Open the source file that you downloaded in QuickTime Player 7, and then in QT7 go to the menu Window > Show Inspector.
When the Inspector Pane appears, either take a screen shot of the Inspector Pane and post that here, or post back and report what the Inspector Pane says about the file.
"mov" is a container, like saying "box". Need to find out what is in the box to determine how to transcode it to a file that is useable in FCP.
You have my thanks Meg for such a quick response! Ok then let me tell you what the inspector lists...
Format: H.264, 864 x 480, Millions AAC, 2 channels, 44100 Hz
Data Size: 110.7 MB
Data Rate: 2,169.25 kbit/s
Current Size: 864 x 480 (Actual)
Hope this helps you out! I feel so frustrated and would love to get this solved! Thanks again for your help!
You can't use H.264 in FCP. There hundreds of posts here that explain why.
You need to convert to a FCP friendly codec - see the list in Easy Setup. I would go with ProRes LT if it's just the one clip or convert to a codec that matches the rest of the footage if combining it in an edit.
You can do the conversion in Compressor - you already have it. A very powerful tool with lots of options and well worth the time it takes to learn.
If you want something simpler, MPEG Streamclip is free and easy to use. Read this short tutorial: http://www.secondchairvideo.com/?p=694
iFunia and the various clones of it like Wondershare etc have a bad rap around here. They cost money and don't do anything that Compressor and MPEG Streamclip can't do already. They even pay spammers to sign up on forums just to push their product.