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Import and Edit Canon EOS 80D MOV files in FCP 7, Final Cut Pro X on Mac OS X

This post introduces a simple and direct way to import Canon EOS 80D H.264 MOV video to FCP 7, FCP X for editing smoothly.

Canon 80D camera powered features DIGIC 6 image processor that not only improves the overall speed of the camera but it also give cleaner low light images thanks to the updated image processing algortihm. The camera can shoot Full HD videos at 60 fps on the other side the Canon 70D was limited to 30fps only.

Best Video: H.264 QuickTime MOV
1080/30p, 25p, 24p; MP4: 1080/60p, 30p

Some users reported that shooting is just perfect but it is a pain while importing Canon 80D h.264 MOV footage to FCP X/7. Any possible solution?

While searching for solutions to import editing Canon EOS 80D MOV in Final Cut Pro, some guys present a practical way. The basic reason why we can’t get FCP work with Canon 80D videos is that the H.264 encoded MOV files from Canon 80D are not acceptable by FCP. Since FCP is designed to work best with ProRes codec, the easy workaround supplied here is to use a 3rd-party software to convert Canon 80D MOV to ProRes codec for FCP X, FCP 7.

In order to keep the video quality as well as finish the Canon MOV Final Cut Pro task as quickly as possible, a Video Converter for Mac is in use. We at Brorsoft naturally recommends the ProRes Converter: Video Converter for Mac. With it, you also can easily transfer all popular formats like MP4, H.264, MXF, MTS, AVCHD, VOB, MPG, etc. to Apple ProRes 422, ProRes 4444 in Mac with a few clicks. Below is the step by step guide.

(Note: Click here for OS X 10.5)

The Steps: Converting Canon EOS 80D MOV footage for Final Cut Pro

Step 1: Load EOS 80D footage to the software

Install and launch Brorsoft Video Converter mac, and then click "Add" button to browse to EOS 80D MOV footage either from cam HDD or SD card or drag the footage from your 80D camera to the program.

Step 2: Select output format
Click on "Format" bar set an Apple ProRes format. You are advised to "Follow Final Cut Pro" template and choose "Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)". If you prefer smaller file size, choose "Apple ProRes 422 (LT) (*.mov)" instead. The "Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy) (*.mov)" format offers file size at SD levels and is recommended for 480i/p and 576i/p shootings.

Tip: If you are a FCP 6 or former version user, you only can choose ProRes 422 and ProRes 422 HQ as the output format.

Step 3: Choose proper parameters in Settings

Click the "Settings" button and customize proper video/ audio parameters if necessary. E.g. Set video size to 1920*1080 or set smaller bitrate to further cut down export file size. You may skip this step as well.

Step 4: Start converting Canon MOV to ProRes codec
Click "Convert" to start transferring EOS 80D mov files to Apple ProRes 422 codec for Final Cut Pro. The conversion process may take long time but it will not bother to render in FCP. After conversion just click the "Open" button to locate converted Canon EOS 80D footage for FCP post-production.

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