"Can't Import MP4 to Final Cut Pro/FCPX"-Solved

MP4 to FCP Converter: Convert/Import MP4 to Final Cut Pro (X)


MP4 to Final Cut Pro Converter

The Avdshare Video Converter has an excellent performance in converting MP4 to Final Cut Pro/FCPX. Besides that, this professional converter works well in exporting FCP files to MP4.

More Features about MP4 to FCP/FCPX Converter

  1. Besides convert MP4 to Final Cut Pro, convert any video format to FCP/FCPX like M4V, WMV, AVI, MKV, VOB, AVCHD, MXF, MOD, TOD, RMVB, 3GP, FLV, ASF, SWF, etc.
  2. Aside convert MP4 to Final Cut Pro, convert any audio formats to FCP/FCPX like MP3, CAF, OGG, BWF, WAV, WMA, FLAC, AAC, AC3, etc.
  3. Convert between video format and media player or editor like iTunes, iMovie, FCP, FCPX, QuickTime Player,Windows Movie Maker, Windows Media Player, etc.
  4. Easily import any format to portable devices like iPhone, iPod, iPad, Android phones or tablets, Samsung TV or phones, Apple TV, HTC phones or tablets, Blackberry, PSP, PS3, Xbox, Zune, etc.
  5. Edit MP4 before importing to FCP/FCPX like trim or crop, merge or split, adjust subtitles, add special effect/watermark, rotate the video, add/delete audio track, increase audio volume, etc.
  6. Burn MP4 to DVD with simple way.
  7. Mac version and Windows version cover all the operation platforms.

Guidance on how to convert MP4 to Final Cut Pro/FCPX

Please follow the step-by-step guide on how to convert MP4 to Final Cut Pro/FCPX quickly.

Make Preparation: Free download MP4 to Final Cut Pro converter-Avdshare Video Converter

Free download the professional MP4 to Final Cut Pro converter-Avdshare Video Converter (for Windows, for Mac), install and run it, the following interface will pop up.


Step 1 Add MP4 clips

Click "Add File" button or simply drag and drop MP4 clips to this app. Batch conversion allows you to convert more than one MP4 files simultaneously.


Step 2 Define the output format

Click the "Profile" drop-down button to select Final Cut Pro compatible 'ProRes - Apple ProRes codec(*.mov)' or 'DV - Digital Video Format (*.dv)' from "General Video" category.

Tips: Click “Effect” button to experience the amazing editing functions of this app.

Step 3 Start MP4 to Final Cut Pro conversion

Click the BIG ROUND button at the right bottom side to start MP4 to Final Cut Pro converting process.

Why Can’t Import MP4 Clips to FCP/FCPX?

How do I edit a mp4 file in Final Cut Pro?-I imported an mp4 file into Final Cut Pro, but if I click on it or try and put it on my timeline it gives me a general error message and says "error: out of memory." The mp4 plays fine on my computer but I can't seem to convert it or edit it.  I would really appreciate any help.  Thank you so much!”

As known to all that Final Cut Pro is a popular video editing tool and has developed to Final Cut Pro X/7. It is quite common when we recorded some MP4 videos with our camcorder like Sony DSC-M1, or we downloaded or bought some MP4 movies from iTunes or YouTube, we might have the idea to edit these MP4 files with Final Cut Pro or FCPX. Well it seems that this job is not that easy as we imagine. A large number of questions and discussions about “can’t import MP4 to FCP or FCPX” spread out on various forums.

To solve the problem, it is necessary to know what the reason behind these phenomenons.


Here is a list illustrating what types of format FCP/FCPX supports:

Video Formats:

Apple Animation codec, Apple Intermediate codec, Apple ProRes (all versions), AVC-Intra, AVC-LongG, AVCHD (including AVCCAM, AVCHD Lite, and NXCAM), DV (including DVCAM, DVCPRO, and DVCPRO50), DVCPRO HD H.264, HDV, iFrame, Motion JPEG (OpenDML only), MPEG IMX (D-10), REDCODE RAW (R3D), Uncompressed 10-bit 4:2:2, Uncompressed 8-bit 4:2:2, XAVC (including XAVC-S), XDCAM HD/EX/HD422, QuickTime formats

Audio formats:


Still-image formats:

BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, PSD (static and layered), RAW, TGA, TIFF

Container formats:

3GP, AVI, MOV (QuickTime), MP4, MTS/M2TS, MXF

We can conclude from the above that MP4 is really in the long list while some MP4 clips still can’t be imported to FCP/FCPX, mainly due to the fact that only the MP4 files with special codec (H.264) are supported by FCP/FCPX.

To solve this problem, the effective way is to convert MP4 files to Final Cut Pro more compatible format like MOV, DV.


After converted the MP4 files, now you can smoothly import MP4 files and edit with Final Cut Pro or Fianl Cut Express. In addition, you can export the FCP files firstly to MOV and then convert the MOV files to MP4, in this way exporting FCP/FCPX files to MP4 format.

The following issues are solved.

Import mp4 clip in FCPX-I have installed FCPX in my MacBook Pro retina 15" end 2013 version 10.10.4 YOSEMITE. I shoot my video with my SONY PMW-EX1R, it is an XDCAM EX camcorder. I have some clips MP4 in my desktop but I cannot import them in FCPX: when I click import media and I select the clip I want to import, I don't see the preview of the clip but a green timeline. I download this plug-in: XAVC/XDCAM Plug-in for Apple (PDZK-LT2) but I don't understand how it works and how to use it with FCPX. Can anyone tell me how to fix this problem?”

Angelo MP4 video looks blurry in Final Cut pro- I'm trying to edit some videos from my sony nex-5 (mp4) in final cut pro x, but those videos look blurry on fcpx. however in quick time those look amazing. i tried several ways using compressor 4 ( ProRes LT, ProRes 422(HQ), MPEG-4 Video) and the results still the same. I'm using iMac 27" 2.7 Ghz intel Core i5, 4 GB memory.”

Issues w/ importing mp4 files to final cut pro x-I am trying to edit some lenghty gameplay i have previously recorded.  I used eye tv 3 and a hd pvr to capture the video and then converted the videos to mp4.  When using imovie everything works fine and importing the mp4 video to edit has no issues.  But when i import the same mp4 file to final cut pro x the video is extremely chopping and a green frame pops into the picture on playbacks every few seconds.”

“Importing MP4 into FCPX- My son and I have just downloaded the trial version of FCPX and am running into an import problem. All his videos are recorded in MP4 format on an SD card. When we try to import the clips from the SD card, they appear in FCPX as a black clip with audio only.”