2 Replies Latest reply: Apr 6, 2014 5:09 AM by Russ H
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I have been given approx 200 mpg files from a friend on an external hard drive which she  wants me to edit and put on disc.  I have tried both FCP X and iMovie but unable to open them in either.


Is there a quick fix way I can batch convert all the the files together into individual .mov files so I can use them in Final Cut?


Many thanks in advance



Mac Pro, OS X Mavericks (10.9.2)
  • Ian R. Brown Level 6 (18,615 points)

    What are mpg files  .  .  .  .  mpg2, mpg3,mpg4 or what?


    Try MPEG Streamclip, though I don't know whether it will batch-convert.

  • Russ H Level 7 (20,240 points)

    There was just a long discussion about this.


    If they are dot mpg, they are MPEG Program Stream files. Those can be opened in Compressor ($50) and transcoded to an editing codec. A somewhat cheaper alternative is to use MPEG Streamclip, but you will need to get the MPEG-2 Playback Component from Apple. ($20). Both Compressor and MPEG Streamclip can do batch conversions.


    If you just need to change the codec, you can right click on the files in the Finder and choose Encode Selected Video Files.


    If they are Transport Streams, use MPEG Streamclip.