How to import MPG files to Final Cut Pro X/7/6

To Mac users, we will be very familiar with Final Cut Pro and know exactly how to use FCP to edit our recorded or downloaded videos. As a revolutionary video editing tool for Mac users, FCP provides you the most powerful ways to organize/edit your favorite videos. Have you ever got some .mpg files? You may end with failure in importing to Final Cut Pro since MPEG standard files may use different codes.

Edit MPG/MPEG with FCP

If you comes across this situation, the most effective solution you can use is convert .mpg video files to FCP compatible video formats so as to have your .mpg videos up and running in Final Cut Pro. And then you need to get aids of a powerful third party program. There are pretty much a great number of Mac video conversion tools that you may encounter while searching the Internet.

A few to none, however, match the quality and efficiency that you get when using Dimo Video Converter Ultimate for Mac on your computer. With this powerful video converter program, you can effortlessly transcode MPG/MPEG to FCP friendly movie format ProRes (Note: It applies to all versions including FCP X, FCP 6, FCP 7, etc) keeping the original quality. Besides Final Cut Pro, this software can also export AIC for iMovie/FCE, DNxHD for Avid Media Composer and more NLE systems. (Windows version can also create friendly prores codec for FCP) To know how to use it to be able to edit MPG/MPEG in FCP X/7/6 without problem, read on the following steps.

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How to import MPG files to Final Cut Pro X/7/6

MPG to FCP Converter

Step 1. Load MPG/MPEG file 

Install and run the Mac MPEG to FCP Converter. Click "Add file" button on the main interface to load MPG/MPEG video clip one by one. (Dimo can convert formats up to 70+, like MPG, MTS/M2TS, FLV, MOV, M4V, AVI, MP4, WMV, etc.) Double click the video and preview the video including in the built-in player or adjust video volume as you like.

Step 2. Set output format 

Click "Select Format" bar and choose Final Cut Pro 7 or Final Cut Pro X 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 user can choose ProRes 422(LT)/ProRes 444/ProRes 422(Proxy) to meet your own demands. 

b. Click "Settings" 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. 

FCP video settings

c. Before the MPG to FCP Mac conversion, you can trim your video files into segments, clip the videos, adjust or change the video effects, etc. with the built-in video editor. (See detailed steps)

Step 3: Start Conversion 

Tap the "Start" button to start encoding MPG/MPEG to ProRes for FCP. After the conversion, you can get the encoded file via "Open" panel. Now, you are able to open the transcoded MPG/MPEG files in FCP for further editing without any issue by clicking File-Import-Files.

After using converted .mpg files in Final Cut Pro, you might need to convert the finished video back to the .mpg format so you can watch it on any MPG player you may have. So export the finished project with mov format, launch the above FCP to MPG Video Converter from Dimo once more, then drag-and-drop feature to import your .mov file. Head on to the "Format > Video" category to select the "MPEG-2" or "MPEG-2" format. Or you can share finished FCP project on mobile devices wirelessly or make them into ISO files.


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. 

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More about MPEG format

MPEG (pronounced M-peg), which stands for Moving Picture Experts Group, is the name of a family of standards used for coding audio-visual information (e.g., movies, video, music) in a digital compressed format. The major advantage of MPEG compared to other video and audio coding formats is that MPEG files are much smaller for the same quality. This is because MPEG uses very sophisticated compression techniques. MPEG-1, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 are the most commonly used MPEG standards. MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 mostly produce files with the .mpg extension, and MPEG-4 with .mp4 file extension. 

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