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So I see from Apple that my iPhone 7 movie clips cannot be imported into FCPX 10.3.4 (or iMovie, for that matter) and that I have to upgrade to 10.4. Thing is, that requires me upgrading my OS to Sierra, which I can't yet do because I am using some software which is not compatible with Sierra. So what the heck??!!! Am I now not able to import my iPhone movies for editing on my Mac? That's crazy. Is there a work around?

iMac, OS X El Capitan (10.11), 3.4 GHz, Fusion drive

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I believe so, but I just used my iPhone, which now uses that. Not sure there is any choice. I did just find a workaround though. Import into Photos app, which reads the files just fine, and then export. It then creates h.264 files which can be edited in Final Cut. So there you go. Not sure if there is any generational quality loss, mind you.

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Mar 13, 2018 9:56 AM in response to Tom Wolsky In response to Tom Wolsky

I believe so, but I just used my iPhone, which now uses that. Not sure there is any choice. I did just find a workaround though. Import into Photos app, which reads the files just fine, and then export. It then creates h.264 files which can be edited in Final Cut. So there you go. Not sure if there is any generational quality loss, mind you.

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Mar 13, 2018 10:02 AM in response to Cartoonguy In response to Cartoonguy

iOS Camera settings Formats. Select Most Compatible. There will be lose in the recompression. Photos doesn’t handle video files correctly for production.


What OS are you using? I curious what Photos is doing.

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Mar 13, 2018 10:02 AM in response to Tom Wolsky In response to Tom Wolsky

10.11.6. My copy of Pro Tools will not work with Sierra, so unless I spend a bunch on an upgrade I don't need, in the middle of a production, I am sticking with this OS until I finish the project.


Thanks for the tip about format choice on the phone. Who the heck would know?? (Besides you!! 🙂)

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