H.264 .MP4: Putting your footage into Final Cut Pro

Copy entire contents of your card to an appropriately titled folder on your hard drive. Once it has finished copying, open Final Cut Pro and create a new project by going to File > New Project.


Go to File > Save Project As… and save your new project with a descriptive title (e.g., include the show you are working on and the segment’s title).


Set your scratch disk to the appropriate hard drive (either your own external hard drive or an internal drive on the computer) by going to Final Cut Pro > System Settings.


Click Set (highlighted in green below) and navigate to your preferred drive. When you’re done, click OK.


Open Compressor. Drag the .mp4 files you want to edit from Finder to the box in Compressor that reads Drag a File to Create a Job.


Go to Edit > Select All.


Look for the Settings window in Compressor (shown above as the bottom left window). If it did not automatically open with Compressor, go to Window > Settings.


Then open the folder Apple > Formats > Quicktime, select the Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) setting file and drag it to all your selected video files.


Click on Destinations tab (next to Settings) Click the plus (+) button in the upper right corner of the Destinations window. Navigate to the location you want to save your files, select it and click Open.


This will create a custom destination in the Custom folder. Select all of your video files in the main window. Drag the destination you just created onto all your video files. Click Submit in the lower right corner of the main window. Wait while all your files process.


Once they are finished, select all of the files in Finder and drag them into a new bin in your Final Cut Pro Project. Then drag your footage from the bin into your sequence.

Now you are ready to edit! Read the next tutorial after you’ve finished editing.