4 Replies Latest reply: Oct 11, 2011 12:19 AM by greenfromkansas
varsityrecords1 Level 1 (0 points)



Use to have a Mac Pro and had Fina Cut Pro Studio. Now I have just got a new Macbook Pro (Lion), and have just purchased the new Final Cut Pro X from the App store. I am having problems importing 3gps files into FCP X. I never had a problem with the $1000 version of studio. Does the new FCP X have limitations on what video files are compatible with it? do I need to purchase additional plug-ins etc???




MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.1)
  • James Cude Level 4 (1,345 points)

    Really depends on the specific file type you want to work with. FCP X does not support every single flavor of video FCP 7 did, so it's not a huge surprise if the file you're using is not supported. That said, there's plenty of free third party tools you could use to convert it to a regular QuickTime ProRes file that FCP X would accept. For example- http://www.squared5.com/ would most likely be able to load it. Try and let us know. And if that doesn't work please provide more details about the 3gps file you're using.

  • Tom Wolsky Level 10 (115,600 points)

    FCP7 and earlier did not support 3GP files. You could import them, but they did not work properly in an FCP sequence. As James said, FCPX may not support the the same formats, but it actually supports many more natively than did previous versions.

  • vivianfrommadison Level 1 (30 points)

    Try third party tool. I use this video converter which can help convert 3GP, mts, mxf files to apple prores MOV which FCP X can recognize. Many people said FCP can read almost all the video formats but under my experiences, it is not true. I have VRO and MXF files which are both beyond its ability.

  • greenfromkansas Level 1 (20 points)

    3gp is not supported with FCP X,  and you should first convert your 3gps to mp4, mov, or avi, then import the converted mp4, mov, or avi file o FCP X. 


    I am always using third party tool "Total Video Converter" from App store to convert my Youtube FLV files to iPhone, so great.   And you will search it easily on App store.


    But if your OS is lower than 10.6.6, you can search "Total Video Converter etinysoft" , and the first result is the same app as that on App store.