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Question about mpg and FCP X

359 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Aug 12, 2011 3:38 PM by Emily Chichi RSS
YahYah24 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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Aug 6, 2011 6:52 PM

Hi there,


I would like to know why I can import video straight from my HDR-SR5 into iMovie but I can't in FCP X. 


I don't understand the basics of file formats and containers and all of those technical aspects of how the video comes off the media and goes into FCP.  As a result, I also consider MPEG Streamclip and Compressor to be my mortal enemies.  I know they have the power to do exactly what I need done to make my life easier but I can't, for the life of me, figure out how to use them properly.


My current workflow involves either, avoiding FCP X because I don't understand file formats, OR... importing into imovie, and then importing those files (.mov or .dv) from imovie into FCP X, although I have a feeling some of you pro's may have just choked on your tongues after reading that statement. 


Could someone please explain to me why iMovie accepts the mpeg files from my HDR-SR5 and FCP X won't or can't?


Thanks so much,



iMac 24 2.4 core duo 2TB internal 4GB RAM 8TB external HDDs, Mac OS X (10.6.8), Sony HandyCam Models: HDR-SR5, HDR-HC5, HDR-SR9
  • David Harbsmeier Level 7 Level 7 (29,570 points)
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    Aug 6, 2011 7:22 PM (in response to YahYah24)

    Get Sony Vegas on a Windows system and you'll be happy.



  • still_learning Level 3 Level 3 (785 points)
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    Aug 6, 2011 10:45 PM (in response to YahYah24)

    I don't know about Import from camera because I do not currently have an MPG camera.  However, I was unable to do a normal Import from FCP X on the MPG files I shot on an camera I used to have.  I did try to use the iVl utility ... available from Mac App Store I think ... and it was able to easily convert the MPG files to a file type that FCP X would like and still maintain the quality of image pretty much. So at least you have one, non-iMovie option.  Sorry I could not be of more help. Best wishes.


  • Emily Chichi Level 1 Level 1 (60 points)
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    Aug 12, 2011 1:21 PM (in response to YahYah24)

    hi YahYah. i saw your tweet about this. looks like your camera isnt supported by fcpx so if you don't want to use some compression app, use imovie to import into an event, then open that event in fcpx

  • Emily Chichi Level 1 Level 1 (60 points)
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    Aug 12, 2011 3:38 PM (in response to YahYah24)

    maybe because fcpx makes its own copy of the media so need to make sure you have lots of hard drive space. but after it's in fcpx, if you know you never need it in imovie again, you can go back to imovie, move event to trash + empty trash. also to keep best quality when importing from camera, make sure imovie is set to full original size


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