How to Rip, Convert and Import Blu-ray to Final Cut Pro (X)?

Summary: Want to edit Blu-ray movies in Final Cut Pro (FCP X)? Simply follow this article to convert and import Blu-ray to FCP X/7/6 on Mac OS X (Mavericks).

Final Cut Pro X, the latest version of video-editing software geared for professionals from a company increasingly focused on mainstream consumers. Final Cut Pro X is a follow-up to Final Cut Pro 7, software Apple released in 2009 as part of Final Cut Studio. Like Apple’s newly released of Mac OS X Mavericks, Final Cut Pro X was only be available to customers through the Mac App Store. However, if you want to import Blu-ray to Final Cut Pro (X) for further editing, you’ll be disappointed since Final Cut Pro only accepts DV, HDV, P2 MXF (DVCProHD), XDCAM, and 2K film formats. Fortunately, there is an easy way to fix this issue. Let’s find it out here.

To add Blu-ray films into FCP X, the easy workaround is to convert Blu-ray to Final Cut Pro natively supported ProRes codecs. And you can achieve your goal smoothly with a professional Mac Blu-ray to ProRes Converter. The best program I can recommend for converting Blu-ray to FCP is UFUSoft Blu-ray Ripper for Mac. With it, you can effortlessly rip Blu-ray to Apple ProRes MOV format for further editing within your Final Cut Pro 6/7 and FCP X on Mac (Mavericks and Mountain Lion included) without quality loss. Now download this program and follow this guide below to complete your task.

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How to Convert Blu-ray movie to Final Cut Pro X ProRes MOV on Mac with ease

1. Load Blu-ray movies

Insert the Blu-ray disc you want to convert into your Mac’s hard drive and click “DISC” button to import the Blu-ray movies. Or simply drag the Blu-ray disc icon on the desktop to the program. Loaded Blu-ray movies can be previewed in the right preview window and you’re free to take snapshots of your favorite Blu-ray movies. In addition, you can select the subtitle and audio track as you like.

2. Select output format

Clicking “Format” bar and choose Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov) as output format from the “Final Cut Pro” category. The output videos will work with FCP X flawlessly. In addition, video presets for 150+ devices like iPhone, iPad, iPod, PSP, Xbox 360, Samsung, Zune, Archos, etc. are provided to help you get videos to best fit a certain device.

Tip: To have a smooth playback and editing after conversion, for FCP 6, you can only choose ProRes 422 and ProRes 422(HQ) as export format; while, for FCP 7 and FCP X, ProRes 422(LT)/ProRes 444/ProRes 422(Proxy) are all supported.

3. Start Blu-ray to FCP ProRes conversion

When all the settings are fine, click the Convert button to start the conversion. You’re done. Now your Blu-ray files will be converted into ProRes .MOV files ready to be imported into Final Cut Pro X (Click File > Import > Files to import the projects).

1) If you are a FCP X user, before you try to do the conversion, don’t forget to make sure that you have installed the Apple ProRes Codec manually since the FCP X asks users to install it by themselves.

2) If you want to edit Blu-ray videos in iMovie or Final Cut Express (FCE), you just need to choose the “iMovie and Final Cut Express -> Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)” in the second step.

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