task. It provides with world's fastest speed to share movies, videos, music, Ringtones and more from Mac to iPhone iPad iPod wirelessly.

Below is a video tutorial:

Third Choice - Use DVD in FCP with MPEG Streamclip (Need a DVD Ripper)


Before you begin: Make a project folder, and keep all the files pertaining to that project in the same folder. This keeps you from scattering files all over your disk and makes the project easy to relocate to another drive.

1. Download Dimo Video Converter Ultimate for Mac and use it to copy & decrypt the DVD file on the disc to your hard drive. Eject the disc when done to avoid confusion. When it's done, you may want to open the resulting VIDEO_TS folder with the DVD Player application to see if the rip was successful- fast forward to the end to make sure you have the entire disc.

2. Download and use MPEG Streamclip to open the files you just created. Choose "open all" when asked, uncheck the box that says "do not skip frames" and click fix now when asked about timecode breaks.

3. At this point, you can optionally use I and O, and the usual JKL playback controls just like in FCP to select which scene you want. Otherwise, just convert the entire movie.

4. Choose File > Export to Quicktime (not DV!) Select settings to match the attached screen shot, and click Make Movie.

Use MPEG Streamclip

*-Notes: if you have FCP 6 or 7, and you have plenty of free disk space, pick ProRes 422 instead of DV from the popup menu at the top. This will give you much better picture quality. If you are sure that your source material is already deinterlaced, unselect all the options in the interlacing section and you'll get better results.

5. Import to FCP. If you imported a widescreen movie, there is one last step- select the clip in the browser, and press command-9 for item settings. Find where it says "anamorphic" and check the box (see screen shot). If you don't, the aspect ratio will be wrong!

Load videos in FCP

6. When you add the first clip to the timeline, click Yes when asked if you want to conform the sequence settings to match the clip (assuming the ripped material will be your primary source of footage). Viola!

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